What To Pack for Hospital Bag?

Halfway through the third trimester or 31 weeks into your pregnancy, expectant mums should start packing a hospital bag for delivery. Here’s a guide to the essentials you’ll need to help soothe the pre-delivery frenzy.

Important documents

  • Doctor’s admission letter
  • Personal identification for both parents (NRIC or passport for non-Singaporeans)
  • Details of insurance and necessary paperwork and receipts from antenatal doctor visits for your medical claims
  • Birth plan
  • Original copy of marriage certificate if you’re doing the birth registration during your stay
  • Any other hospital paperwork or documents

Tech gear

  • Phone
  • Camera
  • Chargers, batteries and/or power banks

Clothes

  • Nursing bra for breastfeeding
  • Underwear
  • Warm socks
  • Non-slip slippers
  • Personal pyjamas or nightgown, preferably front-opening
  • Something to keep warm (a jacket or cardigan)
  • Comfortable going-home outfit

Toiletries & personal items

  • Hair ties
  • Lip balm
  • Skincare
  • Sanitary pads (optional)
  • Breast pump (optional)

Items to help time pass

  • Music
  • Books
  • Tablet
  • Laptop

Having these key items prepared and packed well before your estimated due date will help minimise hassle and unnecessary stress.

Aside from packing a hospital bag for delivery, consider packing a post-delivery bag that contains items for the baby – such as mittens, booties and baby hat – and a bag for your partner (both of which can be left in the car or at home until after your baby arrives).

At Thomson Medical, basic essentials such as a diaper bag, baby vest, hooded wrapping blanket, wet wipes and disposable diapers will be provided for the baby.

CONFINEMENT ESSENTIALS 

Every new mum admitted to Thomson Medical Centre in 2017 will receive a special suitcase set full of handy confinement essentials. The cheerful turquoise four-wheeled cabin suitcase comes with items to help aid mummy’s postnatal recovery. Some of the items included are:

  • Anti-slip covered bedroom slippers
  • Breast pads
  • Set of hair loss shampoo and tonic treatment
  • Hip and belly wrap
  • Waterproof wet bag
  • Young Parents magazine and a six-month digital subscription
  • Nourishment From Within confinement cookbook

For the full list of items, visit thomsonmedical.com/confinement-essentials

For enquiries, please email contact@thomsonmedical.com

This article first appeared in Celebrating Life Apr/May 2017 Issue