1. Comfortable Clothing:
Having comfortable clothing is a must for dads to make sure they are prepared for the big day. Some items of clothing that might be helpful are: a pair of sweatpants and a comfortable t-shirt, some socks, and tennis shoes to keep dad’s feet warm while walking around the hospital. It is also important to bring multiple options of clothing in case there are any spills or accidents.
2. Cell Phone Charger and Extra Battery:
It is important for dads to make sure their cell phones are fully charged, especially on the big day. Bringing an extra battery or a portable charger might be helpful just in case dad’s phone starts running low on juice during the hospital stay. This way, he won’t miss any important calls from family members or pictures and videos of his new baby!
Bringing toiletries such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, lip balm, body wash/soap, shampoo/conditioner can come in handy while staying at the hospital. These items will help keep dad feeling fresh and ready to take on the day.
4. Slippers and Comfortable Shoes:
Having a pair of slippers and comfortable shoes are essential when it comes to hospital stays. It is important for dads to be prepared to walk around the hospital and having the right footwear can help make that happen with ease.
It is always nice to have snacks on hand while at the hospital, especially if dad has to stay overnight or longer than expected. Bringing something nutritious but also tasty will help satisfy dad’s hunger during his time in the hospital.
6. Cash or Credit Cards for Parking/Food:
Depending on where the hospital is located, there may be fees associated with parking or purchasing food from the cafeteria. It is important to have cash or credit cards on hand just in case dad needs it while at the hospital.
7. Blankets or Sleeping Bags for Overnight Stays:
If dad has to stay overnight, having a blanket or even a sleeping bag can help make his time more comfortable. Having something cozy and warm will help him get a good night’s rest before the big day arrives!
8. Paperwork/Insurance Cards:
Bringing any necessary paperwork such as insurance cards, birth certificates, etc., might come in handy depending on what kind of paperwork the hospital requires from parents prior to check-in. Having all of these items ready will ensure that everything runs smoothly when it’s time to check-in.
9. Nursery Items Such as a Car Seat, Diapers, Bottles Etc. (Optional):
Depending on the hospital, having nursery items ready can be helpful if dad needs to take his baby home right away or if he wants to keep them prepared beforehand. Things like car seats, diapers, and bottles can come in handy when it’s time for the baby to go home.
10. List of Emergency Contacts if Needed:
Having a list of emergency contacts such as close family members or friends is always a good idea in case dad ever needs help during his stay at the hospital. Having this information written down and ready will give him peace of mind that someone will be there to help in case an emergency arises.