Prepping for labour : Hospital Bag

At 35 weeks, I am starting to panic again.  Notice the trend of panicking.. hehe… so with a nagging feeling at the back of my mind, we decided we will have to pack our hospital bag pronto!!  Friends have also been nagging that we should really, really get started on the packing.

Did some research online and gathered some tips from friends/ blog reviews on what should go into the hospital bag and here are some useful information that I’ve compiled in case I forget a couple of days down the road.

  • Prepare your hospital bag at least TWO weeks before your expected date of delivery (EDD) because there are instances when labor may occur before the 36th week of pregnancy. You should be packed and ready so that whenever labour starts you are prepared.
  • Prepare at least 2 bags – one for labour and the other, after your delivery when you are in the hospital room. This postpartum bag should include items for your baby and husband, and can be brought to the hospital by your husband after you have given birth.

[Source: The Asian Parent]

I always thought it would be efficient just to pack one bag but whilst I was packing the stuff, the Man said to keep the things separately cos technically Bun doesn’t need her stuff immediately, so best to keep it separate.  Wah!  So, we’ve decided to pack two bags then.

IMG_5449Here’s a list of things that I’ve packed into my hospital bag:

[Updated after advice from readers and friends]

  • Health documents such as doctor’s admission orders, pre-admission papers, etc. We decided to go with Cordlife for Bun’s storage of cord blood banking so will need to bring along the collection kits for the gynae.  Also, bring along your Marriage Certificate if you are planning to register your Baby’s Birth Certificate in the hospital (apparently most hospitals in Singapore offer this).
  • At least 2 pieces of night-dress / hospital gowns (preferably with buttons) in case I don’t wish to wear the gown that the hospital provides
  • A pair of socks and sweater if it gets too cold (according to the Chinese, not supposed to let the cold ‘wind’ get inside the body after the labour for a quicker recovery)
  • Disposable underwear (maternity)
  • 2 packets of feminine wipes
  • 5 or more pieces of heavy duty maternity sanitary pads for blood discharge after childbirth
  • Nursing bra
  • At least 3 to 5 sets of disposable breast pads if you plan to breastfeed your baby right after birth or whenever necessary
  • Toiletries such as soap, dry shampoo (Klorane came highly recommended by a friend), toothpaste, facial cleanser, moisturiser, etc for daily hygiene
  • Light cosmetics such as powder and lip gloss and other stuff so that I will feel good when meeting friends who visit us and the baby
  • Going-home attire (preferably something loose and comfy)
  • Breast-pump in case baby doesn’t latch on and you need to encourage flow of the breast-milk

Here’s a list of things that goes into another bag:

For the Man:

  • Mobile phone and charger
  • iPads for the both of us
  • 1 – 2 sets of clothes
  • Toiletries
  • Optional: Camera (fully-charged) to capture those moments [These days, we just rely on the iPhone.]

For Bun:

  • 2 sets of swaddles to wrap Bun with and keep her warm
  • 1 to 2 sets of baby clothes for the home-coming
  • Diapering essentials : Mamy Poko diapers for newborn, Pigeon baby wipes,  Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom  (Apparently not necessary as the nurses in the hospital will help prep baby for the home-coming, so just pray and hope that the ride back home will be smooth.)
  • Car seat to bring her home in – preferably assembled to the car seat so that you don’t need to fiddle it with it on the day of the home-coming

Oh and if there is anything you think I may have missed out, please do leave a comment and share that with me.  I want to make sure we do have almost everything we need for the labour.  Thanks in advance!  🙂

Feels really close now even though the EDD still tells us we have a while to go.. but the excitement sure is building up around here! Not sure if it’s a good or bad thing, the Man keeps telling me to relax but I keep panicking because I really feel that we still have this much more to do.. and the laundry?  So much stuff for tiny human that needs to be washed and the Man still thinks it’s early.  Arh.. tell me this isn’t right, right?  I just want to make sure that everything is in place the next few weeks when I still have the energy to do so.

