What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag for a Planned C-Section?

What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag for a Planned C-Section?

What to pack in your hospital bag for a planned C-Section: Our comprehensive list of everything you may need to delivery your baby.

This list is full of everything you could possibly need to bring your new baby into the world. We find it is much better to regret bringing too much, than to regret the things you didn’t bring.

Firstly, a small tip before you start packing:

Bring two separate bags.

You’ll want one bag for the ward with your stuff and then one bag for baby. Parent and baby essentials are best split so it’s easier to direct others again and for yourself – you don’t want to have to sift through and pull out everything just to find baby’s tiny little beanies.


So for what you’ll need I’ll break down in 2 categories for each bag:


Parents on the Ward & Before Birth:

  • Birth plan
  • Glasses - if you wear them, you won't be able to wear contacts during the birth
  • Peppermints - can help soothe the pain of trapped wind which you may have from the surgery
  • Hair ties
  • Bobby pins, clips or a headband - to keep hair off your face
  • Hairbrush
  • Chapstick or Pawpaw cream – your lips tend to get very dry in hospital
  • Long phone charger – one for you and your partner if you have different phones
  • Thongs – for the shower and to easily slip on an off around the hospital
  • Paracetamol and Ibuprofen - for your birthing partner
  • Entertainment for the hours before baby is born & once on the ward - charged iPad or tablet/word puzzles/card games/magazines
  • Slippers
  • Dressing gown
  • 3 - 4 packs of Disposable underwear for post-partum bleeding or;
  • 7 x High waisted underwear + 3 packs of maternity pads
  • 5x Button front nighties OR 4x nursing singlets and 5x pyjama pants – it might seem excessive, but you’ll likely leak breastmilk on shirts and bleed on pants and they don’t have washing facilities
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Body wash - something with low or no scent
  • Outfit to go home in
  • Gel breast icepacks 
  • Nipple cream
  • Breast pads
  • Nipple shield
  • 3x Maternity bras
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Headphones
  • Roll on deodorant
  • TENS Machine (if you plan to use one for pain after surgery, though this is not necessary as you will be given pain meds)

Baby on the Ward:

  • Small pack of newborn nappies
  • 1x Pack of wipes
  • 2x Dummies - if using
  • 2x Blanket
  • 3x Newborn swaddles
  • 5x Baby onesies
  • 2x Baby beanies
  • 5x Baby singlet onesies
  • Announcement cards 
  • Announcement swaddle and beanie set
  • Hospital bag organisers

Okay, I warned you it was going to be long. Some of this might not apply to you and is more of a 'nice to have', but if you are hoping to go in prepared and not have to send anyone home for anything this list should help with that.

Something we have forgotten? Let us know and we'll add it in!

We recommend having your bag packed around the 36 week mark unless you have been given a heads up that you may go into labour earlier as you'll likely be asked to head straight in so you don't progress to far into labour.

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