Your Hospital Bag Must Haves

After some great responses to the Midwife recommendations post (here) you asked me to post more recommendations from other Kiwi Families about such a wide range of topics. So I have decided to turn this into a series of posts where I ask you for your recommendations and give the answers here. I hope this will become yet another valuable resource in your pregnancy, after birth or just simply in your journey as a parent.

Hospital Bag Must Haves - I am an absolute rookie at this and spend hours on Pinterest so when I get messages asking me for my suggestions I point them that way, but there has to be NZ specific suggestions that are relevant to you all, right? Well the outcomes of that question are below & I hope this helps you when packing to meet your new arrival.

For Mum:

  • Hair Brush

  • Face care products

  • Lip Balm

  • Nipple Cream

  • Dry Shampoo

  • Body Wash

  • Adult Nappies / Large Pads

  • Black underwear (bigger than your usual! & more than you think you’ll need)

  • Comfortable loose clothing

  • Eye mask / Sleep mask (lights in the room that won’t turn off don’t help with rest)

  • Drink Bottle

  • Breast Pads (Hydrogel)

  • Ural

  • Bottle to squirt on tender perineum areas (add a cap of hypercal was a highly recommended option)

  • Hypercal Cream

  • Sports bra or something you can wear if in water

  • Drink Bottle

  • Flushable Wipes

  • Breastfeeding Singlets (it can be hot in the Maternity Ward)

  • Nipple Shields

  • Button up pajamas

  • Lactation Cookies

  • Hair Ties

  • Socks

  • Long charger lead (it’s likely there won’t be a charger point for your phone close enough)

  • Tens Machine

  • Snacks (for you and birth partner)

  • Your own pillowcase / pillow

  • Portable Speaker

  • Haakaa Pump

  • Wheatbag or Hot Water Bottle (for after pains)


This list was collated through Instagram responses and is of course personal preference, I hope it gives you some ideas of what might be helpful in preparing for your labour and birth.

Jordyn xx

Jordyn Gregory