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night of the newborn: what to pack for dad’s stay in the delivery room

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In the run-up to your new baby’s arrival, any discussions around what to pack in the hospital bag tend to focus on mum and baby.

But don’t forget - you’re going to be there too and while hopefully you won’t be in the hospital long, there are some essentials you’ll need.

Hospital bag for dads

  1. Toiletries. No one likes furry teeth.

  2. A change of clothes, and bear in mind maternity wards can be quite warm, so take shorts/t-shirts as well as trousers/jumper, even in winter.

  3. Your phone - and make sure it has plenty of space on there for all the photos (don’t forget the charger).

  4. Your iPad, or podcasts/music to listen to on your phone - there may be time to fill while your baby and partner sleep.

  5. Snacks - and plenty of them.

Mum’s hospital back - lend a helping hand

But before you start packing, a quick tip: has your partner sorted her hospital bag yet? This can be a hard thing for many mums-to-be to get on with. Partly because they usually have 100 other things to organise before baby’s arrival, but also because packing the bag seems to signify that you’re ‘ready’ for this baby…which isn’t always how mums-to-be feel!

So, why not help out by offering to pack it for her? We’ve got a hospital bag checklist here of everything she’ll need (obviously check she has no additions) and hey presto - you’ve helped out and she has one less thing on her plate.

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