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hospital bag checklist for dad.

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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. Our hospital bag checklist for dad has you covered.

Hospital bag checklist 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 tablet, 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 for mum 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.

Don't forget at WaterWipes we are here to help you on this exciting journey and we have many more articles on our Parenting Hub explaining the ins and outs of topics like breastfeeding for dads, dad and baby bonding and the role of dad.

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