To be well-prepared for the delivery and the time afterwards, we advise you to stock a number of items well in advance. Please notice that, most of the layettes from babystores and magazines have commercial intentions. When you keep our list in mind, you never buy too much.

For yourself:

  • 1 packages of normal sanitary towels
  • 1 packages of maternity sanitary towels
  • 1 digital thermometer
  • 1 package of large plastic bags (to wrap the sanitary towels)
  • 1 measuring jug or bottle (to sluice after using the toilet)

For the baby:

  • 1 bottle of alcohol 70%
  • 2 packages of sterile gauze dressings 16/16
  • 6 clamshell vests or onesies (2 sizes)
  • 4 sets of clothing
  • At least 6 burp cloths
  • Baby bath with accompanying standard (preferably 100/105 cm high)
  • Hairbrush and/or comb
  • At least 2 hooded towels
  • 12 cotton nappies (to dry off the baby)
  • 1 package of disposable nappies (if you want to use washable diapers please check further below)
  • 1 bucket with lid
  • Zinc ointment (for baby’s buttocks)

For baby’s cot:

  • 1 Sturdy mattress between 8 to 10 centimetres thick
  • 1 flannelette sheet (a “Molton”, a flannel protection cover for the mattress (no water-repellent coating)
  • 3 Bottom / fitted under sheets or matrass covers
  • 3 top sheets
  • 2 Woolen or cotton blankets (small or large)
  • 2 seamless metal hot water bottles, provided with a rubber inner plating inside of the cap (check these hot water bottles beforehand for any leaks
  • Alternatively, 1 Electric jug instead of the metal hot water bottles.


When breastfeeding:

  • 3 nursing bras, of which at least 1 soft bra (Preferably purchase after childbirth, a soft bra can be purchased during pregnancy)
  • 1 package of breast pads

When bottle-feeding:

  • 2 bottles with teat
  • 1 bottle-brush
  • 1 bottle-warmer
  • 1 trial package formula for new-borns


When using washable diapers instead of disposable diapers:

  • 12-24 pre-shaped diapers with insert (possibly with overpants)

or when you want to use foldable diapers

  • 12-24 foldable or prefold diapers (cotton, fleece or other materials are also possible)
  • 1 roll of paper tape
  • 1 package of nappy liners
  • 6 wraps/plastic pants

For a home delivery:

  • 2 buckets
  • Refuse bags
  • 1 tub (plastic washing-up bowl)
  • 1 extra lamp 100 Watt
  • Emergency lighting (strong flashlight)
  • 1 mattress protection cover
  • 10 large sterile gauze dressings 10/10
  • 1 umbilical clamp
  • 2 packages of cellulose mats
  • Antibacterial liquid soap
  • 1 package of zigzag cotton wool
  • 1 roll of toilet paper
  • 1 chamber pot wrapped in a clean pillowcase


  • ‘emergency’ suitcase: toilet articles, pyjamas etc. (in case you need to go to hospital unexpectedly)
  • Crates or bed blocks (to raise the bed to a working height of 70 cm) Best place these under the bed when your 37 weeks pregnant.


For a hospital delivery:

For yourself

  • Personal hygiene articles (shampoo, etc)
  • Nightwear
  • Slippers and bathing wrap
  • Warm socks
  • Easy clothes for wearing during delivery (big t-shirt, easy to wash)
  • Clean clothes for after delivery
  • Medication (if you need this yourself)

For the baby

  • Babyclothes best in two sizes (nappy’s will be provided by the hospital)
  • Diaper shirt, trousers
  • Baby cape, jacket, cap
  • Baby blanket
  • Maxi cosi

Not to forget:

  • Photocamera
  • Insurance card
  • Pregnancy card (from your midwife)
  • Hospital ID card (ponsplaatje)
  • Small change for the wheelchair

Good to know:

Hot water bottle covers are not used by our maternity care. A cotton cloth is used, wrapped around the hot water bottle. This is safer than a hot water bottle cover. Never use a hot water bottle without a casing.

Aero sleep Mattresses

The most important way to prevent crib death is the supine position of the baby. The purchase of a mattress with upper layer ventilation is unnecessary!

The ventilated upper layer of the Aero sleep mattress is not used during the maternity period (or for as long as the baby needs a hot water bottle). This upper layer cools the baby down too much, and could become dangerous if combined with a hot water bottle. Refer to . also in English, or check our website: