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DADDY’S HOSPITAL BAG MUST-HAVE #7:
Laptop, tablet or other things to do. While I wouldn’t want my husband anywhere but the delivery room while I deliver, I don’t really want him to smother me either.
I am a silent sufferer and prefer to be left alone than have my hair stroked or shoulders rubbed. I want him there, but not in my face. If you want Daddy right there, breathing through the contractions with you, then have him do that. But, if you’d rather be left alone to deal with your stuff, giving Daddy a little distraction can be good for everyone. Something kind of mindless that can be dropped at a moments notice, should the need arise, is perfect. A gift card for some new apps might be fun too.
DADDY’S HOSPITAL BAG MUST-HAVE #8:
The phone numbers list. It’s pretty easy to get word out about Baby’s birth with all the social media options these days. Even my grandma is on Facebook. Heck, both of my grandmas are, and my grandpa! But, some people deserve an actual phone call or picture message at least. Make sure all those extra special people (and the ones not on social media – like my dad) are included on the list so no one gets forgotten or missed. You can get the one below when you sign up for The ULTIMATE Hospital Packing List.
DADDY’S HOSPITAL BAG MUST-HAVE #9:
Any other checklists or special instructions you want Daddy to know. Discuss certain medical procedures and complications with your birth partner beforehand and in what ways you would like to handle them. Heaven forbid you hemorrhage or something; but, there is the chance you won’t be able to make decisions for yourself at some point during the childbirth process. Having someone else aware of your wants and wishes can help in difficult situations where life-altering decisions have to be made right now.
Of course, it’s not a bad idea to ask Daddy if there’s anything else he wants to take… After all, it is Daddy’s Hospital Bag. The Boy Scouts knew what they were doing when they chose the motto “Be Prepared!” If you are, it will make your first few days with baby more enjoyable for your entire family.
DADDY’S BAG SHOPPING LIST
- Man snacks
- Extra shirts
- Night wear
- Swim trunks
- Tablet or laptop
- Gift card for new apps
- Contact list
- Other special instructions concerning your labor and delivery
Congratulations again on your little bundle of joy! Now, go pack those bags!
Feeling confident about what you’re packing for you and baby? Take a look at the things I wish I had packed the first two times I had a baby! You might be surprised by what WASN’T provided the second time.