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Breast milk is best for babies. The World Health Organisation (WHO) and Health Promotion Board (HPB) recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Unnecessary introduction of bottle feeding or other food and drinks will have a negative impact on breastfeeding. At around six months of age (but not before 4 months), infants should receive nutritionally adequate and age-appropriate complementary foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond. Consult your doctor before deciding to use infant formula or if you have difficulty breastfeeding.

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The content on this website is intended as general information for Singaporean residents only and should not be used as a substitute for medical care and advice from your healthcare practitioner. The HPB recommends that infants start on age-appropriate complementary foods at around 6 months, whilst continuing breastfeeding for up to 2 years or beyond to meet their evolving nutritional requirements. If no longer breastfeeding, toddlers can switch to full cream milk after 12 months. This should be complemented by a good variety of solid foods from the four main food groups (fruits, vegetables, grains, meat and alternatives). For more information on the nutritional requirements of infants and young children, please visit


Mom’s essentials – The hospital checklist

Find out how you can be best prepared to welcome your bundle of joy from the womb to your home.


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You are now in your final trimester of pregnancy and you’re waiting to meet your precious baby. Tiny outfits have been carefully selected and washed and the baby’s nursery is just perfect. But have you packed your hospital bag yet? The hospital bag checklist in Singapore is important to know just in case your baby decides to make an early appearance. Even if your baby is born on time, it’s good to be organized early so that you can avoid any last-minute panic. Your bag should be packed and ready around four weeks before your due date.

Your hospital bag checklist in Singapore


Packing the necessary documents in your hospital bag is important for matters like registering your baby’s birth. Place all the documents in a folder and put it somewhere in your bag where they won’t get crushed. Your partner could also take responsibility for packing the documents in a separate backpack or bag, keeping them safe, and retrieving them when needed. Here are the documents you will need to note down in your hospital bag checklist Singapore:

  • Hospital admission form
  • Admission letter from your gynaecologist/ doctor
  • If relevant, a Letter of Guarantee (LOG) from your insurance company. Depending on the terms and conditions of your policy, this could help minimize any extra costs to you
  • Documents related to your medical history (e.g., x-rays, blood test reports) as well as the medication you are on, including dosage
  • NRIC if you are a Singaporean; passport if you are a foreigner
  • Your original marriage certificate to register your baby’s birth/ name. You can find more details about registering your baby’s birth on the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) website.1
  • Any prenatal visit receipts, for MediSave Maternity Package2 claims
  • Your birth plan, if you have one

It’s crucial that you are comfortable and have everything you need to stay that way while in labour and after. Your maternity hospital bag should contain the following items:

  • Hair ties, a cloth hair band, and hairclips – all of these can be used to keep your hair out of your face during labour and delivery
  • A brush and comb
  • A toiletries bag that includes toothpaste; toothbrush; facewash; body wash; shampoo and conditioner; and any other must-have toiletries including makeup
  • Face and body moisturiser
  • Lip balm. Your lips may get quite dry during labour
  • Spectacles instead of contact lenses
  • A comfortable robe and your favourite slippers
  • Several pairs of comfortable cotton socks. As warm as Singapore is, your feet might feel cold during labour
  • A cardigan
  • Comfortable, loose cotton clothing. Button-down shirts and/or t-shirts with stretchy necklines are ideal for breastfeeding
  • 3-4 nightgowns that ideally open in the front
  • Around 5 sets of disposable underwear
  • Regular underwear as needed but make sure they’re cotton and very comfortable
  • 2 or 3 nursing bras and nursing pads
  • A set of clothes to go home in
  • A couple of plastic bags to take home any soiled clothes
  • 2-3 packs of maternity sanitary pads. These are much thicker than regular sanitary napkins and are needed for the lochia discharge you will experience after giving birth
  • Nursing pillow
  • Breast pump, in case you need it
  • Your favourite massage oil for soothing back rubs while you are in labour
  • A heat pack for your partner to use on your back while in labour.
  • Earplugs or a headset, if noise irritates you
  • An eye mask, if you need one to sleep
  • Your phone and charger

TIP: Do not take jewellery and other valuables to the hospital.


Dads often get neglected in the frenzy that sometimes occurs when packing a hospital bag at the last minute. But because this hospital bag checklist will help you be organised and pack your bag early, don’t forget to add the following items, especially for dad.

  • A power bank, your phone and charger so that you can make those calls to family and close friends the moment your baby is born
  • A camera, in case you prefer one instead of your phone camera, to take those memorable first photos of your precious newborn and the new mummy
  • Basic toiletries, including a toothbrush and toothpaste, cologne, and anything else you may need to freshen up
  • A change of clothes
  • Comfortable shoes
  • A pillow to keep you comfortable, should you need to catch some sleep on a chair or couch
  • A book and/or music in case you spend more time than anticipated in the hospital
  • Your partner’s favourite playlist
  • A pen and notepad
  • Medication, if you take any
  • Spectacles, if you wear them
  • Baby’s car seat – which should be fitted professionally before the baby is born if you have your own vehicle

There’s no need to overpack for your baby as the hospital will usually provide items like diapers (it’s good to check with them in advance about what they will give you). Here’s what to bring from home for your little one:

  • A couple of sets of pre-washed newborn clothing. Two long-sleeved, footed onesies and two short-sleeved onesies are ideal
  • A baby beanie
  • A set of newborn socks or booties
  • One set of baby mittens to prevent your baby from scratching him/herself
  • A swaddle
  • A blanket
  • A prewashed baby towel if you do not want to use what the hospital provides. Your partner should remember to hand it over to the staff on duty as soon as you get to the hospital
  • One small pack of newborn diapers
  • A small pack of cotton wool balls
  • Baby’s toiletries (mild baby wash and shampoo)

With this comprehensive maternity hospital bag checklist, mums and dads can be properly prepared to welcome their precious newborn and embark on that wonderful journey that is parenthood.

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1Register and Collect Birth Certificate. Immigration and Checkpoints Authority Singapore. Retrieved on February 7, 2022 from ICA | Register and Collect Birth Certificate

2Guide to using the MediSave Maternity Package. CPF Board. Retrieved on February 7, 2022 from Guide to Maternity Package (

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