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The Essential Hospital Bag Checklist: Everything You Need For New Mums

Hospital bag packing is something that you may think can be put off till the last minute. However, this is one thing where it pays off to be well prepared. Packing your bag a few weeks beforehand will surely save you a lot of unnecessary stress, especially towards the end of your pregnancy. By having all you need in one place, you should be able to just grab and go so you can have a smoother and more comfortable delivery experience.

In actual fact, you should be preparing not just one, but two bags for your stay at the hospital – a labour bag and a post-partum bag. Here’s what you will need to pack.

What goes in your labour bag?

Firstly, have the following ready for your admission in to the hospital and to prepare you for delivery:

  • Admission letter from your gynaecologist
  • Prenatal receipts (totalling at least $900, for your MediSave claims)
  • Form of identification (Identity card, etc.)
  • Marriage certificate (if you’re registering your baby’s birth certificate at the hospital)
  • Sweater and socks
  • Healthy snacks to prevent hunger pangs while waiting

What goes in the postpartum bag?

Once your baby is safely delivered, it’s time to let your body recover and adjust to life with the new little human. Additionally, here’s what you will need to pack for all 3 of you (mum, baby, and not forgetting dad):

For baby:

  • Newborn diapers



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  • Diaper cream

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  • Baby wipes

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  • Bottles
  • Swaddles
  • Blanket
  • Going home outfit
  • Newborn hat
  • Mittens and socks

For Mum:

  • Maternity pads

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  • Breast pump

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  • Nipple cream

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  • Dry shampoo

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  • Personal toiletries and cosmetics
  • Towel/face cloth
  • Disposable underwear
  • Maternity bra
  • Room slippers
  • Face masks
  • Going home outfit
  • Personal gadgets and chargers
  • Milk storage bags or bottles

For dad:

  • Credit Card
  • Camera for capturing your family’s first moments together
  • Sweater and socks
  • Change of clothes, blanket and pillow (if sleeping overnight)

It may seem like a lot, but do check what will be provided by the hospital in the post-delivery bag to avoid bringing duplicates. For example, the hospital may include items such as baby wipes, disposable underwear, maternity pads, nursing-friendly hospital gowns and towels. Some might even include toiletries and a going-home outfit for your baby! If so, you can leave out those items in your pack list.

You should aim to finish packing at least 2 to 3 weeks before your expected date of delivery (EDD). This is just in case your baby decides to make an early appearance (only 5% of births happen on the EDD)!

And now, you’re all set to embark on this wonderful journey called motherhood!

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