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To make sure you have everything you need at home and can focus entirely on your new family.

What do I need in my hospital bag?

You never know how things will turn out. That's why it’s always best to pack a bag for your stay in hospital before your baby is due to be born. In addition to personal hygiene products, we also recommend:

  • Medicare Card, private health insurance (if applicable) and any hospital paperwork required
  • Birth plan or maternity notes
  • Bed socks
  • 2 Nightdress or long T-shirts for during labour
  • 1 Face washer
  • Dressing gown
  • Nightgowns which unbutton at the front (make it easier to breastfeed) or a breastfeeding T-shirt
  • Old underwear or disposable ones; ones that you won't mind throwing away later
  • Breastfeeding bra, nursing pads and nipple cream
  • Slippers
  • Massage oil or lotion if you want to be massaged during labour
  • Lip balm
  • Hair elastics if you have long hair
  • Your own pillow
  • Heat pack; many hospitals have a limited supply
  • Toiletries
  • Maternity pads
  • Ear plugs; in case you end up on a noisy ward
  • Your favorite music or audio-books
  • A note pad and pen;for tracking your baby’s feeding sessions, writing down questions for your midwife or doctor, noting what the paediatrician says, jotting down memories of your baby’s first few days and so on. 
  • Outside clothes suitable for the time of year for the journey home
  • And last but not least, biscuits, fruit or similar for the father-to-be or other loved ones accompanying you to the hospital

For baby:

  • 1 Onesie for trip home
  • 1 Little jacket
  • Warm socks or booties and mittens
  • 3 Sleeping outfits
  • Baby blanket if cold
  • Nappies, wipes and bags for soiled nappies
  • Muslin wraps
  • 1 Set of outdoor gear with hat
  • Portable child car seat

You should also have the following on hand:

  • Maternity log
  • Identity card/passport
  • Marriage certificate, birth certificates for unmarried couples
  • Family record book

Leave jewellery, large amounts of cash and other valuables at home. 

Sounds like a lot? No need to worry - even if you're not perfectly organised, your baby doesn't enter the world with a ready-packed bag either.

What things should I have in the house before the baby is born?

No need for stress - you don't have to welcome your baby home with a freshly painted, comfortably furnished nursery. It is much more important that you spend time with your child and are able to focus completely on its well-being. This works best if your home is arranged practically:

  • Baby changing table at the right height
  • Baby Bath
  • Washable changing mat
  • Cot with suitable mattress and at least 2 fitted sheets
  • Stroller or pram
  • 1-2 sleeping bags suitable for the time of year
  • Heater for the baby changing area
  • Baby monitor
  • A mobile bassinet or cradle for the first few months

How much care does a baby's skin need?

Your baby's delicate skin needs lots of care and attention, particularly in the first few months. The best thing (for the environment too) is still a face washer and warm water. The basic equipment you will need to care for your baby also includes:

  • Nappies (smallest size)
  • Nourishing wipes, powder and rash cream
  • Nappy pail with lid
  • Baby bath
  • Bath thermometer
  • 2 towels (ideally with a hood)
  • Baby oil or baby lotion for after bathing
  • Soft brush
  • Baby nail cutters
  • 4-6 soft flannel washers
  • 6-8 bibs
  • muslin wraps
  • Sterile compresses for treating the navel area




What is important for breastfeeding and drinking?

Breastfeeding is best for your baby - and with a little help usually works like clockwork. Nevertheless, despite their best attempts, there are times when a mother simply cannot breastfeed. For times such as these, it is important to always have a bottle at home and if possible to pump the breast milk for your baby. This check list contains everything you will need in the first few months:

  • Several breastfeeding bras
  • Nursing pads
  • Breastfeeding cushion
  • 1-2  breast milk bottles
  • 3-4 teats (silicone or latex in size 1 small flow)
  • Breast pump if required (so you can feed your baby valuable breast milk from the bottle in emergencies)
  • Bottle brush
  • Baby food warmer for bottles and baby foods as your baby gets older
  • Steriliser for the microwave or an electric one
  • Baby bottle cleanser
  • 1-2 soothers (size 1, to satisfy the strong urge to suck even between breastfeeding)