Delivery bag checklist before giving birth

Mary Mason once said, “A baby is something you carry inside you for nine months, in your arms for three years and in your heart till the day you die.” During a woman’s pregnancy, one of the things she meticulously prepares is her delivery bag. A delivery bag consists of new mother’s and baby’s essentials when the baby is born in a hospital or clinic.

If you are nearing your delivery due date, around eight months, and haven’t had any idea what to bring, check out this basic list.

For newborn

Baru-baruan or newborn clothes set — At least two pieces of tops (either sleeveless or with sleeves), shorts or long pants, a pair of mittens and booties and a baby cap.

Liquid soap — To wash off some fluids or vernix (the white, cheesy-looking substance that coats the newborn’s skin), a mild liquid soap is necessary. The baby’s first bath will be done by a lying in or hospital staff after giving birth.

Diapers — Bring at least two to five pieces of newborn diapers. A good quality diaper should be super absorbent, gentle on baby’s skin, great fit and made of eco-friendly materials.

Bib or small, soft cloth — This can come in handy to protect the baby’s delicate skin and clothes from spit-up, breastmilk and drool. Have at least three pieces.

Receiving blanket — A thick blanket helps protect the baby from the cold air. Choose colors either blue or pink for easy gender identification. Plain white is also good.

THE baby’s first bath will be done by the lying-in or hospital staff.


For mommy

Dress — Bring at least two to five nursing clothes to make your breastfeeding journey more manageable and comfortable. It’s easy to put on, easy to loosen and easy to take off again since it doesn’t put any pressure on your postnatal body.

Adult diapers — Carry at least six to eight pieces of adult diapers to help absorb leakage of excess blood after giving birth.

Maternity pads — After the adult diaper phase, maternity pads give extra protection after child birth.

Toiletries — These include liquid soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, bath towel, deodorant and cotton buds. You can add wet wipes and tissue, too.

Slippers — Wear your slippers before going to the hospital or lying in.

Scrunchie, comb and mirror — Stay clean to avoid any infection and you also feel better after giving birth. Comb your hair to look good as well.

Liters of water — Be extra hydrated by drinking at least 16 cups of water a day to help you produce breastmilk round the clock.

Documents and IDs — These are given requirements from the hospital or lying in, as well as your baby’s identification for birth certificate. Bring at least two government IDs. Speaking of government IDs, update your PhilHealth contributions to avail of maternity hospital coverage.

Ideally, keep the delivery bag by your house door or any accessible place so it’s easy to grab and go when the time comes.

Start ticking off this checklist now!