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Congratulations Mamma! Your nearly there and this guide will help you get more organised...


I love being organised and I really struggled with ‘What to pack in my Hospital Bag’ for my first and even my second child! I would lose sleep wondering if I had all the essential items…? So being the organiser that I am I developed a spreadsheet called The Ultimate Hospital Bag Checklist and had it taped to my refrigerator months before I was even due. Every week I would tick another item off the list and add it to my Hospital Bag. This process made me feel calmer about the birth and helped me to feel more in control as my due date approached.

Getting Organised: Is it too early to pack my Hospital Bag?

There are so many unknown factors in pregnancy and if you’re like me I would feel anxious about nearly everything, so I thought having one less thing to stress over would be helpful and I’d like to share this with You!


As I said it's never too early to gather together all the essentials you'll need during labour and birth, and for after your baby is born. Childbirth can be unpredictable so you may need to go in unexpectedly, so having your Hospital Bag packed early will make you feel calmer & more organised.

"Love this bag (Vintage backpack) and pram caddy. The backpack is spacious, spill proof, lovely materials and stays upright when you set it down... It will also be a great work bag when I don't need it for kid stuff anymore... Both arrived really quickly after purchase. Very happy 😊"

Kiri Joyce-Griggs

What are the must haves for labour?

When arriving at the hospital you’ll want to make sure you have all your medical details & paperwork in order. So it’s a good idea to get yourself a little folder with your Medicare card, details of your health insurance (if you have private insurance) and any hospital paperwork you need including a Birth Plan (if you have one) and maternity notes or antenatal card, if you were given one. I personally had a ‘Baby File’ where I stored all my medical records including any baby scan images and blood test results… I had a lot of bloodwork done as I suffered with anaemia practically all the way through!
Depending on what type of birth you’re planning old nighties or large t-shirt to wear in labour will always be a good idea, just don’t buy anything tight to wear in hospital because you’ll just want to be comfortable. I had an elective c-section and so didn’t have to worry about labour clothes as you’ll be in a hospital gown for the first 24 if not 48 hours.
Snacks and drinks for during and after the birth. Most women are able to eat and drink during labour and it can help keep your energy levels up. The hospital will have food and drink available, but you may prefer to pack a few things that you know you like.
Other things to pack include dressing gowns, slippers, socks, I consider these to be essentials for Mamma as hospitals can get cold especially with aircon. Also, you may want to take a few home comforts such as your own pillows, massage oil & heat packs. But do check with your Hospital first as some vary in their policies about what you're allowed to bring with you when you have your baby.

What are the must haves for Your Baby?

Two or three sleepsuits and vests for your baby to wear while you're in hospital. Pack more if you know that you'll be staying in hospital for more than a couple of days especially if you’re planning a c-section. Baby hats, socks and mittens. Baby blankets and lots of muslin cloths. Muslin cloths can be used for burping and swaddling so good to have lots of these as you won’t be able to wash them until you get home.

Other things you’ll need are disposable nappies or reusable nappies. Your newborn will go through as many as 12 nappies in a day. Some hospitals supply a pack of disposable nappies, but you'll probably need to bring extra ones if you're staying in hospital for more than a day or two.

Wipes or cotton wool. Your newborn's skin will be very delicate, so you can use cotton wool and water for nappy changes at first, rather than baby wipes. Some hospitals will provide you with a small bag of cotton wool balls, but you may need to bring more. If you do choose to use wipes, though, opt for ones that are free from alcohol and fragrance.

I personally brough along some Baby Bath, Baby Shampoo & Baby Lotion as you may have the opportunity to bath baby for the first time in hospital especially if you have a longer stay.

Lastly and most importantly, make sure you have a fully Installed infant car seat. You won't be able to leave the hospital by car without one!

What should I pack for after the birth?

A going-home outfit. You'll need loose comfortable clothes to wear while you're in hospital and for the journey home. It will take a while for your tummy to go down, so you'll probably still need your maternity clothes when you get home.

Other essentials include, nursing bras, breast pads, nipple cream and your own toiletries. It a good idea to buy travel size toiletries to save on space in the postnatal ward or your room. You may prefer to choose unscented versions, so your baby can get used to your natural scent. Include all your regular toiletries, such as shampoo, conditioner, soap or body wash, face washer, toothbrush, and toothpaste. Also pack your hairbrush and make-up if you think you may want to get ready for those early pics of you and your baby.

A notepad or your phone will do for you to track your baby’s feeding sessions, and for writing down questions for your midwife or doctor, and for jotting down memories of your baby’s first few days and so on.

If you’ve any questions you’d like to ask me just send me an email at info@hannahhenryapparel.com best of luck new Mamma’s.

Elaine Ellis xxx.

What are the must haves for labour?

