From Bump to Baby

Pack Up and GO!

Nope, I’m not crazy to take a trip on a whim right now. But I’d be crazy if we are not on standby mode for our little one’s arrival.

After weeks and months have swept us by, the last countdown to meet her is increasing our anxiety levels by leaps and bounds (or mine, at least). Have we bought XXX?? Did we get YYY?? Is ZZZ needed?? Before we get there, one of the most important things to prepare right now is the hospital bag!

If you’re delivering at Thomson Medical Centre, a Hospital Guide will be provided – also available here. Asking friends who have delivered at the same hospital as you would be helpful too, so you know exactly what will not be needed. Things that are additionally requested for are also chargeable. For eg, maternity disposable underwear.

Mum’s Hospital Bag:

– Nursing 2-pc PJs (front-open types for easier breastfeeding)
– Nursing bras
– Cardigan
– Bedroom slippers/flip flops
– Maternity sanitary pads –> my friend passed some half-opened ones, bringing them to request nurses not to open another brand new pack although it’s probably already paid for as part of the stay package.
– Polythene bags (for soiled linen)
– Disposable nursing pads, in case milk kicks in
– Maternity disposable underwear –> available at department stores, Giant etc.
– Breast pumps, if milk kicks in early and you’d like to pump or stimulate supply. Hospitals rent breast pumps too (Mt. Alvernia charges $20 to rent during your hospital stay so do check with your maternity hospital), or you may leave yours at home if you’re planning to rent.
– Toiletries –> your own cleanser, moisturizer/cream or makeup.
– Hp charger
– Fresh set of clothes to wear home (bring something loose and easy to don) –> just in case the set that was worn to check-in gets soiled since we have no clue how things may go till it happens!
– Nipple cream, because it’ll hurt during the initial days of breastfeeding
– Bottom spray (for those opting for natural birth, although the hospital is likely to provide alcohol and cotton balls)
– Cord blood kit (if you’ve already signed up with CordLife or StemCord)
– Socks, to keep your feet warm since you’ll be in a fully air-conditioned place for the first few days
– A clean set of clothes for baby, including mittens, socks/booties, hat –> although some hospitals may provide (e.g. Mt Alvernia states to bring your own baby clothes for discharge) and baby will be wrapped in a swaddle, it’s up to you if you prefer baby dressed in his/her own clothes. A friend reminds that the items should be passed to nurses so they can help prepare baby on day of checkout.

Other stuff include: your spectacles, contact lens essentials, medication (check with your gynae), items for your elder child if he/she is visiting/staying over.

Now that the mum-to-be is more prepared, don’t forget about the anxious dad too! These items can help to comfort him as he enjoys his fave snacks while waiting for the arrival of his bundle of joy. We brought Dad’s Survival Kit into the delivery suite too, so he was chomping on biscuits and sipping coffee as the contractions went on. Fuel for when the time comes! :P

Dad’s Survival Kit:

– Food/snacks eg biscuits, bread, tidbits, sweets
– Drinks eg instant coffee, tea bags, Milo (the hospital usually has a vending machine conveniently located for easy access – remember to bring coins!)
– iPad, books or any games for entertainment while waiting
– Camera –> won’t include video.. I mean, who’s gonna watch that scary tape again?! To each his own, though…
– Sweater
– Toiletries for the stay
– Fresh sets of clothes if he’s bunking in with you (additional fee applies) for the next few days
– PJs like track pants as it gets cold with the aircon

The Administrative Stuff:

– Hospital admission papers
– Yours and your husband’s identification cards
– Marriage certification (for registering baby’s Birth in the Hospital)
– Pre-delivery expense receipts (for claiming from Medisave, pass to front liners to submit for you)
– Cord blood documentation
– Telephone numbers to Confinement Nanny, Massage Lady etc
– Docs for CDA account etc

### would encourage mums to let the hubby take care of these admin stuff, else it gets quite a handful to be concerned about.

I’m blessed that the Hub did so without hesitation. Thank you for being so understanding :)

hospital bag!
Just dump everything in and pull along! Makes things easier without having to fumble and stumble over different bags. Try to pack minimal stuff, upon check-out there might be gifts and more stuf from the hospital to squeeze in too. Not forgetting your new member to bring home too :)

And to all new mummies and daddies, all the best for your delivery and remember to put on a smile to welcome the little one into your world and arms! :D

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