- 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
- 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
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- One set of anti scratch mittens
(for going home as they will be tightly swaddled during
- 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.
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
- 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
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