When arriving at the hospital you’ll want to make sure you have all your medical details & paperwork in order. So it’s a good idea to get yourself a little folder with your Medicare card, details of your health insurance (if you have private insurance) and any hospital paperwork you need including a Birth Plan (if you have one) and maternity notes or antenatal card, if you were given one. I personally had a ‘Baby File’ where I stored all my medical records including any baby scan images and blood test results… I had a lot of bloodwork done as I suffered with anaemia practically all the way through!
Depending on what type of birth you’re planning old nighties or large t-shirt to wear in labour will always be a good idea, just don’t buy anything tight to wear in hospital because you’ll just want to be comfortable. I had an elective c-section and so didn’t have to worry about labour clothes as you’ll be in a hospital gown for the first 24 if not 48 hours.
Snacks and drinks for during and after the birth. Most women are able to eat and drink during labour and it can help keep your energy levels up. The hospital will have food and drink available, but you may prefer to pack a few things that you know you like.
Other things to pack include dressing gowns, slippers, socks, I consider these to be essentials for Mamma as hospitals can get cold especially with aircon. Also, you may want to take a few home comforts such as your own pillows, massage oil & heat packs. But do check with your Hospital first as some vary in their policies about what you're allowed to bring with you when you have your baby.

What are the must haves for Your Baby?

Two or three sleepsuits and vests for your baby to wear while you're in hospital. Pack more if you know that you'll be staying in hospital for more than a couple of days especially if you’re planning a c-section. Baby hats, socks and mittens. Baby blankets and lots of muslin cloths. Muslin cloths can be used for burping and swaddling so good to have lots of these as you won’t be able to wash them until you get home.

Other things you’ll need are disposable nappies or reusable nappies. Your newborn will go through as many as 12 nappies in a day. Some hospitals supply a pack of disposable nappies, but you'll probably need to bring extra ones if you're staying in hospital for more than a day or two.

Wipes or cotton wool. Your newborn's skin will be very delicate, so you can use cotton wool and water for nappy changes at first, rather than baby wipes. Some hospitals will provide you with a small bag of cotton wool balls, but you may need to bring more. If you do choose to use wipes, though, opt for ones that are free from alcohol and fragrance.

I personally brough along some Baby Bath, Baby Shampoo & Baby Lotion as you may have the opportunity to bath baby for the first time in hospital especially if you have a longer stay.

Lastly and most importantly, make sure you have a fully Installed infant car seat. You won't be able to leave the hospital by car without one!

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What should I pack for after the birth?

A going-home outfit. You'll need loose comfortable clothes to wear while you're in hospital and for the journey home. It will take a while for your tummy to go down, so you'll probably still need your maternity clothes when you get home.

Other essentials include, nursing bras, breast pads, nipple cream and your own toiletries. It a good idea to buy travel size toiletries to save on space in the postnatal ward or your room. You may prefer to choose unscented versions, so your baby can get used to your natural scent. Include all your regular toiletries, such as shampoo, conditioner, soap or body wash, face washer, toothbrush, and toothpaste. Also pack your hairbrush and make-up if you think you may want to get ready for those early pics of you and your baby.

A notepad or your phone will do for you to track your baby’s feeding sessions, and for writing down questions for your midwife or doctor, and for jotting down memories of your baby’s first few days and so on.

If you’ve any questions you’d like to ask me just send me an email at info@hannahhenryapparel.com best of luck new Mamma’s.

Elaine Ellis xxx.

"I have purchased from Hannah&Henry a few times now- I love every one of my nappy bags! Practical, functional, affordable & stylish. So many wonderful styles to choose from, top quality & 5 star customer service!"

Melina Russo

Hi, I’m Elaine Ellis and welcome to Hannah & Henry Apparel. This is a Brand created by my husband Robert & I for busy parents. We're parents of two children named (can you guess?) Hannah & Henry. I had Henry nearly 7 years ago and Hannah only arrived last year.

Originally from Dublin, Ireland and nearly 10 years ago we embarked on a huge adventure together… We moved to the other side of the world, we left behind our family, our friends, our home and started a new life in Perth. Since arriving we haven't looked back! We've met some very special friends, built our own home and welcomed our two wonderful children into the world. Although VERY SOON we'll be making the trip back to lovely Ireland so watch this space... 

We are on a mission to make parenthood stylish.

We love creating beautifully designed and super functional products for the whole family, our products will see you through every stage of parenthood. Our bags & accessories are simple, stylish and practical. Whether you are at the gym, park or work, you'll find one that suits your needs.

We're entrepreneurs at heart, Hannah & Henry Apparel is the second successful business we have set up since the birth of our babies. Six years ago we created a furniture & interiors brand that was the largest & most successful of its kind in Australia!

We spotted a gap in the market... And in the months leading up to Hannah’s birth I was desperately searching for a stylish Nappy Bag! Having found it impossible to find a Stylish & Functional Diaper Bag that Robert wouldn't mind carrying I thought why not design one?!? So that’s what we did.

Since then we have designed and created so many more Diaper Bags & Everyday Bags for the whole family.

Now available around the world our bags come in lots of colours and styles perfect for busy Mums & Dads on the go. If you’re like us then you’ll be juggling social engagements, work, babies & toddlers... (and soon moving to the other side of the globe!) so we’ve created a brand dedicated to functionality, style & affordability, I hope you like it as much as I enjoyed creating it for you... 

"Love this bag (Vintage backpack) and pram caddy. The backpack is spacious, spill proof, lovely materials and stays upright when you set it down... It will also be a great work bag when I don't need it for kid stuff anymore... Both arrived really quickly after purchase. Very happy 😊"

Kiri Joyce-Griggs

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