Going Government – What to Take with for Your Birth (Hospital Bag Checklist)

It’s super important to find out what (if anything) your hospital provides for the birth. I won’t lie, I’m not too sure what other hospitals provide and since I had Arabella at Joburg Gen – so this is just a guideline (one can never be too prepared though!)

Since I had no clue I was in labour, I couldn’t have been less prepared. Luckily, we had Arabella’s baby bag packed and ready to rumble – mine, not so much. My survival in hospital was mainly down to the fact that Daddydaims went back and forth bringing us whatever he could in plastic Pick n Pay bags.

So, Joburg Gen provides almost diddly-squat. They provide the maternity pads, a hospital gown and a well-used muslin for the baby cot. If you are having your little one at Joburg Gen I suggest you pack all of the following.


  • 1 pack of newborn nappies
  • Baby wipes
  • Baby bum creme
  • Disposable nappy bags (these were a lifesaver!)
  • x3 blankets (one for the cot, one for the baby and one back-up for the inevitable oopsie)
  • x3 baby onesies
  • x3 pairs of pants
  • x3 pairs of socks
  • A beanie
  • A manual breast pump (just in case!)
  • A tin of newborn formula (double just in case!)


  • A blanket
  • A pillow
  • Some slippers/slops
  • Socks
  • A shawl or night gown
  • Underwear x100000000
  • Heavy duty sanitary pads
  • A towel
  • Toiletries – soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodarant, lip ice/Vaseline
  • Breast pads
  • Nipple Cream
  • Clothes to go home in (seriously wish  I had thought ahead with this one – going home in my ‘birth-shirt’ was not lekker)
  • Your phone, charger and two pin plug

Tash’s Tip: In hindsight I would 100% recommend having two hospital bags. One for mom, one for munchkin.

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