Because babies do not always arrive according to schedule it is a good idea to have a suitcase packed and ready to avoid last minute panics. Your hospital can advise you on what you need to pack for yourself and for your baby.

As a member of the Mediclinic Baby programme, you will be given a free mother and baby bag* when you arrive at the hospital, containing everything you need for the first few days.

  • A pack of newborn nappies
  • Baby wipes
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Surgical spirits
  • Cotton wool
  • Cleansing lotion
  • Moisturiser
  • Mediclinic Baby beanie
  • Disposable panties
  • Pack of maternity pads
  • Small changing mat

* Contents may vary.

The Mediclinic Baby team has compiled a handy hospital checklist to help take the worry out of preparing for your hospital stay.


Packing for you

  • Lightweight, front opening cotton pyjamas (one set per day)
  • Three feeding bras
  • Maternity pads
  • Slippers and socks
  • Gown
  • Toiletries
  • Hairdryer and brush
  • Mirror
  • Money (at own risk)
  • Black pen and copies of ID documents of both parents (for birth registration)
  • Set of clothes and shoes for going home
  • Two facecloths (preferably dark-coloured)
  • All chronic medication, pregnancy vitamins, etc.
  • Cellphone, charger and double adapter
  • Camera and charger

If you are having a normal birth, as opposed to a caesarean, don't forget to bring:

  • Energy sweets, lip balm and fruit juice
  • Baby powder/oil for massage
  • Comfortable T-shirt
  • Magazines, games or books

Packing for Baby

  • Five sets of clean baby clothes; vest, babygro, wrapper/receiving blanket, socks, beanie
  • One warm blanket
  • If you are bottle feeding, our milk kitchens are fully stocked and equipped. You are welcome to bring your own bottles, teats, formula milk and sterilising unit if preferred
  • Dummy and holder (optional)