What to pack for labour - ultimate list of what you'll need to pack for the birth

This is a holy-moly-thats-a-big-list, of everything that you could possibly think of - it's a starting point from which you can reduce to a list of what you personally need.



  • Pregnancy information
  • Hospital information
  • Birth plan
  • Community services card
  • GP / Specialist / Midwives details
  • Medical insurance details


  • Lip balm
  • Facial spray
  • Birth aid spray
  • Single use undies, like the Belly Beyond Wonder Undies
  • Wheat pack / hot water bottle
  • Massage lotion
  • Soothing music
  • Comfy pillow
  • Birth To Earth Placenta Kit
  • Warm socks
  • Big t-shirt or Birthing Wrap
  • Hair ties
  • Snacks / muesli bars / barley sugars / mints
  • Magazine / puzzle book
  • Nursing singlet and comfy pants - check out the HOTmilk range for amazing singlets and PJ's
  • Camera / video
  • Cell phone and charger
  • List of people to call / address book


  • Purelan Nipple Cream
  • Breast pads 
  • Maternity pads
  • Belly Beyond Wonder Undies
  • Maternity bras
  • Pyjamas / nighties
  • Vespa Belly Wrap
    • Belly Beyond tip: dark colours are best for hospital wear and something soft & silky which helps you slide on and off the bed easily

  • Slippers
  • Dressing gown
  • Loose comfortable day clothing
  • Toiletries, soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, make up, deodorant, moisturizer, face cloth, towel, soft toilet paper
  • Jandals for the shower
  • Ear plugs
  • Eye mask
  • Breast pump
  • Plastic bags for dirty clothes
  • Pen and notepad / journal
  • Glasses / contacts
  • Ipod
  • Snacks
  • Wallet
  • Bag of change for vending machines / parking / phone
  • Gift for midwife / support people





It's really important that Dad packs a bag to bring too. The last thing you want is Dad nipping off to get food and drink right when you need him most!

  • Togs & Towel (if you are planning a water birth or laboring in water)
  • Drink and a snack
  • Magazine / book
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Change of clothes if you’ve come straight from work as labor might be long
  • Tooth brush and tooth paste


It's a great idea to have a gift ready, which can be something for each of the older siblings "from baby"