Plastic Free Hospital Bag

Packing your hospital bag is a big moment in your parenting journey.  It is one step closer to meeting your little one and makes you think about just what the future holds when you take your new bundle home.

Becoming a parent can make us reassess our choices. We want to provide the best future we can for our babies and this is why many parents are looking to reduce waste, helping protect the planet for their children.

At Nurtured Baby we specialise in eco-friendly parenting and we can help you reduce your waste from day one.

If you google “What to pack in my hospital bag” you get inundated with checklists and advice, you would end up packing a suitcase for a fortnight.

So here are our plastic-free hospital bag essentials.

  1. Cloth Nappies: You don’t have to wait until you get home, start reducing waste from day one!  Newborn nappies are super cute and really soft.  Don’t forget a reusable wet bag to store the soiled nappies.  I’d recommend packing enough for a couple of days.
  2. Cloth Wipes: For you and baby.  Chemical free and easier to use than cotton wool balls, these are a must for nappy change time.  Also great for you in hospital to soak in cool water for a quick cool down during labour.
  3. Cloth Sanitary Pads:  Ideal for postpartum bleeding and you will be grateful of the softness against your skin after giving birth.
  4. Reusable Breast Pads: More absorbent than disposable breast pads and much gentler on your skin.  These are going to be a great option to reduce your waste.
  5. Water Bottle: Get a good reusable water bottle – you will be amazed how much you drink.
  6. Cord Tie: You can get beautiful crocheted cord ties, instead of the plastic ones used in the hospitals.  Talk to your midwife about this option.
  7.  Comfy Pants:  No need for disposable paper pants, just dig out some big knickers.  You’ll feel much more like yourself.

If you would like some advice on newborn nappies, you can book a consultation by emailing

Hello – I’m Nicole Hepburn, mother of three and owner of Nurtured Baby. I am a baby massage instructor and specialise in cloth nappies and babywearing – working with families for over 10-years.