November 02, 2022 6 min read
Are you ready for D-day?
We mean the Delivery day, of course!
Whether you feel as ready as you can ever be, or you are apprehensive about this major event in your life, a little preparation goes a long way in making sure you have a smooth experience.
And speaking of preparation, getting your hospital bag ready is one of the top things you need to take care of.
When it’s time to go to the hospital, a packed hospital bag will make your life a lot easier. You definitely don’t want to start looking for the things you might need at the hospital after your water breaks or you are already in labour.
Hence, it is recommended that you keep your bag packed and ready to go once you are near your term.
So, without further ado, below are the list of things you need. For simplicity, we have divided the list into things needed for the mummy and for the baby.
List of things to pack for the mummy
Keep all the important documents in your hospital bag so that no critical information is missed when you go to the hospital for delivery. Also, keep a set of photocopies for all the important documents. Here’s a list of the documents you will need:
Note that you can get the birth registered at the hospital as well as at ICA Singapore. If you are planning to register at the hospital, you will need the proper documentation mentioned above. Do carry the list of baby names you have shortlisted, if gender is a surprise or if you haven’t decided what to name your little one yet!
You will need comfortable clothes in the hospital. Consider packing the below items of clothing.
You can consider having the below accessories in your hospital bag.
List of things to pack for the baby
1. Baby clothes
Pack some newborn clothes in your bag. Bodysuits and onesies are great options since they are easy to put on. Also, keep mittens and socks for the baby. Your newborn will also need a hat that protects her ears and keeps her warm. Depending on the weather, keep options for layering such as sweaters and jackets for the baby. You will also need baby blankets and swaddling clothes. Keep a couple of soft towels which you will need after your baby’s first and subsequent baths.
Some hospitals provide baby clothes and mittens. So, do check with your hospital before deciding what to pack in the hospital bag.
2. Diapers and nappies
Some mothers prefer disposable diapers while others prefer cloth diapers or nappies. Depending on your preference, carry enough diapers with you. Remember that a newborn will pee at least 7-8 times during a day and might soil the diaper up to 3-4 times a day. So, be prepared!
3. Baby accessories
Keep some baby wipes, diaper rash creams, baby oil, baby lotion, and baby body wash with you. Hospitals usually provide these. So, do check with the hospital what they provide and plan accordingly.
When you already have a hospital bag packed, it’s one thing less to worry about. Do remember to ask your birthing partner to also pack the essentials they might need in a separate bag. Usually, for a vaginal birth, you might be in the hospital for 2-3 days. For a C-section birth, you might be in the hospital for 3-4 days. Pack your hospital bag accordingly.
Above all, remember to relax and have fun when you pack the hospital bag. You can also keep something that comforts you such as your favourite pillow or a blanket. Just ensure that you have everything you need for a comfortable stay in the hospital. It is also a good idea to speak to your doctor about the things you might need and plan ahead.
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