Preparing for baby’s arrival? You’d need these things at the hospital.
When I was pregnant with my first child, I – like every other new mum-to-be – staked out websites, blogs and books on what to expect when expecting. (Yes, I even read that popular book, which now has their own website and movie.)
My Google searches looked pretty much like this: how to deal with cramps, where to buy stylish maternity clothes (that don’t look like maternity clothes), what exercises are suitable during which trimester etc. My hubby’s, on the other hand, was: what to buy for baby’s room, what are the signs of early labour, what to pack for hospital bag etc.
The last one seems ridiculous, but it’s not. The last thing you want to do is be stressing over what to bring along with you, or what you didn’t bring, when your water bag bursts earlier than expected.
Here’s a checklist of what to pack in your hospital bag.
HOSPITAL BAG CHECKLIST: ESSENTIAL DOCUMENTS
- Letter from gynae
- Hospital admission form
- Identity cards of Dad and Mum
- Original Marriage Certificate (if you intend to register Baby’s name at the hospital. Otherwise, you have 42 days to do so at ICA)
HOSPITAL BAG CHECKLIST: FOR MUM (Some may be available at the hospital.)
- Pack of maternity or heavy-flow pads
- Pack of disposable undies
- Couple of nursing bras
- Pack of breast pads
- Nipple cream
- Nursing robe or pyjamas with front fastening (if you prefer not to wear hospital garb)
- Breast pump to help with lactation
- Nursing pillow (especially helpful after a C-section)
- Mobile charger
- A set of clothing for when it’s time to head home!
HOSPITAL BAG CHECKLIST: FOR DAD
- Mobile, camera and/or camcorder with full batteries (don’t forget the chargers)
- Snacks and drinks for sustenance, and cheering Mum on
- Books or iPad for pre-delivery entertainment
- Change of clothes and toiletries (if you’re staying overnight)
HOSPITAL BAG CHECKLIST: FOR BABY
- Set of clothing for Baby to wear when going home. Onesies are provided by the hospital during his/her stay
- Set of mittens and booties
- Swaddle blanket
- Baby cap
- Newborn diapers (also provided by the hospital and included in the bill)
- Nursing bib (in case you need to feed Baby on the way home)
- Rear-facing car seat