Dear Moms-to-be

While you eagerly await the arrival of your little ones, there's a whirlwind of emotions swirling within you – excitement, anticipation, and perhaps a touch of nervousness too.

But amidst the anticipation and flurry of preparations, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by the question: "What do I really need?"

Fear not, dear friends, for I am here to guide you through this process with love and care. In this guide, we'll explore the essentials for packing your hospital bag – focusing on simplicity, functionality, and nurturing comfort for Mom. So, let's dive in together and prepare for the journey ahead with confidence and peace of mind.


The number of items to pack in your hospital bag can vary depending on personal preferences, the length of your stay, and specific needs. However, here's a general guideline to consider: 


Choose loose-fitting, breathable garments that prioritize comfort without compromising style. Look for cozy pyjamas, soft robes, and comfortable underwear to help you feel at ease during your hospital stay. Remember, comfort is key as you start this beautiful journey of motherhood.

  • Loose-fitting, breathable garments such as pyjamas, nightgowns, or loungewear: Choose soft, comfortable fabrics that feel gentle against your skin and allow for ease of movement. Opt for materials like cotton or bamboo, which are breathable and help regulate body temperature. Look for designs with easy access for breastfeeding or medical examinations, such as button-down tops or front-opening nightgowns. This ensures convenience during labor, delivery, and postpartum care. Bring at least 2-3 sets.
  • Comfortable underwear, preferably high-waisted:  Choose underwear made from soft, breathable materials that feel comfortable against your skin, especially during postpartum recovery. Look for styles with ample coverage and gentle elastic bands to avoid irritation or discomfort. High-waisted underwear provides support and coverage for your abdomen, particularly if you've had a cesarean section or abdominal surgery. High-waisted styles can also help hold postpartum pads or maternity pads securely in place. Bring at least 10-15 pairs.
  • A cozy robe or sweater for added warmth: It's important to choose a garment that provides warmth and comfort during your stay. Opt for a soft, cozy robe or sweater made from breathable fabric that allows for easy movement and relaxation. Consider the climate and season when selecting the thickness and material of the robe or sweater to ensure it suits your needs. Bring 1 piece.
  • Slippers or non-slip socks: For walking comfortable around the hospital. Bring 1 pair.
  • Nursing bras or comfortable bras: Look for bras made from soft, stretchy materials that provide gentle support without digging into your skin. Wide, adjustable straps and a comfortable band, won't cause discomfort, especially during long periods of wear. Select bras with easy-to-open nursing clips or flaps for quick and convenient access during breastfeeding sessions. The clips should be sturdy and easy to manipulate with one hand, allowing you to nurse your baby discreetly and without hassle. Consider investing in a few different styles of nursing bras to suit your needs and preferences. For example, you may want a seamless, wire-free bra for everyday wear and a supportive, underwire bra for more structured support when needed. Bring at least 2-3 nursing bras.

Remember, your comfort is essential during this special time. Choose clothing that makes you feel relaxed and at ease, allowing you to focus on what matters most – welcoming your little one into the world with love and joy.


When it comes to selecting personal care items for your bag, I want you to feel supported, nurtured, and cared for every step of the way. Imagine yourself surrounded by the gentle scent of familiar toiletries, each product chosen with love and consideration for your delicate postpartum needs. Picture the comforting embrace of a soft robe or cozy sweater, offering warmth and reassurance during moments of vulnerability.

With each item carefully selected, you're creating a sanctuary of self-care amidst the whirlwind of labor and delivery. From soothing lotions to hydrating lip balm, every product serves as a reminder of your strength, resilience, and unwavering love for your growing family.


  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Hairbrush or comb
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Body wash or soap
  • Face wash or cleansing wipes
  • Moisturizer
  • Lip balm
  • Deodorant


  • Menstrual pads (for postpartum bleeding)
  • Panty liners
  • Disposable underwear or mesh underwear (can beprovided by the hospital)


  • Perineal spray or witch hazel pads for soothing discomfort
  • Dermoplast spray or numbing cream for pain relief
  • Sitz bath herbs or disposable sitz bath packs for healing
  • Tucks pads or medicated wipes for hemorrhoid relief


  • Nursing pads to absorb leaking breast milk
  • Nipple cream or lanolin for sore nipples
  • Breast pump (if planning to use)


  • Hair ties or headbands
  • Facial tissues
  • Nail file or clippers
  • Glasses or contact lenses

As you pack your bag, know that each item you choose is a reflection of your nurturing spirit and innate maternal instinct. These personal care essentials are more than mere items—they're symbols of your dedication to yourself and your baby, ensuring that you both receive the utmost care and attention during this transformative time.

May these carefully chosen products serve as a source of comfort, relief, and joy as you embark on the beautiful journey of motherhood. You deserve every ounce of care and tenderness, dear mom-to-be, and I'm here to support you every step of the way.


Choosing the right hydration and nutrition during labor and delivery, as well as in the postpartum period, is an essential aspect of ensuring both you and your baby stay healthy and nourished during this transformative time.

During labor and delivery, staying hydrated is paramount. Your body is working hard to bring your baby into the world, and adequate hydration can help support your energy levels and promote optimal functioning. 

Nourishing your body with nutrient-rich snacks is equally important during labor.

