Hospital Checklist: Giving birth in this pandemic
It's my 3rd child (Praise God!). I have compiled this list and improved it over time. I think I quite get what are needed for the hospital bag. I am lucky to have a husband who likes being prepared. He keeps all our essentials in a medium-sized travel bag. Everything in the bag includes essentials for him, me, and the baby.
I have given birth during this pandemic and so there are extra precautions needed to be taken and more stuff to bring. I delivered my baby via caesarian section. We spent only a total of 3 days at the hospital. So, I have modified this list for 3-day stay only.
Here is our comprehensive list.
For Cleaning the Baby
Isoproyl Acohol 70% solution
Cotton pads or balls
Baby soap or cleanser
Newborn diapers (1 pack as the baby poops often)
Baby ointment or rash cream (Calmoseptine)
3 onesies - long sleeves in long pants
3 onesies - shirt sleeves in short pants
3 pairs of socks or booties
2 pairs of mittens
Swaddle (the hospital provides a swaddle too)
For baby feeding
1 burp cloth
3 Receiving blankets
For going home
Infant safety car seat
Syringe for suctioning mucous
Lip balm, Lip stick, face moisturizer
Make-up - lip tint and face power will do
Comb, Hair Tie, Deodorant
Sanitary napkins, choose "for heavy days"
Adult diapers (Note: Do not choose pants as it is difficult to wear when you have catheter)
1 pair Socks
4pcs Daster or Sleep Gowns, Lab gowns
Underwear - panty and nursing bra
Going-home clothes that is convenient for breastfeeding
For Baby Feeding, Breast pump (in case the baby gets left behind at the nursery for a few days)
After giving birth, Post-partum binder
Phones and charger
Power bank and charger
Water bottle (because when you're breastfeeding, you hydrate a lot)
Credit card, for hospital bill
Admitting order from OB
Pen, paper, notebook
Pre-natal ultrasound results and other test results
After giving birth, don't forget to inform your company clinic immediately for enrollment of your newborn to your HMO program.