 

Prepare your hospital bag at least TWO weeks before your expected date of delivery (EDD) because there are instances when labor may occur before the 36th week of pregnancy. You should be packed and ready so that whenever labour starts you are prepared.

Prepare at least 2 bags – one for labour  and the other, after your delivery when you are in the hospital room. This postpartum bag should include items for your baby and husband, and can be brought to the hospital by your husband after you have given birth.

So goes into the labour bag and what essential things do you need while you are in the hospital?

Here’s a list of things to include in your labour bag:

  1. Documents such as your doctor’s admission orders, prenatal record book, health insurance papers and others that you need to take care of financial concerns.
  2. A copy of your birth plan should be prepared ahead of time to inform your health care providers about your preferences in childbirth.
  3. Relaxation items that will help you relax while you are on labour such as a radio, CD player, mp3 player or iPod to play relaxing music.
  4. Camera or Video Camera, charger or extra batteries to capture those moments especially during and after childbirth.
  5. Socks and sweater to keep you warm in case you feel cold while in the labour room.
  6. Snacks to give you energy while on labour and after childbirth when you need to regain your strength. You may wish to prepare your own as food in the hospital cafeteria may be expensive or they do not have what you wish to eat.

Here’s a list of things you need in your postpartum bag:

For you and your husband:

  1. Mobile phone and charger to enable you to call important people and let them know that the baby has arrived.
  2. Favorite pillow from home so you can sleep comfortably.
  3. Lip balm to soothe dry and chapped lips.
  4. Nursing bra and breast pads if you plan to breastfeed your baby right after birth or whenever necessary.
  5. Bathrobe that you can slip into when you take a shower or just wanted to get out of your room.
  6. Night dress in case you don’t like the robe the hospital provides.
  7. Underwear to keep you feeling fresh (if you have a C-section); the hospital generally supplies the maternity underwear if you gave birth the natural way.
  8. Sanitary napkins or maternity pads for the blood discharge after childbirth.
  9. Slippers to use when you want to walk around or outside your room.
  10. Toiletries such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, cleanser, etc for daily hygiene
  11. Towel to use after shower.
  12. Hairbrush, Toothbrush and other accessories
  13. Going-home attire to use when you are ready to be discharged from the hospital.
  14. Cosmetics such as powder and lipstick and other stuff to make you look good when meeting friends who visit you and the baby or when you go home.
  15. Change of clothes for your husband
  16. Laptop which you can use to download pictures if you can’t wait to update friends of your childbirth but this can be optional.

For baby

  1. Receiving blankets to wrap around your baby to keep him or her warm.
  2. Baby clothes such as shirts, pajamas, mittens, bib, cap, socks or booties. Make sure you bring enough for the number of days of your stay in the hospital.
  3. Diapers for your newborn.
  4. Baby wipes to clean your baby.
  5. Baby bath or baby wash for your baby’s first bath by the hospital nurse.
  6. Baby’s towel to be used right after his or her first bath.
  7. Feeding bottles and formula milk can be used whenever your breast milk won’t come out yet but this is optional.
  8. Baby Book or Journal to record your baby’s information.
  9. Car seat which you need to bring your baby home.

Good luck with the baby and the delivery!

– See more at: http://sg.theasianparent.com/hospital-bag-checklist-on-what-to-pack/#sthash.39zqvaHt.dpufPrepare your hospital bag at least TWO weeks before your expected date of delivery (EDD) because there are instances when labor may occur before the 36th week of pregnancy. You should be packed and ready so that whenever labour starts you are prepared.

Prepare at least 2 bags – one for labour and the other, after your delivery when you are in the hospital room. This postpartum bag should include items for your baby and husband, and can be brought to the hospital by your husband after you have given birth.

So goes into the labour bag and what essential things do you need while you are in the hospital?

