Very timely article on DaddyTypes regarding what dads should bring to the hospital.
Things we are bringing:
Singles (dolla bills yalls): For the vending machines at the hospital.
Books (for both): Labor can be boring. Get your read on. Magazines for the missus.
Single serving snacks (combo pack): I just today bought a Keebler set that has Rainbow Chip cookies, Cheez-its and Fudge Stripe cookies. Also bringing, Ritz Bits, Gatorade, Cheetos and Fritos: Only orange foods.
Laptop: Live birth blogging anyone? Uh no…not really.
Camera (and battery charger): Photos after, not during.
Body Pillow: The foundation of the Pillow Palace.
Swimsuit (for Dad): The wife may feel the need to take a shower, or be in a birthing tub. None of the nurses want to see your wang, Tiny. Bring a swimsuit.
Tennis balls (for backrubs): Jury is still out on this one.
Christmas lights (for the delivery room): Sorta ghey, but might be a nice cozy touch.
Slippers (for her): My BabyMama doesn’t own slippers, so we’re bringing plenty of socks.
Breath Mints (for the birth partner): I can hear it now — “YOUR BREATH STINKS!!! GET AWAY FROM ME!!! YOU DID THIS TO ME!!!“
Program the phone number for your pharmacy into your phone: So when you need to get a prescription filled, you can maybe call it in and pick it up on the way home.
Sweatshirt (for Dad): Apparently pregnant women are warmer than everyone else, thus requiring the room to be colder than you’d like. Bundle up, Nanook.
What else? Any Advice from those who have been there?