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Pre-Pack The Car For Your Most Important Drive—To The Hospital

Driving your partner to the hospital to deliver your baby is one of the most exciting and stressful trips you’ll ever make. How can you be sure you don’t forget things, but also still feel free to focus on the main event?

Pre-pack the trunk a month before the delivery date. “That way you can really be in the moment when your baby decides it’s time,” says Janet Ozzard, executive editor of BabyCenter.

Packing in advance will also let you work calmly from a checklist of things that Mom will really use, says Samantha Huggins, CD, CBC, a certified birth doula, or childbirth assistant, and lactation counselor. “There’s usually a short list of stuff that Mom and her doctor, or midwife, know up front that she should bring,” Huggins says. Here’s some of what Huggins recommends her clients have with them on the big day.

Now that the car is ready for your baby’s homecoming ride, review our tips for baby-proofing around your home to make sure all hazards are covered.

By Bao Ong