Congrats! She’s pregnant and the big day is approaching. If this is your first time becoming a dad, it’s going to be an overwhelmingly happy and scary experience. But don’t worry, Enteringmanhood has you covered so any questions or concerns you have can be cleared up before your bundle of joy arrives.
Whether it’s a vaginal birth or a c-section, you’re going to likely spend at least one night overnight in the hospital with mom and your new baby. So, this requires you to pack a hospital bag in preparation for the big day. Knowing you’ll be there awhile, here are some of the essentials you can consider when putting together this bag:
1- The bag: you don’t need a suitcase, but make sure the bag is big enough to hold the essentials, while also being small enough to carry around with ease. You don’t want to be lugging this monstrous luggage through the hospital as your lady is experiencing contractions
2- Change of clothes: something comfortable to sleep in, and another outfit to wear the day when you leave. Two days worth of clothes should do the trick, but if she has a long labor remember that the hospital stay could be up to four days long.
3- Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, face wash, deodorant, vitamins, aspirin, comb, hair gel, disposable razor, etc. You’ll likely have access to a bathroom, so ensure you can freshen up by coming prepared.
4- Comfortable footwear: slippers or sandals and a change of socks is crucial. After a long day you’ll want to kick off the shoes and relax a bit.
5- Phone charger: you’re going to be taking lots of pictures and video, while exchanging texts and phone calls with family and friends, so you’ve got to be sure you have enough juice to last the twenty four to seventy two hours. I would bring a second charger as a backup in case your lady forgets hers.
6- Snacks and water/beverages: you won’t be able to run to the local pizzeria to grab a bite, but labor could last many hours. Some protein bars should do the trick. Pack two days worth and if you need more you could always hit the vending machine.
7- Cash or credit card: for the vending machine or the photographer who will offer to take newborn photos. These pictures always come out great, and you’ll be glad you have them.
8- Baby clothes and car seat: you can’t take the little guy home naked, so make sure you bring a few outfits for him. The hospital should supply diapers and wipes, but don’t expect clothing from them (although they do give every baby one of those cute little hats and a blanket to swaddle them in). As for the car seat, it’s a good idea to understand how to install it beforehand.
9- Optional – portable speaker: Pre, mid or post labor may be a time for music, depending on her mood. Ask her what she wants to hear and play it from the Bluetooth speaker. She may just tell you she wants quiet. Better to be prepared…
10- Optional – blanket and pillow: The hospital will likely provide this, but if you’re particular about what you sleep with, bring your own.
You’re going to want to have this bag packed and ready to go by the time she’s six months pregnant at the latest. She can go into labor at any time, and you want to be ready to go straight to the hospital instead of scrambling to find your toothbrush. Keep it somewhere easy to remember, or even leave it in your car. Good luck at the hospital! You’re going to do great.
– Your Big Bro