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Hospital Checklist

For Mum

Documents and Paperwork

  • Medicare card and/or private health insurance company card
  • Camera and/or video camera - don't forget the charger
  • Snacks and drinks for you and birth partner while you are in labour
  • Water bottle or your favourite juice
  • Things to help you relax or pass the time, such as music, books, magazines or TENSE machine.
  • List of important phone numbers - family, friends, carers of older child/children
  • Change for parking and phone

Birth Plan and Maternity notes

Pen, paper/notebook


  • Baggy T's or
  • PJ's or Nightgown (one that opens in the front if you're planning on breastfeeding)
  • Dressing gowns
  • Comfortable underwear
  • Clothing for trip home; make sure they are roomy and comfortable
  • Warm socks
  • Slippers or flat slip-on shoes


  • Toiletry bag - hairbrush, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, moisturiser, deodorant,
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Lip balm
  • Face cloth / face spray
  • Massage oil or lotion should you wish to be massaged during your labour
  • Hair band if you have long hair
  • Eyeglasses (contact lenses may need to be removed prior to a C-section)
  • Contact lenses and accessories
  • Maternity sanitary pads - plenty
  • Absorbent breast pads
  • Additional: Plastic bag for dirty clothes

For Baby

Apparel and Accessories

  • Vests (at least 2 per day at hospital).
  • Coveralls (at least 2 per day at hospital).
  • Socks / Booties. We suggest one for each day in hospital plus some extras. Playette offer a sensational wide range of socks and booties through to gift sets packaged in boxes or matched with caps and mittens.
  • Caps/Mittens (at least 1 per stay at hopsital). Try our 3 Pack fashion caps and 3 pack fashion mittens made from soft and durable 100% Cotton. These 3 Packs are ideal for any season and is available in his, hers and unisex colourways.

  • Wraps and Blankets

  • Wraps. You may need at least 3 per day due to reflux or burps after feeding. Depending on the season of your birth Playette offer Muslin Cotton wraps for warmer seasons, Flannel Cotton for cooler days and Jersey Cotton for all year round.
  • Swaddle Wrap. An easy and convenient way in keeping your newborn safe, warm and comfortable. This wrap provides the ideal sleeping environment and keep babies on their backs during sleep; helping to reduce the risk of SIDS. Featuring extra wide velcro band to suit all baby sizes, Playette’s Deluxe Swaddle Wrap makes swaddeling easy as 1,2, 3 when it comes to wrapping your little joy.
  • Blanket to use during duration of hospital stay and for car ride home if weather is cooler. Try our Zip-up Blankets. Made from 100% Cotton these blankets are a great fashionable way to keep your new born snug and comfortable in the crib and car.

  • Toiletries

  • Nappies. You will need at least 6 per day. As a first time parent you may need practice in putting nappy on securly and leaks can often happen or tears to nappy tab. It is better to be prepared for more than less.
  • Wipes. A great little accessory for baby and parents.

  • An infant car seat. A very important item as some hospitals may no let you leave by car without one.