Your wife is pregnant and her due date is lurking ever closer. With swollen ankles, a stiff back, and a stomach she can no longer see past, there’s a good chance that your wife isn’t keen on packing a bag of everything she’ll need when the baby is born. As her husband, packing her day-of delivery bag is a nice gesture you can do during her last trimester to show that you understand how tired she is.
Of course, if you’re going to be the one to pack that day-of delivery bag, you’ll want to be sure that you have everything she’ll need in that delivery room. It’s better to pack too much than to forget an essential. For your convenience, here is a list of the most important items to remember in her day-of delivery bag.
Photogenic Clothes for the Baby
You and your wife are likely to want to take some pictures of your new baby, both for posterity’s sake and to post on social media to let everyone know that you’re all in one piece. Ask your wife if she has any preferences as to which baby clothes to pack. If not, pick some of the best-looking baby clothes you can find, and make sure you grab a few different sizes. Some babies are born barely filling out Preemie clothes while others are born already wearing clothes for a 3-month-old, so you’ll want to be sure you’re ready in either case.
Comfortable Clothes for Mom
Giving birth is not a comfortable process, which means that when she’s done, she’s going to want some of the most comfortable clothes on her body. This is not a time to pull out her cute lingerie. Instead, pack sweatpants, a baggy t-shirt (or one of your shirts), and a hoodie. Make sure to include some fuzzy socks, some underwear, and a nursing bra.
Ties to Society
Your wife will likely remember to bring her own cell phone. What she may not remember is her cell phone charger. Pack a spare in her day-of bag ahead of time. It will save you from having to leave the hospital to pick one up to tide her over during her hospital stay.
Some women also like to listen to music while in the labor and delivery room or watch movies. If you have a portable DVD player, consider packing that with a few movie options, and maybe bring a set of computer speakers you can plug into her phone so she can listen to music if she wants to.
Personal Care Items
The hospital will have whatever basics you need during your stay, including diapers for the baby, formula if you need it, and a lactation consultant if your wife is choosing to breastfeed. What they won’t have is your wife’s favorite toothpaste, the one brand of deodorant she doesn’t hate the smell of, or the lanolin cream she carefully picked out. Pay attention to her personal hygiene routine and make sure you have her essentials packed. Then go through the items you got from the baby shower and add any funky looking creams you’re not entirely sure the need for. Chances are, at least one of those funky creams will be her saving grace in the hospital.
Of course, when packing anything liquid, you’ll want to be sure it’s separated from everything else. Stick these personal care items in a toiletry bag to ensure that if they leak in transit, they don’t get all over those adorable new onesies.
A Push Present
Push presents are a somewhat new trend, and if you haven’t heard of them yet, here’s your moment. Essentially, a push present is a present a spouse gives their wife to spoil them after the pain and fatigue of carrying a child for nine months and then going through delivery.
Of course, the biggest prize in childbirth is your new baby, but giving your wife a push present is a nice way of acknowledging your gratitude to her for bringing your miracle into the world. The present can be as large or small as fits within your budget. More important is bringing a bit of sentimentality to the occasion. Get the present early, wrap it nicely, and tuck it into the delivery bag to give on the big day (or shortly thereafter, after she’s had some time to sleep).