Check out how your TBG bag can pull double duty in the maternity ward.
The day is quickly arriving, circled on the calendar for the last few months: the due date. As you prepare yourself for an extended stay in the maternity ward you're probably asking yourself. What should I pack in my hospital bag?
What are the must haves, should haves and little luxuries that will help you get through labor?
Paperwork: It’s a small thing, but it’s important to have all necessary documents on hand the second you get to the hospital. You’d think by now the hospital would have your ID on file along with your insurance information and medical history. But try telling that to the night shift nurses when they’re getting ready for shift change. Every second counts between leaving the car and getting the mom-to-be into a hospital bed; don’t waste them tracking down records.
Entertainment: The only thing worse than hospital Wi-Fi is hospital cable reception. If you’re going to stay entertained, you’re going to need to bring in something from the outside. Yeah, you’re probably going to be keeping pretty busy being an attentive dad-to-be, but an extended labor offers plenty of downtime. A tablet, a book, a Nintendo Switch so you can teach your newborn child how to dominate at Smash Bros., whatever you need.
Food: OK, there is something else worse than hospital Wi-Fi: hospital food. And what’s more, there’s really only going to be three square meals for the mom-to-be. As the birth partner, you’re on your own. There’s usually some small kitchenette on the maternity ward, but if you’re looking for more than stale saltines you’ll want to pack your own. Word to the wise: keep it odorless. There will come a point where the mom-to-be will be limited to ice chips. If you roll in there with a freshly-microwaved burrito, your safety cannot be assured. In fact, no matter what you bring it’s probably best if you eat discretely.
Luxuries: To put it lightly, labor is not at all fun for the mom-to-be. A few creature comforts from home will score you serious points. Grab her favorite robe and her slippers, since hospital gowns aren’t exactly known for comfort, and your average maternity ward is like a meat locker. Bring along some lotion, run the bottle under hot water for a little bit, and give her a warm rubdown and she’ll be bragging to all her girlfriends about how great you were during the labor.
The Little Things: By this we mean the physically little things that always end up forgotten. Toothpaste, toothbrush, glasses, contacts, phone chargers, etc. Both hers and yours. She’s already pushing out a baby, she doesn’t need to deal with your morning breath.
For the baby: Beyond what you’re bringing for yourself and her, it’s important to remember you’ll be leaving with another family member. Bring along your TBG Deuce 2.0 Tactical Diaper Bag and load it up with the essentials for your newborn. Depending on where you’re having the baby, they’ll most likely provide you with a blanket. Some places will even comp you diapers, booties and a knit cap. Call ahead to see what you need to bring, and pack whatever they won’t give you. Don’t forget the coming home outfit, plus a full load out of wipes, diapers, butt paste and a pacifier.
You’ll also want to make sure you bring along a car seat. Yes, this is an item people actually forget.