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Tips for Packing your Hospital Bag

All set for the big day? Not sure where to start? Here are some tips for packing your hospital bag, plus a printable checklist.

Tips for packing your hospital bag

When should you pack your hospital bag?

They say timing is everything, but when it comes to choosing WHEN to pack your hospital bag, there’s some flexibility. Ideally, you should try to have your bags packed by around 32/33 weeks pregnant (juuuust in case). You’ll feel more relaxed and prepared, knowing that you have everything you need for your tiny-human’s arrival.

packing for your hospital bag


What should you pack in your hospital bag?

As for the WHAT… you absolutely cannot go wrong with these mama-favourites!

1) DREAMY MATERNITY PYJAMAS. What kind of pyjamas should you pack in your hospital bag for after delivery? The answer is soft and loose postpartum PJs made specially for new moms. Cherry Melon sleep essentials are comfortable, C-section friendly and perfect for skin-to-skin baby snuggles! Made from the softest, breathable fabric so that you catch some much-needed Zzz's (even if it's just three hours). Must-have: easy unbutton, pull-aside or unclip breastfeeding and pumping access.

maternity pyjamas for your hospital bag

2) STRETCHY & SUPPORTIVE FEEDING BRAS because your milk will come in during the hours or days after birth. How many bras will you need in hospital? We suggest packing in at least three comfortable and supportive bras for your hospital stay. Your breasts will be much larger than usual, so you need a bra that accommodates for this growth and offers relief to changing breasts. Our Seamless Feeding Bra features a wide band for stay-in-place comfort, adjustable straps and easy one-handed unclip with no uncomfortable wires, hooks or clasps.

breastfeeding bra for your hospital bag

3) Your GOING HOME OUTFIT. What should moms wear when coming home from hospital? Whether you deliver vaginally or via c-section, expect to look down and see a bump. You'll probably still look about 5 months pregnant when leaving the hospital (which is totally normal as your uterus shrinks back down and excess fluids are flushed out of your body). Skip your non-maternity clothes and rather opt for clothing specially-made for postpartum care and healing - like a soft, loose top with easy feeding access and pants with a soft, stretchy waistband. Featured below is the Overlay Feeding Top and Soft Stretch Joggers.

going home outfit for your hospital bag

Hospital Bundles

Take the guesswork out of the mix and SAVE with these fool-proof Bundles of our much-loved bestsellers and hospital bag must-haves. Not just for your hospital stay, you’ll love the comfort and functionality while settling in with a newborn, welcoming your first guests and getting to know your precious little human. 

Cherry Melon Maternity & Feeding Bundles

Hospital Bag Checklist for Mom, Babe and Partner

Getting your hospital bag packed and ready is the first step to feeling organised and prepared for what lies ahead. It's so exciting, but can also be daunting.

Note: every hospital and birth centre does things differently, so ask ahead of time what they will supply you and what you need to bring from home. 

Download or print this ultimate checklist as a reminder of what you'll need to pack in your labour and delivery hospital bag. 

checklist for packing your hospital bag

Tap here to download for free!

What to pack in your Hospital Bag for a C-section

The checklist above covers all of the basics you'll need, but include the following items as well when packing your bag for a C-section:

  • Underwear with a high waistband that sits above your incision
  • Button-down Sleep Shirt with front-access for changing your incision dressing
  • Breastfeeding Pillow to keep baby off your incision
  • Slip-on shoes (so you don't have to bend over)
Wishing you health and joy as you welcome your precious new baby. Lots of love xx team Cherry Melon