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Baby Hospital Bag: Things to Pack for Hospital Stay

October 1, 2010

As the date draws near, I am starting to put together a bag to bring to the hospital.

As usual, I turn to the information-rich mummy forums (how can we ever survive without them!) to understand what needs to be packed. Here’s a list compiled from the two major mummy forums in Singapore: Mummy Sg and Singapore Motherhood Forum. I have also added my two cents’ worth of things to watch out for.

Hope it is useful to you!

Things to Pack for Hospital Stay

For baby

1 set of clothes for baby to wear home (The clothes should ideally be easy for a newborn to wear, e.g. wrap arounds or front button clothes)

1 pair of mittens and booties

1 pc of swaddle / receiving blanket (the hospital may provide this, so check with your hospital first)

For nursing baby

Nursing Bras

Breast Pads

Nipple Creams

For Mummy

Disposable panties

Maternity pads

Open button dressing gown (easier for breastfeeding)

Going home clothes

Sweater and long bottoms

Socks

Slippers

Basic toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, face towel, facial foam, comb)

Basic makeup (e.g. powder)

To record those important moments!

Camera / video camera

Handphone

Charger for handphone and camera

Important Documents / Information

Husband and your identification cards

Marriage certification (if you are registering for your baby’s birth at the hospital^)

Doctor admission letter

Documents to claim from medisave *

Cord Blood Kit (if you are going to donate your baby’s cord blood)

Phone numbers of confinement nanny, massage lady, etc

Things to do after birth

Call confinement nanny during first day of hospital stay, if applicable

Call massage lady, if applicable

Register birth at hospital / ICA

Set up Child Development Account (http://www.babybonus.gov.sg/)

Set up first gynaecologist and paediatric appointments

Set up maternity leave arrangements

Send out thank you notes for baby gifts

Notes:

^ You can register your baby’s birth at either the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) or  major hospitals, ideally within 14 days from the date of birth. Registration at ICA currently cost S$18. Some hospitals may charge an administrative fee on top of the S$18. Note that more documents are required for foreigners registering for their child’s birth. See ICA website for details.

* You can claim some of the pre-delivery expenses related to pregnancy from your Medisave after your delivery. Hence, please keep all your receipts (e.g. for ultrasounds or consultations) and submit them to the reception when you are booked in to the delivery suite. Note that there is a maximum claimable amount of $450. See MOH website for more details.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 1, 2010 3:22 pm

    Think hospitals usually provide the pads, and normal pads might do, just stick two end to end if flow is heavy (the nurses taught me)! Bring lip balm. You’ll be stuck there for a long time, usually lips will dry out in the aircon esp since you are not given fluids…

    Bring something to read/ occupy yourself… After the birth, if you are intending to bfeed, do arrange an appointment with a lactation consultant to guide you with the feeding… 😉

  2. October 1, 2010 9:50 pm

    Thanks, Jus. I was still thinking whether to buy those pads. Not looking forward to using it after a 10 months break!

    As for something to occupy myself, maybe I will even blog from the hospital?? Haha, we’ll see how it goes…

  3. October 7, 2010 2:08 am

    That’s a very informative post. I know I will be coming by your blog to refer to this post if ever I plan to have No.2 🙂

    Btw, try the night heavy duty pads. Maternity pads are a pain to put on.

    • October 9, 2010 5:08 pm

      Thanks very much! I like your blog very much too. It’s so professionally done and really a good read. =) Thanks for the advice too. Luckily I haven’t bought the maternity pads yet. Do let me know if you have any other advice!

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