David Nail told the story of the song to Radio.com
"'Babies' was born about three months after my kids were born," he explained. "I just went out for breakfast one morning. The night before, I'd kind of reflected some, and got maybe slightly emotional. I went out for breakfast by myself. I wanted some time away to think about some things, and I texted a good friend of mine, Scooter Carusoe, who I co-wrote the song with, and Lee Miller. And I said, 'Hey, I think I'm finally ready to write a song about my kids.'"
Carusoe had already anticipated this. "He wrote back immediately and said, 'I've already started on it.' It just took my breath away," said Nail. "Not because I was excited, but because I was afraid. I had not talked to him about anything about the song, what I wanted to say, the direction I wanted to go. It kind of scared me that he had already started. And so, we agreed to meet the next day, and we sat down and he had literally already crafted the first verse. It was just a matter of completing the story."
"Lee came in," he continued. "It was really important for me to write the song with those two people, because more so than anyone else in town, they know my story and what we've been through, and have kind of been through some of the same issues themselves, so it was important to have them in the room."
"It was a very simple song, and there wasn't a whole lot of rocket science to it," Nail concluded. "It's pretty much, word for word, our story. It's obviously a gift from God - just like my kids were."