  • Water Bottle: Staying hydrated is crucial during labor, so be sure to pack a reusable water bottle that you can refill easily. Look for a bottle with a secure lid to prevent spills and leaks.
  • Electrolyte Drinks: In addition to water, consider packing electrolyte drinks or sports drinks to replenish your electrolyte levels and provide extra hydration during labor. Choose varieties without added sugars or artificial ingredients for optimal nutrition.
  • Healthy Snacks: Labor can be a physically demanding process, so it's important to have nourishing snacks on hand to keep your energy levels up. Pack nutrient-rich snacks such as granola bars, trail mix, fruit, yogurt, or whole-grain crackers. Choose options that are easy to eat and digest, and avoid foods that are overly processed or high in sugar.
  • Hard Candies or Mints: Some women find that sucking on hard candies or mints can help alleviate dry mouth and provide a quick energy boost during labor. Pack a few individually wrapped candies or mints to have on hand when needed.
  • Herbal Tea Bags: I f you enjoy drinking herbal tea, consider packing a few tea bags to enjoy during labor. Herbal teas can be comforting and soothing, providing a warm and calming beverage to sip on between contractions. Choose caffeine-free varieties such as chamomile or peppermint for relaxation and hydration.
  • Reusable Straws: Drinking fluids during labor can be challenging, especially if you're lying down or in a specific position. Pack a few reusable straws to make it easier to sip water or electrolyte drinks without having to lift your head or sit up.

Choose hydrating beverages that replenish your body's fluids and provide a steady stream of energy to fuel your task ahead. Look for nutrient-rich snacks and meals that nourish your body and uplift your spirits, giving you the strength and vitality you need to embrace each moment with grace and resilience. Remember, there's no one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition during this transformative time. Trust in your body, listen to its cues, and honor its needs with love and compassion. 



Amidst the excitement and anticipation, remember to pack items that will nurture your soul and provide moments of respite during this sacred time.

Entertainment and relaxation play a crucial role in helping you find moments of peace and tranquility in the intensity of labor and delivery. Whether it's losing yourself in the pages of a beloved book, immersing yourself in the soothing melodies of your favorite music, or simply taking a few moments to close your eyes and breathe deeply, these small acts of self-care can make all the difference.

  • Books or magazines: Pack a couple of your favorite reads to help pass the time and transport you to another world when you need a mental escape. Bring 1-2 books or magazines.
  • Music playlist or audiobooks: Create a soothing playlist of your favorite tunes or download some audiobooks to listen to during labor or while resting. Choose calming melodies or uplifting tracks that resonate with you. Bring a device loaded with your selected playlist or audiobooks.
  • Meditation or relaxation tools: Consider packing items such as a meditation app, guided imagery recordings, or a portable meditation pillow to help you relax and center yourself during labor or moments of stress. Bring 1-2 relaxation tools that work best for you.
  • Essential oils or aromatherapy: Bring along a few of your favorite essential oils and a small diffuser or inhaler to create a calming atmosphere in your hospital room. Choose scents like lavender, chamomile, or peppermint known for their relaxation properties. Bring 1-2 essential oils and a portable diffuser.
  • Journal or notebook: Keep a journal or notebook handy to jot down your thoughts, feelings, and reflections throughout the childbirth experience. Writing can be a therapeutic way to process emotions and capture precious memories. Bring 1 journal or notebook (remember a pen or pencil).
  • Comfort items from home: Don't forget to bring along any comfort items from home that help you feel relaxed and grounded, such as a favorite pillow, cozy blanket, or sentimental keepsake. These familiar items can provide a sense of comfort and reassurance during your hospital stay. 

Remember that childbirth is a deeply personal and transformative experience, unique to each individual. Honor your own needs and preferences, and surround yourself with the people and comforts that bring you the greatest sense of peace and joy. In doing so, you'll create a nurturing environment that allows you to welcome your baby into the world with love, grace, and serenity.


When preparing your hospital bag for childbirth, don't forget to include your birth plan and any essential paperwork. These documents are vital for ensuring that your healthcare team understands your preferences and can provide you with the best possible care during labor and delivery.


  • Multiple copies of your birth plan: It's a good idea to have several copies on hand to give to your healthcare providers, nurses, and support team.
  • Clearly written preferences: Outline your preferences for pain management, labor positions, interventions, and any special requests you may have.
  • Contact information: Include your name, your partner's name (if applicable), and emergency contact information.


For countries with universal healthcare coverage or where insurance may not be required for childbirth, the necessary paperwork may differ. In such cases, consider including the following:

  • Identification: Bring a form of identification for yourself and your partner, such as a driver's license or passport.
  • Insurance information: Have your health insurance card or information readily available for registration purposes.
  • Hospital registration forms: Some hospitals may require you to fill out paperwork upon arrival, so it's helpful to have this information prepared in advance.
  • Medical history: If you have any preexisting medical conditions or allergies, consider bringing a copy of your medical history to share with your healthcare team.
  • Consent forms: Be prepared to sign consent forms for medical procedures or interventions, if necessary.

By ensuring that you have your birth plan and necessary paperwork packed in your hospital bag, you can feel confident knowing that you're prepared to communicate your preferences and receive the best possible care during this special time.



In this preparation of the hospital bag, I want to extend my warmest wishes and heartfelt congratulations to you on this beautiful chapter of parenthood. May you feel a sense of readiness and anticipation as you pack each carefully chosen and lovingly items.

Remember, this bag isn't just filled with material things; it's also brimming with hope, love, and the promise of precious moments to come.

Whether you're a first-time parent or adding to your growing family, the road ahead may be filled with twists and turns, know that you are not alone. Through the ups and downs, may you find strength in the support of loved ones, comfort in the guidance of healthcare providers, and solace in the knowledge that you are doing the best you can for your little one.

I wish you a smooth and safe delivery, and may the days ahead be filled with blessings, wonder, and the purest of joys that parenthood brings.


The Hagelens Family