As an expectant mother, you know that it’s very common to prepare a hospital bag with all the necessities you will need while you’re at the hospital waiting for the arrival of your new baby. On the contrary, there’s a vague understanding of what dad should pack for the big day in order to be equally prepared. Luckily, we can lend a hand and a few quick tips.
Although your partner might be just as psyched as you are about having a baby, chances are he could use a few tips on what to pack for the hospital stay. After all, most men now take on more responsibility when it comes to raising and caring for children so, it’s only right that dads are prepped and prepared for the big day, too!
- Pack items in a backpack (hands-free)
- Gas up the car
- Plan the route
Some call it a “hospital bag” and others call it a “go bag,” but whatever you call it, make sure you have the following essentials set aside.
- Your state-issued ID and insurance card
- The birth plan (if you have one)
- Folders for paperwork
- The infant car seat (Make sure it’s properly installed)
- Loose change for parking/vending machines
- Toiletries for yourself
- A travel pillow
- More than one outfit
- Comfortable clothes
- Socks and comfortable shoes
- Glasses and/or contact solution
- Smartphone charger
- Reusable water bottle
Some optional extras
- An iPad, book, some magazines (You may be there a while!)
- An email pre-drafted with a contact list to announce the new baby
- A real camera (if you’d like)
- A real journal (if you want)
- Something to imprint (baby’s tiny foot)
- Yours and your partner’s favorite snacks
- The push present (To celebrate the occasion of giving birth)
Preparing for a new baby is a very exciting time for you and your partner, so knowing what to expect and what to prep will make the arrival of your new little one a little less stressful and a truly special experience that you will always remember.
Moms-to-be, don’t worry! We have you covered, too. Click here for a downloadable Maternity Bag Checklist. We’ve also asked our maternity nurses at Burdett Birth Center for some ideas on which items should be in your maternity bag.