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> Hospital Checklist for D-day – What to Bring

Once you hit the 34th week of pregnancy, your baby may come any day soon, and sometimes without warning! It’s therefore good to have a hospital bag packed and ready to go, ensuring that you have everything that’s needed, from necessary to comfort items.

The following list covers what the typical mom will have in her delivery arsenal – make sure to keep those items handy!

Labour bag

  • Documents needed for hospital registration

Identity card is a must have item. Bring along your medical records which detail your drug allergies or pre-existing conditions, so that the hospital staff will know how to react should there be any complications. Your insurance plans may also come in handy, so grab them too. During delivery, you may be sedated or not able to provide these to the medical personnel, so inform your husband or caregiver of the location of these documents.

  • Birth Plan

A copy of your birth plan should be prepared ahead of time to inform your health care providers about your preferences in childbirth.

  • Warm wears

Delivery varies from mother to mother, and you may be spending a long time in the labour room. Socks and sweaters are items that you can bring to help you keep warm.

  • Relaxation items

Music has been shown to have a calming effect on moms in labour, so go ahead and load up your music device with your favourite tunes.

Labour is an energy-intensive process, and you’ll need fuel for the journey. You may wish to prepare your own food or snacks, as the hospital cafeteria may be expensive, or the food may not suit your tastes.

Postpartum bag (For you and your partner)

  • Mobile phones, tablets and charger

Besides needing it for the obvious — calling, texting, and updating your social accounts with exciting news — you can download a host of helpful apps, like a contraction timer, baby name generator, or even apps that allow you to record and play your baby’s heartbeat. Besides, you’ll have plenty of free time, so these will keep you entertained.

  • Nursing bra and breast pads 

Breastfeeding your baby immediately after delivery is advised, as the colostrum contains essential antibodies to boost your baby’s immune system. If you plan to breastfeed right away, be sure to bring these along.

  • Towel and toiletries

Do check with your hospital if these are provided, or else a small travel kit is sufficient. Lip balm is recommended as your lips can dry out quickly in the air-conditioned labour ward.

  • Clothes and underwear

Loose fitting, front-buttoned tops are recommended for the ease of breastfeeding. Because of post-delivery pains and difficulty moving about, some women find it more comfortable to wear a loose skirt or dress instead than pants, which are trickier to put on. Bring along an extra set of clothes to go home in, or some fanciful clothes for that Instagram picture!

  • Flip-flops

Flip flops always make things better, don’t they? Bring flip-flops for the shower, or to walk around as your ankles may be swollen from the additional weight.

  • Camera

For the all-important first shot of baby.

  • Favourite pillow

Just in case the hospital pillow is not to your liking.

Postpartum bag (For Baby)

  • Baby clothes

Shirts, pyjamas, mittens, bib, cap, socks or booties. Bring enough for the number of days of your stay in hospital, plus a little more in the event of unforeseen circumstances. As your baby’s neck is not yet strong, it’s advisable to dress the baby in a front-buttoned top, rather than a T-shirt that needs to be pulled over the head.

Pack at least one top for each day in the hospital. Bottoms are not all that necessary at this stage, since the waistbands may press on your baby’s belly button, where the umbilical cord stump is.

  • Diapers and wet wipes

Some hospitals may provide free samples of diapers and wet wipes. However, if they don’t, prepare some newborn-sized diapers and wet wipes (or soft towels, if you prefer to just clean your baby with water instead of chemical-laden wet wipes).

  • Milk bottle and milk powder

If you don’t intend to breastfeed, check with your hospital if they provide your choice of formula milk. If they do not, bring along your desired brand of milk bottles and milk powder, and inform the hospital staff of your feeding plans.

  • Baby blanket

This is more for when the baby leaves the hospital, since hospital rooms have carefully regulated temperatures to provide a comfortable environment.

  • Baby car seat

If you’re using your own vehicle, you’ll need some form of car safety device. In Singapore, anyone below the height of 1.35m will be required to be secured with a car restraint appropriate for a person of that height and weight.

Extra bag

With all the goodies from the hospital — diapers, blankets, and creams — and all the gifts from friends and family, you're bound to need more space to carry all that stuff!


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