In order to be well prepared for the birth and the time that follows, we advise you to make sure that you have a number of things ready at home on time.
Bear in mind that most of the list of essentials lists in circulation via magazines and baby shops serve a commercial purpose. You will not be buying any unnecessary items if you use the following list as a starting point.

For yourself

  • 2 packs of regular menstrual pads*
  • 2 packs of maternity pads*
  • 1 digital thermometer
  • measuring jug or bottle (to rinse after going to the toilet)
  • plastic sandwich bags (to dispose of sanitary pads)

For breastfeeding

  • 2 nursing brass, of which at least one is a soft bra (or maternity bra) (preferably purchased after childbirth, but a soft bra can be purchased during pregnancy)
  • 2 packs of nursing pads
  • It is not necessary to buy a breast pump yet. This can be hired during the neonatal period.

For the baby

  • 1 bottle of alcohol 70%*
  • 1 digital babythermometer
  • 2 large sterile gauze pads16/16*
  • 2 bonnets
  • 6 bundlers or bodysuits(2sizes)
  • 4 sets of clothes
  • minimal 6 burp cloths
  • Baby bathtub or TummyTub with matching stand (preferably100/105cm high)
  • Hairbrush and/or comb
  • minimal 2 bathtub capes
  • 12-18 hydrophilic towels (to dry the baby off)
  • 6 hydrophilic washcloths
  • 2 packs of disposable nappies*
  • bucket or rubbish bin with a lid to dispose of the nappies
  • zinc cream(for the buttocks)
  • vaseline

For the baby’s bed

  • 1 firm mattress between 8 and 10cm thick
  • 2 flannel covers to protect the mattress (without plastic, so not water repellent, these are not breathable enough)
  • 3 bottom or fitted sheets
  • 3 topsheets
  • 2 woolen or cotton blankets
  • seamless metal hot water bottles fitted with a rubber insert in the cap and certified with the logo of the KeurmerkInstituut (the Dutch Certification Institute). Check these hot water bottles for leaks beforehand, hot water bottle bags are not needed, the hot water bottle is wrapped in a hydrophilic cloth for safety reasons.

When using cotton nappies instead of disposable ones

  • 12–24 ready-made cotton nappies for a minimum of 8 changes per day


  • 6 hydrophilic nappies
  • 12 birds eye flat nappies(piqué)
  • 1 roll of paper tape
  • 1 pack of nappy inserts
  • 6 panty-liners/nappy pants

Bottle feeding

  • 2 bottles with teat (you can have 2 different bottles so you can see which one your baby drinks best out of)
  • 1 bottlebrush cleaner
  • 1 Bottle warmer (you can also heat the bottle in a double boiler)
  • Measuring jug
  • 1 pack of baby formula for newborns

For a home birth

  • 2 buckets
  • 2 rubbish bags
  • 1 washbasin(plastic bucket)
  • 1 pack of salt(for rinsing the birth laundry)
  • 1 extra lamp 100 Watt
  • Emergency lighting(strong torch)
  • 1 mattress protector*
  • 10 large sterile gauze pads 10/10*
  • 1 umbilical cord clamp*
  • 5 cellulosemats*
  • liquid disinfectant soap*
  • 1 pack of zigzag cottonwool*
  • 1 roll of toiletpaper
  • 1 po in a clean pillowcase
  • ‘pre-packed’ suitcase: toiletries, pyjamas, etc.(incase you have to go to the hospital unexpectedly)
  • 1 bedriser(to raise the bed to a workheight of 70cm)* Is part of the contents of a maternity kit

• During the intake interview with the Cicogna consultant, we will jointly check whether the home situation meets the requirements for a safe home birth. This will be referred back to your midwife.