packing baby clothings

By Michelle LIM, Associate Consultant and Associate Professor Tan Thiam Chye, Visiting Consultant, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, KK Women's and Children's Hospital

No sunscreen needed for this next trip away, but you'll be coming home with the best souvenir of all — your precious new baby! You'll need to pack a small suitcase of things you want with you during your hospital stay. Make sure you include a cute outfit for your little one because all eyes will be on this gorgeous newcomer! It's best to get these packed well in advance so you're ready to go as soon as it's time for your baby to make an appearance.

You may not need all of the following, but here's a list that you can select from according to your needs:

For Mum:

items for mum

• Toiletries such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, a hairbrush, shampoo, soap and a towel

• Bedroom slippers

• Socks

• Underwear

• Nursing bra

• A set or 2 of clothes to wear when you're discharged from the hospital

• Two loose nighties, preferably of the breastfeeding kind. During delivery, you'll be given a hospital gown to wear, but you may prefer to bring your own

Related: Am I in Labour?

For Dad:

items for dad

• Something to read while your partner is sleeping or resting

• Toiletries

• Change of clothes and underwear

• Sweater as it may get pretty chilly in the delivery suite

Related: Daddy Know-how

For Baby:

items for baby

• One cute baby outfit for your trip home

• Receiving blanket

• A pair of socks or booties

• A pair of mittens

• Cap

Related: Gearing Up for Birth

Have These Handy Too:

items to have handy

• A list of people to call once baby arrives. You don't want to leave anybody out of the excitement

• Digital camera/camcorder to capture these magical moments

• Don't forget your birth plan! With everything that's happening, you might forget all your carefully made plans and will need to refer to it

Related: Birth Plan

Avoid Bringing:

• Valuables, jewellery or your laptop. You won't need them and all your focus will be on your new baby

Make sure your suitcase is within easy reach so when the moment comes, you'll be ready to grab it and go!

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  • Monitoring the Baby During Labour
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  • Sources:

    The New Art and Science of Pregnancy and Childbirth 2008, World Scientific

    Healthy Start for your Pregnancy 2012, Health Promotion Board Singapore