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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 mom 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.

  1. Hospital bag checklist for dads

  2. Mom’s hospital bag

1. Hospital bag checklist for dads - the essentials

  • Toiletries - These are vital when it comes to a hospital bag for dad. No one likes furry teeth, so be sure to include a toothbrush in your hospital bag.

  • A change of clothes - Bear in mind maternity wards can be quite warm, so take shorts/t-shirts as well as pants/sweater, even in winter, in your hospital bag.

  • Phone - Make sure it has plenty of space on there for all the photos (don’t forget the charger).

  • Tablet, or podcasts/music to listen to on your phone - There may be time to fill while your baby and partner sleep.

  • Snacks - And plenty of them. Certainly underrated when it comes to items on the hospital bag checklist.

2. Mom’s hospital bag - 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 moms-to-be to get on with. Partly because they usually have 100 other things to organize 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 moms-to-be feel!

So, why not help out by offering to pack it for her? We’ve got a hospital bag checklist for mom 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.

Now that you've sorted your hospital bag checklist for dad, why don't you discover some more articles and advice on the exciting journey of parenthood the WaterWipes Parenting Hub below:

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