What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag: Taiwan Expat Mommy Edition

Last week I got my hospital bag ready since I’m less than a month away from my due date (can’t believe D-day is so soon!)! Since I’m giving birth in Taiwan instead of the States, on top of looking up what to pack on Pinterest, I also read up on what moms in Taiwan pack for the hospital (in Taiwan hospital bags are called dai chan bao (待產包)). In hopes of helping the expat mamas in Taiwan, I’ve put together this Taiwan hospital bag packing list with the Chinese names of items you’ll need to bring and also links to sites where you can purchase some of the items. Due to the fact that it’s so much cheaper to give birth here versus the States, you’ll need to bring some items that are usually provided by the hospitals in America. (I’ve also updated the list now that I’m one month postpartum.) But if you plan on delivering in a larger hospital, usually they’ll have a pharmacy there to purchase anything you need or forgot. Hope this helps you!

Documents- Hospital Baag
1. folder/envelope: to put all the paperwork you’ll receive from the hospital for the baby and also to keep your cash in. I heard it’s recommended to bring around 20,000NT so you don’t have to run out to an ATM. Of course it’s also pretty convenient to find an ATM in Taiwan too if you don’t want to have that much money in your bag.
2. Mommy Handbook 媽媽手冊
3. You’ll also need your National Healthcare card and ARC or Taiwan ID

During Labor_Hospital Bag
1. music (phone/lap top, portable speakers) (I listened to Childbirth in the Glory and another birth affirmation while laboring. It helped me so much!)
2. essential oil and diffuser (lavender is recommended for birthing) (I didn’t bring this..maybe should’ve)
3. (optional) homeopathic meds (I packed arnicare gel, clary age essential oil, Pulsatilla 30c, Arnica Montana 30c, Caulophyllum 30c, Gelsemium 30c) (I took some in the beginning of labor but later on forgot to)
4. massage ball (forgot to get one but my husband rubbed my back and that felt sooo good!)
5. small towel for when you get sweaty or to be used as a cold/hot compress (useful especially when I took a shower the day after in the hospital room)
6. hot/cold compress (wished I had a hot compress for my back, didn’t get a chance to get one before I left for the hospital)
7. snacks & drinks (coconut water is a great source of electrolytes, I loved the ones I found at Carrefour which came with straws like a juice box. Made drinking them while lying down so much easier)
8. yoga ball (I labored for a bit on it)

selfcare_hospital bag
The following items are the ones that will be the ones more specific to giving birth in a hospital in Taiwan:
1. hemorrhoid cream (I wanted to use the homeopathic version: arnica gel) 痔瘡藥膏 (I didn’t use this since I didn’t tear but most women do so it’s still a good idea to bring this)
2. sitz bath (I also got Motherlove’s sitz bath spray. Highly recommended by other moms in the States) or small plastic bucket and squeeze bottle (the squeeze bottle can be purchased at pharmacies and the plastic bucket can be found in most larger grocery stores in the bathroom or cleaning section) 坐浴盆,或小臉盆和沖洗器 (I loved the sitz bath spray, made going to the bathroom a more pleasant experience since it’s going to be a bit of a process going to the bathroom afterwards. You’ll most likely change pads every single time)
3. bag of tissues 抽取式衛生紙
4. underpads (can be found in most pharmacies. I purchased mine at Carrefour in the same section where pads can be found and close to where the depends are kept) 看護墊
5. maternity maxi pads (extra long nighttime pads work as well) 產褥墊 (I’d say get two packs, one maternity maxi size and another pack of normal pads that can take a heavy flow. I used up one pack in the hospital and needed another when I got home)
6. disposable underwear or cheap granny underpants (2 packs) (can be purchased at most pharmacies or baby stores. I bought XL sized ones) 紙內褲
7. wet naps (2 packs) one for by the bed and one for the bathroom. (I just got a larger pack and a smaller pack) 濕紙巾
8. postpartum girdle/belly bandit (large size) 束腹帶

comfortsofhome_hospitalbag
1. comfy slippers/flip flops 好穿的拖鞋
2. towels 小毛巾
3. eye mask and ear plugs (in case you’re in a shared hospital room) 眼罩與耳塞
4. toiletries (shampoo, body wash, lotion, chapstick etc. I plan on taking a shower afterwards) 牙刷,牙膏,漱口杯,牙線和棉花棒
at the hospital)
5. thin sweatshirt (apparently it can be cold in the hospital rooms? But the Taiwanese definition of cold is probably comfortable to me?) 薄外套 (I didn’t use it since I was still hot afterwards)
6. makeup bag 化妝包
7. electronics: cell phone, cameras, batteries, chargers, SD cards, computer/ipad etc., extension chord 電子產品:手機,相機,電腦,充電器,延長線
8. one outfit to leave the hospital in for yourself 出院的衣服
9. (optional) pillow 枕頭
10. (optional) spoons, chopsticks, mugs/water bottles, bowls, straws (if you plan on sharing your food with hubby during your hospital stay) 鋼筷,鋼匙和腕(準備兩份,一份給爸爸用)馬克杯,吸管 (So useful especially when my mom brought food to the hospital for my husband)

babycare_hospital bag
1. nursing pillow 哺乳枕
2. nursing bras and or tanks 哺乳胸罩或小可愛 (I didn’t need these since I just wore the gowns that the hospital provided)
3. breast pump & accessories (remember to sanitize it beforehand) 擠乳器 (your milk won’t come in until day 3 so don’t bring this to the hospital)
4. one outfit for baby for leaving the hospital (Yes, JUST ONE! during your hospital stay, the hospital will provide clothes and blankets for baby so all you need to bring for the baby clothes wise is just one outfit to leave the hospital in. I know, crazy right?!)
5. carseat to bring the baby home in 嬰兒汽車椅
6. nipple cream (I got the highly recommended Motherlove one) 羊脂膏
7. nursing pads (probably don’t need a lot since you won’t be producing that much milk at first) 防溢乳墊 (even though my milk did come in, it wasn’t that much so I didn’t need these)

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