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daddy hospital survival pack - ideas anyone ?

(36 Posts)
Jemima1988 Thu 28-Aug-14 20:23:11

I am planning on making a surprise survival hamper for my boyfriend for when I go into labour ........... I'm wanting funny bits and some essentials and maybe a few little gifts

Any ideas?

Inbl00m Thu 28-Aug-14 20:36:01

Aw such a nice idea, will be watching this for inspiration!

First and foremost I'm thinking takeaway pizza leafletswink

notadoctor Thu 28-Aug-14 20:42:02

That's a sweet idea! Do you mean for when you're actually in hospital? My DH appreciated snacks - he got through several packets of peanuts etc. I'm sure there must be some Daddy themed branded snacks you could buy...? Also stuff to keep him occupied (and quiet if you want to just get into the zone!) - magazines etc.

deplorabelle Thu 28-Aug-14 20:45:58

Cricket box

TheBogQueen Thu 28-Aug-14 20:47:12

Bottle of jack Daniels

Jemima1988 Thu 28-Aug-14 21:15:55

so far he has a book how to survive the first year daddy book some snacks iPhone app vouchers to buy films for the IPad for the boring bits but it's looking a bit empty ha x

PenguinsIsSleepDeprived Thu 28-Aug-14 21:17:22

Some clean clothes for if you puke or spray him with other bodily fluids!

SweetPeaPods Thu 28-Aug-14 21:20:39

Something to drink
Something to eat
Change of clothes
Mini deodorant, toothpaste, face wipes etc.

Nightfall1983 Thu 28-Aug-14 21:22:40

Eye mask & ear plugs so he can catch a few zzz's during the waiting bits?

Blueuggboots Thu 28-Aug-14 21:23:42

My exH ended up sleeping on a beanbag before it really kicked off, so what about a little pillow?

houseofstark Thu 28-Aug-14 21:32:55

Definitely snacks. When DS was born, I think DH took more food into hospital than I did!

ohthegoats Thu 28-Aug-14 22:54:53

You're far kinder than me. This is the time he gets to suffer frankly!

salonmeblowy Thu 28-Aug-14 23:24:57

I am with the goats on this one. This is the time DH gets to properly focus his mind on what I need. I'd hate to distract him with his favourite snacks/music.

ithoughtofitfirst Thu 28-Aug-14 23:26:05

One if the few memories i have of my labour was DH saying "would anyone mind if I go get something to eat? I've got the shakes"

Eat? EAT? How dare you eat?!

What a bastard.

salonmeblowy Thu 28-Aug-14 23:36:52

First, you are a woman after my own heart. During my first induced four day labour (it sounds a lot worse than it actually was), DH had the good sense to never let me witness him eat. He did feed me between contractions though, bless him, for days. That is why I need him focused this time too, not rummaging around in a thoughtfully pre-packed personalised goody bag.

OP, I really admire your kindness, I mean it.

Bellyrub1980 Fri 29-Aug-14 05:44:59

I really like this idea, but will pack it with him rather than as a surprise. I think it may help him prepare mentally for the labour if he knows he's got some stuff in a bag. The one thing I'm definitely going to pack for him is food. He literally cannot function or focus if he's hungry! I'm almost tempted by the takeaway leaflet ideas but slightly concerned he would end up ordering a huge smelly kebab.

Thinking about it.... It will probably be just a bag of snacks, drinks and a spare t shirt.

Brabra Fri 29-Aug-14 05:58:45

ha ha ha! What exactly do you think he will be 'surviving'?

Droflove Fri 29-Aug-14 06:07:36

Gosh, my last labour was 2 days of dh having to leap of of his chair every 3 minutes to rub my back as I roared. He barely had time to eat the snacks we had bought for me the poor fellow.

Droflove Fri 29-Aug-14 06:08:04

I suggest jelly beans however.

Droflove Fri 29-Aug-14 06:09:05

Oh and how about a little pile of coins and cash for vending machines etc.

AppleAndMelon Fri 29-Aug-14 06:24:41

Sorry, I'm with the cynics on this thread! This is your first baby OP, isn't it? Just concentrate on you!

rockstars12 Fri 29-Aug-14 09:01:08

I think this is a really great idea. It's crappy for us, but can be hard on them too and if you have an amazingly supportive dp, will be nice surprise.
Think I might add treats for after though and buy him something nice. Ours will be a scheduled c section for twins who will probably spend time in nicu or sbcu too. My DH deserves some nice things. He has basically been my full time carer during this pregnancy literally doing everything, all I do is shuffle from bed to toilet to sofa and alternate. I feel so sorry for him as he's working full tie ad has been eft to organise everything in their rooms etc. all without a single word of complaint, he's exhausted all the time poor man.

WhyOWhyWouldYou Fri 29-Aug-14 09:42:05

Im also with those saying youll want his attention on you not a film or music.

However it would be good for him to have face wipes, toothbrush & paste, deodrant, full change of clothes incase you projectile vomit on him.

Then some snacks that he can eat without you really noticing. Hell also need a phone charger and camera for after.

TheBogQueen Fri 29-Aug-14 17:55:03

My friends husband took his marking

Bellyrub1980 Fri 29-Aug-14 18:17:34

Why wouldn't you want to notice your DP eating? Because of nausea?

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