Hospital Bag Essentials

So, the big day is just around the corner. Are you ready with your hospital bag essentials? While you’re at it, it’s best to book a professional newborn photographer in Melbourne as well. Read on to know why.

Your baby might arrive earlier than expected. When is the good time to pack your hospital bag is up to you, but a good idea would be not later than 36 weeks of your pregnancy journey. It is the most probable time your baby would want to ease out into the big, wide world. 

As your big day approaches, activities left and right may overwhelm you. So before everything becomes awry, you have to prepare the basics. Here is a list of your hospital bag essentials to prepare you for the baby’s arrival.

A picture ID, health insurance, and hospital forms should be the first contents found in your hospital bag. Check with your hospital if there is paperwork that you need to accomplish prenatally. It would be a good idea to carry your prenatal medical records with you in case your health provider needs it. Include a copy of your birth plan (if you have one) along with your documents.

Hospital Bag Essentials

Personal Items

Bring some personal items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, hair ties, and deodorant, maternity pads, breast pads. The hospital usually provides soap, shampoo, lotion, and tissues, but you can bring your own if you have personal preferences. You can bring your towel in case you need a regular-sized one as hospitals tend to provide only small ones. 

Pack a bathrobe, some loose and comfortable clothes, slippers and socks. You might want to add maternity bras and lots of undies . Hospitals provide gowns to wear during labor and delivery, but you can choose to wear your robe and socks if you feel more comfortable in them. Bring some change of clothes for when you are ready to be discharged from the hospital.


Bring your cellphone and charger. You will be billeted in the hospital for a few days after delivery, and you will need them to communicate with family and friends or simply to take a some pictures of your brand new baby and share it with your family and loved ones.

Baby’s Stuff

Pack your baby’s going home outfits in your hospital bag. It is suggested to bring baby clothes of different sizes to anticipate the baby’s size after delivery. You may also bring the baby’s swaddling blanket and other items that your baby might need at the hospital. Have a properly installed car seat for the baby to use when it is time to leave the hospital.

Breastfeeding Essentials

You can bring your own breast pump so you can practice alongside a lactation consultant while still in the hospital during the first feeding period of your baby. 


Don’t forget to bring snacks. After a long and hard labor, you’ll surely be famished and look for nourishment other than hospital food. Bring food that you will enjoy and reward yourself after a successful pregnancy journey.

Why hire a newborn photographer?

Pregnancy can be quite demanding and tiring, but it can be a pleasant feeling as well. Make the days count before the big day by preparing the essentials for your birth with no rush and just enjoy the process. 

Remember this wonderful day by booking a professional newborn photographer who can capture your precious moments. You’ll want the best documentation for when your bun in the oven comes out. 

If you’re looking for a professional newborn photographer in Melbourne, look no further because we can do that and more.

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