A Dad’s Bag-Packing Checklist for the Hospital
Part of the Dad’s Guide to Pregnancy For Dummies Cheat Sheet
Pack a bag for the hospital in advance so that when your pregnant partner goes into labor, you’ll be ready to race out the door without worrying about finding deodorant and a phone charger. Your mind will be focused on the labor and new baby, so if you aren’t prepared in advance, you’ll probably forget items you wish you had. A couple of weeks before the due date, pack a bag with the following items for both you and your partner:
Toiletries, including a razor
Two changes of clothes
Baby clothes, including one outfit for formal pictures
Change for vending machines
Cash for parking
Menus and phone numbers for favorite delivery foods
Pillow and blanket
Video camera, if desired and allowed by hospital/clinic
Cell phone and charger
MP3 player/laptop (for entertainment)
If you have to use any of the items before you go to the hospital, be sure to put them back in the bag when you’re done.
And don’t forget to make sure you have the car seat properly installed in your vehicle so you can take baby home!