Checklist for birth

Checklist & hospital bag

Your due date is coming closer and closer! You are probably already on maternity leave and can finally finish your to do list. The pregnancy check-ups at the practice will be weekly during the last month of pregnancy. Time for a final check to see if everything is ready for delivery.


Please make sure your doorbell functions and there’s a nameplate at your front door. We want to make sure we won’t wake up your neighbor in the middle of the night!


From 37 weeks onwards please place bed raisers under your bed to make sure the height of your bed will be 70-90 cm. This is also necessary in case of a hospital birth (after birth when you’re home again. These bedraisers can be borrowed from Cordaan. They will be delivered to your home along with a bedpan when you call Cordaan on 0800 – 288 77 66. When it is impossible to raise your bed with bedraisers (or for instance beercrates) or you happen to have a waterbed, make sure you organize a raised (single) bed.


Fill your hospital bag with clothes for you and your baby. Don’t make a too big a deal from the hospital bag, you only need 2 outfits for the baby and 1-2 outfits for yourself. All disposables (i.e. nappies, maternity pads etc are provided by the hospital).

NOTE: Don’t forget to put your 101 pregnancy envelope, ID card and insurance card in the bag.

Hereby our essentials to put in your hospital bag.


  • 1 woolen blanket
  • 2 long sleeve bodysuits
  • 1 pair of (woolen) baby socks
  • 2 hats
  • 1 pair of pants of a onesie
  • 1 jacket or outdoor onesie (for the trip home)

Real woolen baby clothes can be hard to find.  The shops have a great delivery service and high quality products!


  • Outfit for after birth (loose fitting pants, cardigan)
  • Nursing bra
  • Toiletries
  • Woolen sokken (to keep your feet warm during labour)
  • Slippers
  • Hairband
  • Lipbalm
  • Phone charger
  • Camera

You don’t need magazines/snacks/iPads etc. The hospital will provide food and drinks, and you probably won’t eat that much during labour.

In the event that you have to stay overnight or even for a few days you can keep a second bag ready at home which your partner can bring to the hospital after birth.