Baby lying on mat with baby accessories

Baby Hospital Bag Essentials

It's almost time... You’ve been through ultrasounds, friends and family announcements, gender reveals, late-night craving runs and nursery prep… phew! All that’s left to do? Pack your hospital bags. So scroll down for a helping hand…

Kerry Martin
Kerry Martin

Packing a bag may feel like a distant memory, since restrictions sent our suitcases to the attic instead of sitting on them to zip them up (sad times)... While you and your birthing partner might have your hospital gear together, packing for a teeny human can be daunting. So check out a few of our suggestions:

Gray basket with Primark baby products and teddy bea
Babyworld Gray Felt Caddy Basket $12, Small Plush Brown Bear $3, Baby Face And Body Cream $3.50, Primark Vegan Baby Balm $3.50, Primark Baby Hair And Body Wash $3.50, Primark Baby Bedtime Bubble Bath $3.50, Baby Bamboo Hair Brush $3

Baby Hospital Bag Checklist

  • The Hospital Bag

  • Bath & Bodycare

  • Burp Cloths

  • Bodysuits & Sleepers

  • Newborn Accessories

  • Baby Blanket

  • Cuddly Toys

  • Grooming Kit

  • Hair Brush

  • Diapers and wipes

The Hospital Bag

Organized compartments, easily accessible and transportable: must-haves for any hospital bag. Check out our hospital bags: from carryalls to crossbody picks, we have something just right for you.

Bath & Bodycare

Baby changing mat and baby accessories
Changing Mat $7, Babyworld Gray Felt Caddy Basket $12, 7-Piece Baby Grooming Set $7

As with pretty much all of pregnancy and parenthood, there are no strict rules on when to have baby’s first bath. If you think you'll start soon after the birth while still in the hospital, it's handy to have baby bath and body essentials in your bag (especially if you’re a first time mom just learning how to bathe your little one).

Burp Cloths

Make sure to pack about half a dozen of these little square saviors: you can use them mop up any milk residue or dribble. To prevent stains, put one over your shoulder when burping your little one to keep it as tidy as possible.

Bodysuits & Sleepers

If you're all about great style, you've probably already picked your baby's going home look. Whether you go for bodysuits, sleepers or a set, we have plenty of cute picks for you.

All our sleepers and bodysuits have helpful features, like easy access snaps or zippers for diaper changes plus grow-with-me-hems you can adjust. And all are all washer and dryer-friendly for those inevitable accidents.

Newborn Accessories

Baby lying on mat with baby accessories, full size

And don't forget accessories: remember socks and shoes if you’ve picked a set for your little one. Cold outside? You'll need a jacket or sleeper, hat and mittens.

Baby Blanket

A hospital bag essential. The hospital might give you one, but think about bringing your own super-soft blanket for when visitors want to hold your little one, or to keep baby warm when it’s finally time to go home.

Cuddly Toys

Whether looking back on a childhood favorite or still having it to pass it onto their own kids, everyone needs a comforting, cuddly plush toy for their first night’s sleep in the big wide world! We have a whole snuggly collection, with bears, bunnies, elephants and even your fave film pals.

Grooming Kit

Baby changing mat and baby caddy basket

It might feel like a slightly trivial thing for your hospital bag, but it’s guaranteed to come in handy (if not for little one, for you or your visitors). It has useful baby-proof tools like nail clippers, nail file, mini scissors, comb, mini toothbrush and a finger brush to massage and soothe your little one’s gums.

This is one item you won’t know you’ll need until baby arrives (how exciting!). Because as we know, some babies are born with an adorbs abundance of hair (some, not so much…). The soft bristles on this brush are gentle on their delicate heads as the soothing motion lulls them to sleep.

And finally….

Remember a stash of diapers and wipes...