What You Need To Bring

“I thought I would be in lots of pictures so I wore dress shoes. I made the mistake of complaining about the pain
– ha, I’m not living that down.”
- New Dad

What You Need To Bring

“I thought I would be in lots of pictures so I wore dress shoes. I made the mistake of complaining about the pain
– ha, I’m not living that down.”
- New Dad

What You Need To Bring

Dad’s List 

  • Childbirth Cornerman’s Guide. pdf | web/responsive
  • Document folder—insurance cards, birth plan, admission forms, etc.
  • Change of comfortable clothes
  • Pajamas and slippers for the overnight stay.  
  • Long-sleeve shirt, hoodie—hospitals can be cold.
  • Board shorts for time in the shower helping your wife.
  • Toiletries: toothbrush, razor, shampoo, deodorant.
  • Comfortable shoes—you may do a lot of walking.
  • Food and drinks in a small cooler.
  • Energy drinks, trail mix.
  • Pen and pad of paper.
  • Insurance/hospital forms, your ID. 
  • Cell phone, charger, and earphones.
  • Laptop computer.
  • External USB power bank.
  • Power strip with an extension cord.
  • Bluetooth speaker/player with her favorite music.
  • Camera with a memory card, charged battery.
  • Address book/phone numbers to announce the birth.
  • Book, magazines, games, cards—it can be a marathon.
  • Headache medication (most hospitals won’t provide it).
  • Your pillow and a blanket.
  • Nice, soft toilet paper.
  • Optional: a small air mattress so you can sleep at night.

 For Mom 

  • Nightgown, robe, slippers, socks (bring extra).
  • Toiletries and makeup (hair bands/chapstick).
  • Her pillow.
  • Change of clothes and going home outfit.
  • Pain-easing aids: tennis ball, massager, lotion, etc.
  • Hard candies, snacks for after the birth. 
  • Book, magazines.
  • Cell phone, (iPad/laptop) chargers and earphones.
  • Her favorite food and beverage
  • ID cards.

For Your Baby

  • Outfit for going home.
  • Hat and booties to stay warm.
  • 2 blankets for swaddling, etc.
  • Installed car seat.

“A handheld, battery-powered electric fan with foam blades might as well have been duct taped to my left hand during my wife's labor. Keeping a nice even stream of fresh air was key to helping her feel as comfortable as possible. That was really the only thing that was helpful throughout the entire process.” - Veteran Dad

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