Preparing for Your Partner’s Pregnancy: A Dad’s Guide

By Alex Hemmings, Contributor @ Kids In Perth 13 Jan 2023

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Becoming a father is an exciting and life-changing experience, but it can also be a bit overwhelming, especially when it comes to preparing for your partner's pregnancy.

There are a lot of things to consider and purchase in preparation for the arrival of your little one, and it can be difficult to know where to start. To help you navigate this exciting but sometimes overwhelming time, we've put together a top 10 list of the most important items new fathers should have on their baby shopping list.


Pregnancy Shopping List:

#1 Car Seat: This is perhaps the most important item you'll need to purchase, as it's required by law to have a car seat before you can bring your baby home from the hospital. Make sure to do your research and purchase a car seat that meets all safety standards and is appropriate for your baby's age and weight.

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#2. Compression pants

Compression pants can be worn as a part of the postpartum recovery routine of your partner. Benefits of compression pants include providing support to the abdominal and pelvic area, as well as, helping to alleviate pain and discomfort caused by pregnancy and childbirth. 


#3. Stroller 

A stroller is an essential item for new dads as it will be your baby's primary mode of transportation during the first few months. Look for a stroller that is easy to maneuver and has a comfortable seat for your baby.


#4. Baby Carrier 

A baby carrier can be a lifesaver for new dads, as it allows you to keep your baby close while still having your hands free to do other things. Look for a carrier that is comfortable for both you and your baby and has a secure fit.


#5. Diapers and wipes 

Diapers and wipes are an ongoing expense, but you'll need to have a good supply on hand in the early days. Consider purchasing a bulk supply or subscribing to a delivery service to save yourself a trip to the store.


#6. Baby Monitor 

A baby monitor is a great way to keep an eye on your baby while they're sleeping, especially during the first few months when you'll likely be doing a lot of nighttime feedings. Look for a monitor with a clear picture and sound quality.


#7. Breast Pump 

If your partner plans to breastfeed, a breast pump is a must-have item. Look for a pump that is easy to use and clean and that comes with a variety of flange sizes to ensure a good fit.


#8. Changing Table 

A changing table is a great way to keep all of your baby's essentials organized and in one place. Look for a table that is sturdy and has plenty of storage space.


#9. Rocking Chair or Glider 

A rocking chair or glider is a great place for you and your partner to relax and bond with your baby. Look for a chair that is comfortable and has a smooth rocking motion.


#10. Diaper Bag 

A diaper bag is an essential item for dads on the go. Look for a bag that is spacious, easy to clean and has multiple compartments to keep everything organized.


#11. Clothes and blankets 

Of course, you'll need a variety of clothes and blankets to keep your baby warm and comfortable. Look for clothes that are made of soft, breathable materials and that have easy-to-use snaps or zippers.


#12. Compression pants 

Compression pants can be worn as a part of the postpartum recovery routine of your partner. Benefits of compression pants include providing support to the abdominal and pelvic area, as well as, helping to alleviate pain and discomfort caused by pregnancy and childbirth. 


Preparing for your partner's pregnancy can be a daunting task, but with a little bit of planning and preparation, it can be a stress-free and enjoyable experience.

This shopping list of must-have items for new dads should help you navigate the baby shopping process and ensure that you and your partner have everything you need to welcome your little one into the world.

Please share with any expecting Dads on social media.

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Top 10 partner support tips


#1. Be an active listener

Pregnancy can be an emotional rollercoaster for women, and it's important to be there to listen to your partner's thoughts and feelings.

#2. Be involved in doctor's appointments

Attend doctor's appointments with your partner, ask questions, and learn about the pregnancy together.

#3. Help with household chores

Pregnancy can be tiring, and your partner may need extra help with housework and errands.

#4. Show physical affection

A simple hug or kiss can go a long way in making your partner feel loved and supported.

#5. Be her advocate

Stand up for your partner when she needs it, whether it's at work or with family.

#6. Take care of yourself

Pregnancy can be stressful for both partners, so make sure you're taking care of yourself physically and emotionally.

#7. Be open to learning

Be open to learning about pregnancy and childbirth, and be willing to read books and articles or attend classes together.

#8. Be prepared for the baby's arrival

Help your partner prepare for the baby's arrival by setting up the nursery, buying baby gear, and creating a birth plan.

#9. Be supportive of her choices

Whether it's natural childbirth or an epidural, be supportive of your partner's choices during labor and delivery.

#10. Be patient

Pregnancy can be a long journey and it's important to be patient and understanding when things don't go as planned.

Any other suggestions? Share in comments.

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