My husband is going to be a father-to-be the second time around this December. Although he’s not the one pregnant, I’m sure he’s as anxious as I am in awaiting the arrival of our new bundle of joy. Many father’s to be just like my husband share the same anxiety. Good thing, Greg Bishop, founder of Boot Camp for New Dads and author of two books on fathering shares some of his advises to new dads. Here he shares what items to bring to the hospital. So to the Dads-to-be out there, grab your pen and paper and list these items now so when your wife goes to labor you know what to bring.
1. A folder containing important documents including insurance cards, pre-admission forms, birth plan (two or three copies), etc.
2. Baby book (many nurseries will put your baby’s footprint in the book).
3. A watch with a second hand or digital readout.
4. Change of clothes and pajamas for mom (and dad, if staying overnight)
5. Warm shirt because hospital rooms are kept cool.
6. Basic toiletries such as a toothbrush, shaver, shampoo and deodorant.
7. Comfortable shoes, as you may do a lot of walking.
8. Something to read to mom.
9. CD, iPod or other music player with mom’s favorite music.
10. Pain-easing tools recommended at your birthing classes such as tennis balls, hot or cold packs, massagers, lotion, etc.
11. A bathing suit for dad to help mom take a shower which eases labor pains.
12. Something to eat and drink such as sandwich or power bars and juice, in a small cooler. Pack snacks for both of you for after the birth.
13. Cash to have on hand or Debit card.
14. Pen and pad of paper.
15. Digital camera so you can make a slideshow of your child’s birth later.
16. Address book and/or a list of phone numbers to announce birth.
17. Cell phone.
18. Champagne to celebrate. (Put your name on it and ask a nurse to store it in the fridge.)
19. Childbirth Coaching Guide from Crash Course for New Dads.
According to Bishop, “When you’re trying to get out the door and to the hospital, it’s guaranteed that you’ll forget one or more important items. Being prepared ahead of time is half the battle. In addition to considering our list of 19 Essential Items, expectant parents should talk to staff at the hospital; other attendees in birthing classes or someone they know who recently delivered a baby to get even more ideas for their list. Time is of the essence and you don’t want to have to drop mom at the hospital then rush back home to retrieve insurance papers or something else you must have. Every moment counts.”