0 Posted by - May 30, 2018 - LIFESTYLE

This week marks week 34 in my pregnancy and my baby is 45 centimeters long and 2kgs heavy (thanks The Bump for keeping us in the weekly know). My sister finds it hilarious that I have packed my hospital bag already with six weeks to go but I don’t at all – let’s just say I like to be prepared. If he or she comes early… I’ll be ready!

Here are a few tips / checklist on what to pack in your hospital bag. You don’t want to overpack but you also want to have the essentials and practical things that will take you through the few days that you will spend in hospital.


1. Baby notes from our antenatal classes at Thula Baby Centre (I highly recommend doing their baby classes it was an invaluable journey and such an amazing support for mum’s to be)

2. Phone and phone charger

3. Car seat (We got a Maxi Cosi Pebble Plus from Kids Living)

4. A full tank (just be overly cautious I mean ain’t nobody got time to break down en route to the hospital)

5. Car Park change / money


1. A bag that is big enough to fit all your needs for a few days. I went with this leather traveller bag – easy and practical on wheels from Jekyll & hide.

2. Sleepwear (classic long Pajama set in French Navy from Bena Lounge wear) practical for feeding and super comfy

3. A pair of slippers / socks

4. Elizabeth Arden 8-Hour Cream

5. Sample size day and night moisurisers from Africology (if you can get your hands on samples this is fantastic as you have each little sample for the day and so much easier than packing full sizes)

6. Purifying cleansing gel from Africology

7. Africology SOS Anti-ageing spray (you know how I feel about this? De-puffs, hydrates and is amazing for anti-ageing)

8. Bio Oil (I apply this twice a day to my entire body including my face at night 4 times per week)

9. Carriwell Maternity Pads (Baby City)

10. Linen savers (waterproof sheets from any pharmacy / chemist / selected Clicks stores)

11. Pigeon breast pads (Baby City)

12. Going home outfit – the more comfy the better – I have packed my Trenery grey knit, H&M Maternity Joggers (because I am pretty sure my stomach will still need room and they are so comfy) and my Veja sneakers

13. Toothbrush and toothpaste

14. Unscented deodorant (scented can be a bit strong for a newborn when feeding)

15. Nursing Bras (H&M have affordable and lovely ones)

16. Panties (you are going to want comfortable underwear that isn’t too tight and in dark colours as birthing is a messy affair)

17. Hair bands

18. Make-up (I’m taking a few basics so that I feel human: M.A.C In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash, La Mer soft fluid long wear foundation in Buff (super expensive but its long lasting, feels like cashmere on your skin and gives you a flawless finnish) and I can’t cope without a brow so I have packed my Benefit Brow Zings. It’s quite warm in the maternity ward or so I am told so no need for blush for me as I generally overheat!

19. Earphones


1. x4 sleepsuits (plain white to sleep in from Woolies here)

2. x3 onesies for the day (babies are sick a lot and can have whoopsies in their nappies so four just in case as they are really small so don’t take up too much space)

3. X2 baby hats (H&M Conscious Collection)

4. x1 H&M fleece lined bear hat

5. X1 blanket (it is winter). This on is a Stella McCartney knitted bunny blanket from Alex and Alexa

6. Going home outfit – I can’t wait to put my little one into the Belle Enfant merino / cashmere leggings (love that the feet are covered) and matching wrap top

7. Bum cream

8. Dove Cotton wool pads

9. Surgical spirits (for the umbilical cord)

10. Water wipes (cotton wool and water will work just fine but I’m using the waterwipes which are 99% water and 0.1% fruit extract (you can order them off Amazon) – perfect for the early meconium poo that are black and sticky – it clings to babies skin)

11. x2 muslins (to breast feed / swaddle baby/ use when burping). I love the Aiden + Anais ones! (Available at Kids Living or off Amazon)

12. Snookums Honey Dummy from Baby City

13. Pampers New Baby (0) Premium nappies (these have a wetness indicator and Baby City seems to be the cheapest)

14. Carriwell baby changing disposable mats

15. X1 woolino baby sleeping blanket (this is one product I can not wait to use – I have heard so many wonderful things about it –– the Merino wool naturally regulates baby’s body temperature to ensure he or she sleeps comfortably and safely. It settles them more quickly, they wake and cry less so essentially keeping then warm when its cold and cool when its hot.

For my husband

We are having our baby at Christian Barnard Hospital and when we did the labour ward tour I was really happy to hear that they will bring a bed into my room for my husband to be with us. I plan on staying at the hospital for as long as they will allow me (maybe I will feel differently after birth but I like the idea of having support and help during my stay). So baring this in mind I will pack my husband a little bag of:

1. His own pillow
2. A change of clothing and something to sleep in
3. Toiletries
4. Laptop, phone and chargers
5. Money (I am sure I will be sending him for drinks and snacks)

Happy packing!



  • Nina June 14, 2018 - 2:16 pm Reply

    Hi Jenna,

    Thanks for sharing this article. It’s been helpful and I’ve actually added 2 additional items to my list that I would’ve forgotten otherwise.

    2 quick questions: why have you chosen the Snookums honey dummy and what brand of bum cream have you packed for baby?


    • Jenna McArthur June 15, 2018 - 2:58 pm Reply

      Hi Nina,

      So glad to hear you enjoyed my post. The expert at our baby centre (she’s a midwife, lactation consultant and nurse) actually recommended the Snookums honey dummys – she actually said baba’s like the cheapies but truth be told – I also like the old school look of them!

      On bum cream – when we travelled to America I stocked up on the Honest Company bum cream (you can order it online) and I have the Mustela baby products – they are supposed to be wonderful!


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