What to bring to the hospital

When to pack -- You should start packing at about the 35th week of your gestation just in case your baby decides to come to the world earlier. Full term is 40 weeks.

Print out this list and secure it to the bag that you'll be taking to the hospital. This way, you can see at-a-glance what last minute items you'll need to add. This is the crucial checklist.
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For Mom

  • 2-3 pairs of warm socks (to wear in the delivery room)
  • 1 extra pack of pads (most hospital provide only one pack and will charge you if you get more. It is not necessary to get maternity pads; just get pads used for heavy flow. If you want to get maternity pads, buy them from the Hospital pharmacy, Cold storage or the bigger NUTC FairPrice outlets might have them but quite hard to find. The Hospital Pharmacy is your best place to look for these items.
  • Disposable underwear. (4-5 sets)
  • Discman with your favorite CD (of course music that will help you relax)
  • One presentable robe (For you to look presentable to your visitors or when checking on your baby in the nursery)
  • Massage oil (recommended in most childbirth classes)
  • Two sets of nightgown (one that opens in the front if you are planning on breastfeeding and preferable thick enough because you are not likely to be wearing bras. Have seen some nice ones at Robinsons (Karmy brand) and Metro. If you don’t mind spending, more, Victoria’s Secret has nice nightwear too)
  • One set of clothing for happy trip home (clothing with plenty of room will be the most comfortable, breastfeeding dresses will be good for moms who have gone through natural or caesarian birth)
  • Cosmetics
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss
  • No Deodorant. Preferably not, as you will musk your natural scent from your baby. Studies have shown that traces of deodorants can be found in the breast tissues.
  • Slippers
  • Handphone and charger
  • Breastfeeding pillow to assist you during breastfeeding, but I find it rather unnecessary as newborn are pretty light.
  • Breast pump to help stimulate milk production ASAP as babies tend to be sleepy during the first few days after birth.
  • Inflatable ring or Boppy pillow to ease episiotomy wound.
  • Nursing pillow to make positioning of babies easier especially if you have a c-section.

For Dad

  • Snacks or sandwich (keep food on hand so the "labor coach" won't have to leave your bedside.)
  • Vending machine money. Coins. $1, 50 cents, 20 cents.
  • Books or CD's to help Mom relax.
  • Camera and extra film. Or with digital, plenty of megabyte space. Make sure your camera is fully charged.
  • Camcorder and batteries
  • Phone list to call to announce the birth of baby to one and all.
  • Baby car seat for trip home. (compulsory in Singapore)
  • Original Marriage certificate to register name of baby. You can either register your baby’s name at the hospital or at Immgration and Custom Authority(ICA). Birth should be registered within 14 days from the date of birth, including Sundays and public holidays. If registration is done after 42 days, a letter of explanation stating the reason for late registration must be submitted for the Registrar/Registrar General's approval. After approval has been given, the birth will be registered and the birth certificate will be issued. Such cases can only be registered at ICA.Visit the ICA's website for more information on how to register your baby.
  • Admission form (good to bring this form everywhere you go after 36 weeks gestation as you might deliver anytime).
  • In the meantime, think of a good name.

For Baby

  • Newborn clothing (1 set for going home as hospitals will provide clothing only during the stay, see shopping list for baby)
  • One Receiving blanket (for going home. Metro Orchard have a good selection of affordable and nice receiving blankets)
  • Extra diapers (hospitals will provide one pack of diaper, so you can bring yours if you want)
  • One set of anti scratch mittens (for going home as they will be tightly swaddled during the hospital)
  • Cans or bottles of infant formula if you intend to bottle-feed so your baby can start with the brand you prefer as soon as possible.

For Siblings
If siblings are going to be present before or after the baby’s arrives, here are some helpful things to have available for them:

  • Favorite books and toys
  • Drawing paper and crayons or markers
  • Snacks
  • A gift from Mom and Baby (to help ease jealousies after Baby arrives)
  • A camera just for big brother or sister to take pictures of what the stock has just brought – that tiny bundle of joy.

Contributed by Jenny Wee, a first time breast feeding mother.

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