Hospitals hand out pamphlets of what mamas-to-be should bring — a nightgown, toothbrush and birthing ball for labor, but what about our better halves?

Are the men who spend their stays on the too-small converter couches destined to bad breath and twice worn socks?

While packing your own items, remind your partner to stuff a few necessities into a duffel bag since hospital stays can last three days (and sometimes longer). And, most likely guests will be coming to greet your babe.

To see some suggestions,


  • camera or camcorder
  • toothbrush and toiletries
  • cash (for vending machines and for parking garage)
  • a change of clothes
  • an extra pillow or blanket
  • books and magazines
  • snacks
  • small bills and change for vending machines
  • list of phone numbers to call to announce baby has arrived

Do you have anything to add to the list?