The Ultimate Hospital Pack List: Prepare for Your Big Day with Confidence

The Ultimate Hospital Pack List: Prepare for Your Big Day with Confidence

As the big day approaches, it's essential to prepare a well-organised hospital pack list to make your stay more comfortable and stress-free. In partnership with, we've compiled a comprehensive packing list for expectant mothers, their birth partners, and their newborns. Don't forget to check out Darby and Co's wide range of baby essentials to make your transition into parenthood as smooth as possible.

For the Expectant Mother

Important Documents

Bring your Medicare card, health insurance details (if applicable), hospital paperwork, birth plan, and maternity notes or antenatal card.


Pack an old nightdress or large t-shirt for labor, a dressing gown, backless slippers or thongs, and socks to keep your feet warm during labor. Check out our collection of baby clothing for more options.

Comfort Items

Consider massage oil or lotion, a birth ball, heat packs, and a TENS pain relief machine for extra support and pain management.


Bring books, magazines, games, knitting, or a tablet to pass the time, as well as lip balm, glasses or contact lenses, and hair accessories.

Food and Drink

Pack snacks and drinks for energy and hydration, including carb-rich snacks, mints, and isotonic sports drinks.

Post-Birth Essentials

Prepare nursing bras, breast pads, nipple cream, maternity pads, nightshirts, toiletries, and comfortable clothes for the journey home. Browse our best-sellers for more inspiration.

For the Birth Partner

Comfort Items

Include water spray, a handheld fan, comfortable shoes, and a change of clothes to stay fresh during labor.

Practical Items

Bring bendy straws, swimwear (if allowed by the hospital), a mobile phone, charger, digital camera, address book, and snacks and drinks to stay energized.

For the Car

Pack spare change for parking and vending machines.

For the Newborn


Prepare two or three wraps and vests, socks, booties, mittens, a hat, and a going-home outfit. Find a variety of baby wraps and blankets to choose from.


Bring a baby blanket, disposable or reusable nappies, wipes or cotton wool, muslin squares or burp cloths, and an infant car seat.


Consider gifts for older siblings and a jacket or cardigan for added warmth when leaving the hospital.

Before bringing your baby home, stock up on essentials like Haakaa products for breastfeeding and a Snuggle Me lounger for a safe and comfortable place to put your baby down.

Explore our wide range of baby products, from baby blankets to hospital travel bags, at Darby and Co to make your parenting journey a breeze.

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