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One of the many jobs you'll have as the expectant dad is having everything ready to go for the big day (or night). To make the hospital stay go easier and more comfortably, you're going to need a dad bag. A dad bag is like your survival kit, it contains all the things you need to successfully get through the labor and delivery process. To help you out, we asked our veteran dads to tell us the best things to pack and when.
Start packing the dad bag around week 30. It may seem like delivery day is still a long way out, but with all the other things that have to be done before baby's arrival day, time will fly faster than you think. Plus, if there are any surprises, having the basics in your bag will reduce a lot of stress. By weeks 34-36 you should have almost everything you need already in the bag. By week 39 your dad bag should be fully packed, and good to go.
Full details of things you'll most likely want to pack are below. We've also provided a quick checklist for you to download so you can check off the basics as you gather them.
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This is a list of all the essentials. But there are other things you may want to pack as well ... so read on!
While the hospital may have plenty of food and drink items, you really won’t have a lot of time so it’s best to have what you need right by your side, so you can be by right by your partner’s side. Plus, you’ll need to keep your energy up as you support your partner through the labor process.
If you’re planning on capturing the moment, be prepared.