Nowadays it has become common for dads to accompany their partner in the labour room to provide any support needed. However, there are a few items which should be included by dads when packing hospital bags for labour:
- Spare clothes: There is no credible estimate as to how long you might have to wait in the delivery ward. So make sure you have some spare clothes packed along with your toothbrush so you can freshen up if needed. Although you won’t find a chance to get a proper shower, changing in to new clothes can help give you a cleaner look.
- Electronics: Don’t forget to pack your phones and the chargers too. If you plan on bringing a camera along, make sure you check with the hospital first to know their policy about electronics in the labor room. Double check if you have packed an extra set of batteries for the camera or have packed its charging cable.
- Massage oils and tools: A lot of women prefer to use natural massage oils for pain relief instead of chemical pain killers during child birth. Pick up some therapeutic massage oils beforehand and if possible also pack a massage tool. Since labour can last for long durations, your hands are bound to get tired and having a backup is a brilliant idea.
These were some of the most helpful things that your hospital labour bag must have but always check with your partner to know about any specific needs she may have.