For a father-to-be, pregnancy is a period to shower your partner with all the love, support, and care you can offer them. Of course, it is also the time when you eagerly await the moment to go to the hospital and quickly get your baby and the new mom home. This isn’t as easy as being said and as is obvious, a lot that happens in between—dads must be well prepared before the D-day arrives.
Before heading to the hospital, make a list of the things you will need while you are there. We suggest you pack up these things apart from your other requirements.
1. Comfortable Clothes
You might need to stay at the hospital in your partner’s company depending upon the duration of their labor. Keep an extra set of clothes including a change of undergarments and a comfortable wear like pajamas. While you help and support your partner during labor—which could be either be during the day or at nightime—make sure you are yourself dressed comfortably.
Choose appropriate spare clothes for the hospital as there will be other mothers in the maternity ward and they may not feel comfortable if you roam around in your boxers when you have nothing else to wear.
2. Snacks And Drinks
Keep some ready-to-cook food or pre-packed meals for the hospital, in case the birth goes for a longer time than you had anticipated. Carry some snacks, dry fruits, fruit juices and a bottle of water, which you can eat when your partner is resting.
You may not find it convenient to leave your partner and go out to eat something. Be prepared with food and some healthy snacks and you don’t have to worry about leaving their side.
3. Things For Birth
There is not much hard work that you need to put in the birth as compared to your partner. However, what you can do is prepare for the moments to come.
Apart from being present next to your partner when she is going through the agonies of labor and childbirth, you can capture these precious moments of your baby’s arrival. Carry a camera and spare batteries along.
Get a tennis ball, put it inside a clean sock and give her back a massage using this. Carry some massage oils as an alternative or a hand-fan to help the laboring mom cool down.
Don’t forget to carry a toothbrush, toothpaste, razor, facewash, towels, and medicines that you take regularly. Be prepared in case you have to stay at the hospital for a little longer.
If your partner is planning a waterbirth, you might have to get in the pool with her. Keep a swimwear or a good pair of trousers for that.
5. Daily Essentials
1. Carry your mobile phone charger. You could also keep some magazines, books or newspaper to kill time while your partner is resting. You may even grab a pillow before you leave—if you get tired and only have the convenience of a chair, this could be of help.
2. You could also keep some magazines, books or newspaper to kill time while your partner is resting. You may even grab a pillow before you leave—if you get tired and only have the convenience of a chair, this could be of help.
3. You may even grab a pillow before you leave—if you get tired and only have the convenience of a chair, this could be of help.
4. Carry a list of phone numbers from your partner’s contact list. It might be a good idea to ring her near and dear ones to announce the arrival of your baby.
5. Have some money/change with you for your convenience.
Before you have packed your bag, ask your partner if she would need you to carry a few things for her. Once she goes into labor and after the baby is born, it will be your responsibility to take care of her needs for time being. Double-check all the things on the list and you are all set to go.