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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

  • Pajamas

  • 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

  • Snacks

  • Pillow and blanket

  • Camera

  • Video camera, if desired and allowed by hospital/clinic

  • Insurance cards

  • 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!

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