Dad’s Guide to Packing Hospital Bag for the Birth of Your Baby

Dad Making a List of Items  to Take to Hospital Dad if you plan on staying at the hospital after your baby is born, you will need to pack a bag for your stay so that you don’t have to run back and forth from the hospital.  Of course, if you forget anything you have the luxury of going back home and grabbing items that you forgot (including items that your wife or significant other might have forgotten).  The laboring process is usually slow so dad make sure that you have something to do while you wait, if not you will find out quickly how boring it is to sit in a room at the hospital.

Disclosure:  This post is for informational purposes only and I have shared a general list of items that most dad’s take to the hospital.

In fact, dad you should begin packing a bag around 30 to 32 weeks of your spouse’s or significant other’s pregnancy so that you are prepared in case she goes into labor and you need to race her to the hospital, especially during the middle of the night.  The last thing you want to be doing while she is in labor is running around the house collecting items to put into your hospital bag.  You are also more likely to forget something when you are rushed and are focused on the baby’s impending birth.

Continue Reading: Things Dad Might Need While At the Hospital


12 responses to “Dad’s Guide to Packing Hospital Bag for the Birth of Your Baby”

  1. Susan Avatar

    I don’t think I’ve ever read a post about the dad’s hospital bag before!! My husband came with the shirt on his back. The rest was alllll mine. 🙂 😉

    1. Christy Avatar

      My husband didn’t pre-pack his bag until the day of my c-section. He figured he would just run back and forth from the hospital, which he did anyhow.

    2. Christy Avatar

      Susan most dad’s don’t think ahead and live in the moment. If I had to labor for hours, I know that my husband would have been bored if he didn’t have something to do to help pass the time.

  2. Roz K. Walker Avatar

    What a great idea. This is good information for dads!

    1. Christy Avatar

      Thank you Roz, dad’s need entertainment, especially, if labor is long.

  3. rhonda Avatar

    Wonderful article. Poor dads sometimes need a great deal more direction and attention at such a crazy time in their lives. While mom is preparing, dad should as well! Great tips – will keep the already stressful time a bit less flustering. Wow. Brings back so many memories.

  4. Lexie Lane Avatar

    This is definitely a great way for dads to get involved. My husband hates being told what to do so I always have to be creative. Next time ….

    1. Christy Avatar

      Most men don’t like being told what to do; however, you can remind them how boring a hospital can be if labor drags on for several hours.

  5. Sharon Green Avatar

    Very good idea! We always went to the hospital with just 1 bag for me but thank God we weren’t there too long before our babies were born.

    1. Christy Avatar

      I always remember packing my bag and something for the baby. Dad’s have a bit more freedom than we do but never know when you might need a change of clothes during the labor process if you know what I mean. 🙂

  6. Laura Avatar

    That is a long list. When my girls were born (23 & 17 years ago), I don’t think their dad packed a bag. But this is good info for dad’s to be.

  7. Theresa Avatar

    Awesome idea to pack early. Insurance cards are definitely a must. Of course, what some new dads might not realize is that labor can last soo long, that there could be plenty of time to throw a couple items in a bag. My hubby definitely packed in about 5 minutes. He didn’t want to bring much. 🙂