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By Tracy main, Oct 20 2019 07:46AM

newborn baby photography by Tracy Main Photography
newborn baby photography by Tracy Main Photography

There are so many posts about what to pack in your hospital bag, it’s all a bit overwhelming so I thought I would do some research to try and help my expectant clients out.

When I started printing some off I quickly realised they were either American not making them as relevant,

or they just didn’t seem to include everything, like should you take different size sleep-suits?

cozy sleeping baby
cozy sleeping baby


Some people believe the contents depends on your birth plan, Well not everything always got to plan. So

the plan is to be prepared for the unexpected.

Keep open minded, anything could happen, be prepared that you might have to stay in a hospital instead

of a home both or you might have to stay in hospital for a longer timescale so packing should be sufficient for this also. So hopefully whatever your birth wish this hospital bag checklist should have you covered.

If you are planning a home birth still have a hospital bag packed. If you are planning a water birth be prepared that it might not be possible.

It is also a good idea about 4 weeks before baby is due to have an emergency car pack. So many babies

are actually born in the car on the way to the hospital. Some people get stuck in traffic, others baby just suddenly comes unexpected and very quickly so not enough time to get to hospital. Some people might be on an evening out so no hospital bag in car and no time to go home and get it to so the emergency pack is then with you.

Emergency car pack contents

Several towels, baby wipes, antibacterial hand gel, scissors, baby grow, nappy, bottle of water sanitary towel

Hospital Bag contents


It is a good idea to use your nappy bag if you have one to keep all things for the baby separate and

together in

Hospital bag checklist

Cotton wool pads

Water wipes (this is a bit of a controversial one, health visitors recommend wipes of no kind are used sometimes the cotton pads just don't do the job so have them as a back up)

Nappies. It is worth taking a few tiny baby size nappies and some newborn size as well as sometimes

babies are very small and the newborn ones swamp them.

Nappy cream - Not essential most newborns do not get nappy rash

Muslins x3. To clean up sick etc

Waterproof changing pad liner.- You can buy disposable changing pads these are very useful as babies will pee as soon as you take their nappy off this will save their crib sheets and clothes and prevent it going all

up their back as it will soak the pee up.

Swaddle blankets x2. Nice to keep baby warm and secure

Car seat blanket. You will need a blanket to put over baby in car seat when going home.

Ready made formula bottles You can buy them with sterilised teats included so need for any sterilising

(even if you are planning on breast feeding it is still worth taking them as not every baby can latch on.

Dummies -again you can buy sterilised disposable dummies or buy ones that can be sterilised in the microwave . Even if you don't want to give baby a dummy it is worth having them as a backup . Sometimes they help babies that are struggling getting the sucking reflex properly.

Bibs x 4

Hats x 3

Scratch mits x 2

Socks x 3

Bodysuits x 5. It is worth packing 3 newborn size and 2 tiny baby size

Sleep-suits x 4. Pack 4 newborn and 1 tiny baby just in case.

Cardigan. To put over going home outfit

Going home outfit. Take 2 maybe different sizes also think of what the weather might be and be prepared you could be discharged in the evening so it could be cold

Teddy’s. It is nice to have a little teddy as babies first teddy so you can photograph baby with.

Dirty clothes bag. Just a couple of Tesco bags to bring the washing home in.

Going Home outfit
Going Home outfit


Large t-shirt or nightshirt to give birth in

Bikini top. Worth taking even in not the king of going in the birthing pool but you have it in case.

Lightweight dressing gown. It does get very hot in hospitals and in Labour so take something cool but also that you don't mind getting ruined

Bed shirt x2. It is nice to have buttoned shirts to wear afterwards they are comfy and practical if breastfeeding.

Cheap large dark pants x5 It is also handy to take disposable knickers as the first few pairs you wear

could get very messy it saves having to wash them

Nursing bras x2 your breast will increase in size so buy a size larger than you are now.

Socks x2


Going home outfits. Make sure it is comfy and not tight fitting easy to put on.

Dark large towel & flannel


Breast pads & Large maternity pads

Toothbrush & toothpaste

Hairbrush, hair bobbles & clips

Body wash & mini shampoo/conditioner

un-scented deodorant

Face wipes & face moisturiser

Hand cream

Lip Balm

Cooling water spray This is great when in labour

Small mirror



Hospital notes

Camera & charger


Snacks, food and drink this is mainly for birthing partner as once mum is in labour food and drink is the last thing on her mind

Cash for parking

Car seat to bring baby home in

All you need now is for baby or babies to arrive

I hope this guide has been helpful

All photos in this article are taken by Tracy Main Photography

Have you thought about having a maternity photoshoot it is a stage in your life that is so beautiful and might only ever happen once in your life why not have these memories to keep for ever

Maternity photoshoot by Tracy Main Photography
Maternity photoshoot by Tracy Main Photography

Having a newborn photo shoot is the most amazing way to capture you newborn in the first few weeks of life . They are just so sleepy perfect and it is great to record this fleeting moment and have it for a lifetime.

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