Are you all set for the big day? Your baby might arrive earlier than expected, so it’s worth having your baby hospital bag organized and packed during month eight of your pregnancy − just in case.

This checklist will help you prepare everything you’ll need for mom, dad/birth partner and your new baby. Perhaps pack your bags together so you can double-check that you’ll each have everything you might need. Once all the bags are packed, keep them handy, either in the car or near the door, so you'll be ready to go at a moment's notice. 

As a dad/birth partner your time in the hospital is supporting mom. 

After an uncomplicated vaginal delivery, you'll likely stay in the hospital for 24 to 48 hours. You'll need to rest and wait for any anesthesia to wear off. And your healthcare provider will want to monitor you and your baby for the first day or so to make sure no problems develop. The average stay in hospital after a caesarean is around 3 or 4 days.


  1. Bonpoint, Diaper Bag

  2. Sweetie, BPA-Free Natural Rubber Pacifier, 0-6 Months & Braided Pacifier Clip

  3. Stokke®, PIPA™ Car Seat by Nuna® and Base (If you’re driving home, this is non-negotiable—they won’t let you take your baby home from the hospital without a car seat, and it should be already installed.)

  4. Stokke®, Trailz™ Terrain Stroller

  5. Going Home Outfit, Newborn (Pack two different cozy outfits in different sizes because you don’t know how big or small your baby will be! I suggest size: Newborn and 0-3M)

  6. Bayiri, Sierra Nevada Beanie

  7. Gerber, Wiggle Proof Socks - Newborn

  8. Bonpoint, Baby Socks Box - Newborn

  9. Woolf With Me®, Receiving Blankets

  10. Boppy, Nursing Pillow + Woolf With Me® Cover