Here’s a list of things to include in your labour bag:

Documents such as your doctor’s admission orders, prenatal record book, health insurance papers and others that you need to take care of financial concerns.
A copy of your birth plan should be prepared ahead of time to inform your health care providers about your preferences in childbirth.
Relaxation items that will help you relax while you are on labour such as a radio, CD player, mp3 player or iPod to play relaxing music.
Camera or Video Camera, charger or extra batteries to capture those moments especially during and after childbirth.
Socks and sweater to keep you warm in case you feel cold while in the labour room.
Snacks to give you energy while on labour and after childbirth when you need to regain your strength. You may wish to prepare your own as food in the hospital cafeteria may be expensive or they do not have what you wish to eat.

Here’s a list of things you need in your postpartum bag:

For you and your husband:

Mobile phone and charger to enable you to call important people and let them know that the baby has arrived.
Favorite pillow from home so you can sleep comfortably.
Lip balm to soothe dry and chapped lips.
Nursing bra and breast pads if you plan to breastfeed your baby right after birth or whenever necessary.
Bathrobe that you can slip into when you take a shower or just wanted to get out of your room.
Night dress in case you don’t like the robe the hospital provides.
Underwear to keep you feeling fresh (if you have a C-section); the hospital generally supplies the maternity underwear if you gave birth the natural way.
Sanitary napkins or maternity pads for the blood discharge after childbirth.
Slippers to use when you want to walk around or outside your room.
Toiletries such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, cleanser, etc for daily hygiene
Towel to use after shower.
Hairbrush, Toothbrush and other accessories
Going-home attire to use when you are ready to be discharged from the hospital.
Cosmetics such as powder and lipstick and other stuff to make you look good when meeting friends who visit you and the baby or when you go home.
Change of clothes for your husband
Laptop which you can use to download pictures if you can’t wait to update friends of your childbirth but this can be optional.

For baby

Receiving blankets to wrap around your baby to keep him or her warm.
Baby clothes such as shirts, pajamas, mittens, bib, cap, socks or booties. Make sure you bring enough for the number of days of your stay in the hospital.
Diapers for your newborn.
Baby wipes to clean your baby.
Baby bath or baby wash for your baby’s first bath by the hospital nurse.
Baby’s towel to be used right after his or her first bath.
Feeding bottles and formula milk can be used whenever your breast milk won’t come out yet but this is optional.
Baby Book or Journal to record your baby’s information.
Car seat which you need to bring your baby home.

Good luck with the baby and the delivery!
– See more at: http://sg.theasianparent.com/hospital-bag-checklist-on-what-to-pack/#sthash.39zqvaHt.dpuf

Prepare your hospital bag at least TWO weeks before your expected date of delivery (EDD) because there are instances when labor may occur before the 36th week of pregnancy. You should be packed and ready so that whenever labour starts you are prepared.

Prepare at least 2 bags – one for labour  and the other, after your delivery when you are in the hospital room. This postpartum bag should include items for your baby and husband, and can be brought to the hospital by your husband after you have given birth.

So goes into the labour bag and what essential things do you need while you are in the hospital?

Here’s a list of things to include in your labour bag:

  1. Documents such as your doctor’s admission orders, prenatal record book, health insurance papers and others that you need to take care of financial concerns.
  2. A copy of your birth plan should be prepared ahead of time to inform your health care providers about your preferences in childbirth.
  3. Relaxation items that will help you relax while you are on labour such as a radio, CD player, mp3 player or iPod to play relaxing music.
  4. Camera or Video Camera, charger or extra batteries to capture those moments especially during and after childbirth.
  5. Socks and sweater to keep you warm in case you feel cold while in the labour room.
  6. Snacks to give you energy while on labour and after childbirth when you need to regain your strength. You may wish to prepare your own as food in the hospital cafeteria may be expensive or they do not have what you wish to eat.

