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What to Pack

Ensure that your hospital bag is packed well in advance - you never know what might happen!

In Mom’s bag:

  • Front opening night dresses (for breastfeeding) 2-3
  • Gown
  • Slippers
  • Underwear (including nursing bra)
  • Towels 2-3
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, - paste; soap; deodorant; shampoo; hairbrush; etc)
  • Make-up
  • Tissues
  • Maternity pads 2 packs
  • Disposable maternity panties
  • Nursing pads
  • Going home outfit

For labor:

  • Old night dress or T-shirt
  • Facecloth
  • Warm socks
  • Wheat bag (to ease the pain)
  • Lip balm for dry lips
  • Hair ties for long hair
  • Reading material


Checklist for Baby

In Baby’s bag:

  • Newborn disposable nappies *
  • Wet wipes *
  • Bum cream *
  • Aqueous cream *
  • Baby powder (Maizena works even better)
  • Cotton buds
  • Cotton puffs
  • Surgical alcohol *
  • Receiving blankets 2-3
  • Warm big blanket
  • Clothes 4-5 sets
  • Socks or booties
  • Vests & beanie (in winter)
  • Dummy if preferred
  • Gripe water
  • Bottles (2 x 125ml) if preferred to bottle feed

*Items normally included in Medi Clinic’s baby bags


Checklist for Dad

In Dad’s ba:

  • Pre-admission forms & Medical aid card
  • Birth plan
  • Cell phone with charger and important numbers
  • Camera and or video camera
  • Toothbrush & -paste
  • Change of clothes
  • Pen, paper & watch (to monitor contractions)
  • Nutritious snacks (like bananas – for Mom & Dad)

Checklist for going home

For Baby
Car seat (Snug & Safe) for baby

Download the checklist beneath, print it out and be ready!

Checklist on what to pack

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