My Hospital Checklist



In preparation for delivery day, here are some items that this pack rat has decided are coming with her to the hospital.


  • Digital camera and handheld video cam (forgot both during my second delivery—that’s what you get when you live in the U.S. without any support group of family). Used film for our firstborn, and those prints are M.I.A.
  • Cellphone and charger (useful also if digital cams fail)
  • Hospital gown (like Dear Johnnies or Gownies, since this is most likely my last child, I’d like to wear something other than the standard issued ones)
  • Nightdress (or dusters as we call them in the Philippines). These are far less restricting than pajamas. I can’t stand clothing with garters right now—it feels like my baby kicks more than normal
  • Socks, for me and the little one. For baby, I have a ton from Jefferies, Three Blind Mice, Baby Legs hand-me-downs, Porkchop Kids, Zutano)
  • Slippers for me and the hubby
  • Maternity sanitary pads
  • Boyshort style panties (got some from Mothercare that I cannot live without literally, because everything else hurts my belly)
  • Going home outfit(s). Right now, for the baby, it’s a toss-up between a Chick Pea Ana Soup or an Oilily newborn gift box. Also have the plain white newborn set from Mothercare, and a red and white set from Little Marc Jacobs (which I think is unisex, but my husband disagrees. Actually, I adore the bonnet with bear ears). Maybe he’ll just wear something from all, hehe. (separate post for this)
  • Bonnets, mittens (optional), sidetie/sidesnap shirts (still have to buy these)
  • Diapers (in the Philippines, we use Drypers disposables; in the US, Huggies Supreme) and birdseye cloth diapers to be used as burp cloths. When we get home, we’ll try to do cloth again. I have a few here from Bambino Mio and Kushies
  • Underpads (in case there are any “leaks” on the bed)
  • MacBook Pro (to photo edit this time around?) with charger, adaptor, and iPad
  • Portable internet connection (in Manila, there’s SmartBro and MyFi–tapping into all networks to be sure!)
  • Latest issues of BC and SPARK Magazines (so I can post edit and self-impose more stress). Maybe some sexy book like 50 Shades might help speed labor along
  • Own soap, shampoo, towels, toothbrush, toothpaste, alcohol, feminine wash, facial tissues, toilet paper (2-3 rolls), extra blankets (to make the hospital feel more like home)
  • Dishwashing liquid, plates, cutlery, sponge, dishes, disposable cups
  • Tucks pads (stings at first, but surprisingly helps with the healing)
  • Breast pump (Medela, Ameda, or Avent) and Soothies (for the boobies)
  • Baby wipes (J&J, Pigeon, Mustela, Pampers Sensitive)
  • Cotton balls
  • Documents for birth certificate, birth plan, insurance (For the Philippines, PhilHealth paperwork—must accomplish in advance!)
  • Nipple cream and breast pads (Avent and Lansinoh, top of my head)
  • Shampoo (if baby has a good head of hair), Mustela hair and body wash, Earth’s Best, Noodle & Boo, California Baby
  • Diaper rash cream (Pinxav, Desitin, Mustela, Palmer’s Bottom Butter)
  • Baby soap (Dove) or J&J Milk Bath, Tiny Tilia
  • CASH
  • Pillow and nursing pillow (still on the fence about this)
  • Topricin ointment (must not forget this back-saver)
  • Cybex Aton car seat (if it gets to Manila in time!), or my old Maxi-Cosi or Graco
  • Swaddle blankets (from Aden and Anais, SwaddleMe Designs, Little Giraffe)
  • Nursing cover from L’ovedBaby or Bebe Au Lait
  • Robe (like the pink one in the photo from Barefoot Dreams. So soft) Robes provide easy access for breastfeeding
  • SNACKS, or any comfort food—God knows we mamas could use this in our time of need
  • Make-up (face powder, lipstick, cheek tint–basic stuff but you’re good to go)
  • Extras: Room scents (like Comforting Room Mist from Beginnings by Maclaren, reed diffusers–in Manila, our friend Daphne launched her own line at Dimensione and Bench,

NOTE: These are just recommendations from someone who’s going down this road for the 3rd time. Any other tips, please holler at @karizfavis on Twitter or


One Response to “My Hospital Checklist”

  1. mary says:

    Wow, great list of items. When I had my son, I was totally unprepared and this would’ve helped a lot.

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