Here’s a list of things you need in your postpartum bag:

For you and your husband:

  1. Mobile phone and charger to enable you to call important people and let them know that the baby has arrived.
  2. Favorite pillow from home so you can sleep comfortably.
  3. Lip balm to soothe dry and chapped lips.
  4. Nursing bra and breast pads if you plan to breastfeed your baby right after birth or whenever necessary.
  5. Bathrobe that you can slip into when you take a shower or just wanted to get out of your room.
  6. Night dress in case you don’t like the robe the hospital provides.
  7. Underwear to keep you feeling fresh (if you have a C-section); the hospital generally supplies the maternity underwear if you gave birth the natural way.
  8. Sanitary napkins or maternity pads for the blood discharge after childbirth.
  9. Slippers to use when you want to walk around or outside your room.
  10. Toiletries such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, cleanser, etc for daily hygiene
  11. Towel to use after shower.
  12. Hairbrush, Toothbrush and other accessories
  13. Going-home attire to use when you are ready to be discharged from the hospital.
  14. Cosmetics such as powder and lipstick and other stuff to make you look good when meeting friends who visit you and the baby or when you go home.
  15. Change of clothes for your husband
  16. Laptop which you can use to download pictures if you can’t wait to update friends of your childbirth but this can be optional.

For baby

  1. Receiving blankets to wrap around your baby to keep him or her warm.
  2. Baby clothes such as shirts, pajamas, mittens, bib, cap, socks or booties. Make sure you bring enough for the number of days of your stay in the hospital.
  3. Diapers for your newborn.
  4. Baby wipes to clean your baby.
  5. Baby bath or baby wash for your baby’s first bath by the hospital nurse.
  6. Baby’s towel to be used right after his or her first bath.
  7. Feeding bottles and formula milk can be used whenever your breast milk won’t come out yet but this is optional.
  8. Baby Book or Journal to record your baby’s information.
  9. Car seat which you need to bring your baby home.

Good luck with the baby and the delivery!

– See more at: http://sg.theasianparent.com/hospital-bag-checklist-on-what-to-pack/#sthash.39zqvaHt.dpuf

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12 thoughts on “Prepping for labour : Hospital Bag

  1. e says:

    I packed mine at the very last minute!! May I add in breast pump as well? For my case, e didn’t know how to suckle the first few days so I had to use the pump.
    You don’t have to bring diapers and wipes. They are provided by the hospital.

    • Lady J says:

      Arh.. thanks E for the advice! I heard about the breast pump either.. was deliberating but looks like I should bring it along. Now to sterilise the bottles and read the instructions on how to use the breast pump!

  2. csary says:

    well prepared i must say.. its a great idea to keep it separate for the baby and yourself. In my case, i have no time to prepare the hospital bag at all. So good to have it prepare in advance.
    like you say the panic could be due to nesting.
    If your hubby take chicken essence it might be good to pack some either for you or for him for staying up while in hospital.

    • Lady J says:

      Thanks! The Man does take chicken essence so I prob get him to bring some. I don’t like the bottled ones so I prob will rely on adrenaline rush to keep me going…

      • csary says:

        i took chicken of essence (bottled ones) prior to both my natural delivery..advice from my grandmum. As they say it will help in pushing.. haha.. might be old wives tale. hee..
        Ya Breast pump is handy by 2nd or 3rd day if you want to try pumping. You can get the lactation consultant to help you with it while you still in hospital. Some hospital can help you with the sterilizing.

  3. Michelle says:

    I don’t know if its the same for all hosp but at Mt A I had to show my bank account statement to deposit baby bonus + marriage cert.

  4. D says:

    I’m not sure which hospital you’re delivering at but Mount E provides maternity sanitary pads, disposable underwear and diapers. I think baby wipes are provided as well. No harm calling your hospital to find out! Also, you’ll need to bring along your marriage cert if you plan to do the birth registration at the hospital.

  5. Alicia says:

    Hi babe,
    Congrats on your upcoming baby! May I also suggest bringing nipple balm as Breastfeeding will take a toil on your nipples. Books also suggest using your own breast milk to heal sore nipples but that didn’t work for me. The hospital also provides but they will charge you for it so you might as well bring your own.

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