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Packing My Hospital Bag for Labor and Delivery

Joel Gratcyk (Daddy's Grounded)

Joel Gratcyk is a social media strategist, father, husband, perpetual student and caffeine junkie. He misses sleeping, but loves being a parent more.

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7 Responses

  1. Dorothy B says:

    Joel, Honey, I realize you’re new to this and all, but you’re not moving into the hospital for weeks! Lol! You have enough gum to choke a village! You do NOT need to bring diapers, wipes, or blankets. (Ok, depending on the weather, maybe ONE blanket to cover the carseat, unless you have a carseat cover.) They will send you home w/ tons of that stuff! Unless you are walking somewhere after release (which I highly doubt Abigail will be up to going shopping), you will not need the sling, neither. Hospitals are required to wheel you out so you can’t hurt yourself. Wesley doesn’t need a bag. He only need the baby book (for his foot print), an outfit, and a carseat. Book & outfit can go in Mom’s bag. Everything else is provided – in abundance!! (Not sure why the trash bags & bowl are on the list for the car. I’m almost afraid to ask. Almost…) Good Luck! You will be just fine. Just remember to BREATH!!!

    • Joel says:

      I’m picking up honey straws and red raspberry leaf tea on the way home from work today. I do realize I’m “over preparing” but the items I don’t need can just wait in the car until / if I do. Some of the car stuff is more a “worst case senario” type of thing… there are lots of sitcoms/stories online about women not getting to the hospital in time, ruining car seats, etc.

  2. Beth says:

    I read your wife’s blog and hopped over from her’s and started reading. We had a baby last summer and my husband was always cold in the hospital room. He wished he’d had a blanket and extra pillow because I took the one he brought! I might even reccomdend clean pillow cases because mine got a little messy during labor and delivery and I was stuck with a not soft hospital pillow case the rest of my stay.

    The hospital will provide everything you need for baby as far as diapers and wipes and care. All we took was a coming home outfit and the car seat for the baby.

    Good luck!

  3. Oh man – I hadnt even considered packing a hospital bag! My wife sure, but I didnt know I needed one too! I better buy a bloody bag first! Loving the blog by the way…

  4. Ok, so in search of some tips on what to pack for my “daddy go bag” for the hospital I ran across your blog. I see some of the standard items I was planning but I just really want to know one thing. What are the tennis balls for? Is it for stress relief? My curiosity is peaked. Thanks for taking blog by the way.

  5. loo says:

    Tennis balls are for counter pressure during labor. Some women like to have pressure on the low back during contractions.

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