In the Bag with Jessie Wong: The Baby Bag Edit

Words by Jessie Wong
Photos by Jessie Wong

Hospital bag packed ready-to-go in the Landscape Tote and Large Organiser.

Pregnancy has been a steep learning curve. The first thing I googled was, “What to do when you’re pregnant?” Immediately and predictably, I was targeted by an onslaught of baby content on Instagram. While the do’s and don’ts descended down my feed, the official advice was straightforward: get in touch with your GP—who will book you in for your first scans—and find a midwife, which is easier said than done.

The strange thing about being pregnant for the first time is how information is drip-fed to you over nine months. At six weeks, it’s too soon to start asking about labour and where and how birth takes place… but these are the things I wanted to know. At my 37-week appointment, my midwife wanted to discuss two topics: first, had I finished up at work yet (no), and second, had I packed my hospital bag?

For someone who has made a career and brand out of the ‘Art of Packing’, I was a little bit embarrassed to say I hadn’t. “What do I pack?”, I asked. Not much, was the answer—and definitely not a suitcase worth. My midwife referred me to the list on the Domino Midwives website.

Here is my spin on the Domino’s list alongside a few extra things I’ve picked up from other mums, at Calmbirth and antenatal classes. All of the below has been organised into a set of UTILITY by Yu Mei pieces: The Landscape Tote and Large Organiser, which were designed as a baby bag set (before I had any idea I’d be using them so soon), layered with the Pouch, Envelope and Cable Ties to keep all the small things easy to find. You might also need an extra bag for bulky stuff like track pants, speakers, and change of clothes for your partner. I have two Landscape Totes packed.

Mum gear for the hospital, the essentials:

  • A comfortable, loose-fitting nightie or T-Shirt that you can labour and give birth in—I've been wearing Jack’s oversized T-Shirt all pregnancy
  • A pair of warm socks as your feet may get cold during labour—Perino socks, courtesy of Brigette Thomas for tramping the Abel Tasman a few years back
  • 5-10 pairs of cotton underwear (big enough to hold a maternity pad)—Uniqlo
  • Pyjamas, nighties, maternity singlets or T-Shirts that will be easy to use while breastfeeding x 3—The Gentlewoman x Tekla PJ’s
  • Track pants—Entire Studios
  • Clothes to wear home—Yu Mei cashmere jumper, Entire Studios singlet and track pants, socks
  • Maternity bras x 3 (no underwire): I was recommended (but have yet to use) the SKIMS Maternity Bra. Something in me trusts that Kim will be looking out for your shape while also being practical for feeding
  • Personal toiletries (shampoo and conditioner, soap/body wash, toothpaste, toothbrush, hairbrush and hair ties, lip balm, moisturiser)—Aesop travel bottles, Hana Akari essential oils, Mason Pearson Travel Brush, Rationale Ceramide Balm, Embrolisse Moisturiser, all in a
  • Nipple cream and breastfeeding pads—I got these from The Sleep Store
  • Massage oil—Nature Baby and Sans Ceuticals
  • Water bottle
  • Wheat pack
  • Snacks for after birth—cashew nuts and peanut slabs for me… and 2 x frozen Patricia's potato top pies for Jack. I’ve asked a friend to pick the fresh and healthy things for after birth (thank you Danielle), but these are what you can have ready ahead of time.

Baby gear for the hospital, at least:

  • 2 x Cotton domed singlets
  • 3 x Merino or woollen vests
  • 3 x Suits or gowns—I packed the Nature Baby pointelle sleeping gown, which was recommended because you don’t have to undress the baby to change nappies, and it features wee fold-over mittens to stop the baby from scratching itself
  • 1 x Woollen cardigan
  • Booties and socks
  • 2-3 x Newborn hats
  • 1 x Swaddle and 1 x merino/wool blanket
  • —all from Nature Baby and Babu, who have done very well out of the generosity of my friends and family this pregnancy
  • Nappies and wipes—Terra Nappy, ordered online in bulk, a recommendation of

Baby clothing for the hospital packed in the Large Organiser.

Labour and baby gear, these things were not on the Domino’s list, but I’ve heard come in handy:

  • Labour combs—Tibetan Combs to get through contractions, given to me by my Auntie, who is also a midwife
  • Shakti Mat / Swiss Ball—easy to find online
  • Tens Machine—ordered online, but can be rented
  • Hand pump and cap—I bought the Haakkaa set, but also a Spectra Portable Pump for later on
  • Milk storage bags—The Sleep Store
  • Colostrum + spare containers—My midwife gave me syringes, but I also have some spare Haakkaa containers
  • Change of clothes for Dad—he maintains he will not need this, but I’ve packed it anyway
  • Essential Oil Diffuser—Muji
  • iPhone charger—with 3m cord (all cords are secured with in a )
  • Speaker + playlist
  • Birth plan
  • Anti Nausea / Ginger Chews—Thank you to for introducing me to Ginger Chews when I had 24/7 morning sickness at Toru last year

Tibetan Combs and labour / baby gear.

Also important:

  • Car capsule and base—we chose the light and portable Pipa Nuna
  • Pram—you potentially don’t need this for the hospital, but I’ve gone with a Yoyo Zen, which is good for travel, a recommendation from

Also not for the hospital, but a special mention to Cribsheet by Emily Oster. Simply presented data to help you frame up your pregnancy and parenting decisions. I wish I’d discovered her series of books earlier. I missed the boat on her first book, Expecting Better, and it’s probably too late to read this with only a week or so to go. Thank you, Brooke Roberts and Toni Moyes, for the recommendation.

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