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Packing For Delivery: Sibling Bag

Break out the luggage!

If your family is about to welcome a new addition to your existing party of three, four, or more, make sure you pack bags for the impending babe's siblings.

Getting your wee ones prepared for "labor day" is just as important as having your duffel hospital-ready. And things will run much smoother when you are hustling out the door.

In addition to providing the caregiver with the bag, include things that will make the sitter's life easier — especially if he or she doesn't have children! To see what you should include,


  • Tot's schedule
  • Emergency information and note of medical consent
  • List of allergies, likes, and dislikes
  • Clothing
  • Any special toiletries your child uses
  • Toothbrush/kid-friendly toothpaste, mouthwash, etc.
  • Special hospital outfit — perfect for photo opts with the new babe!
  • Present to bring baby when visiting the hospital
  • Art supplies
  • Toys
  • Sleeping bag, blanket or favorite stuffed animal
  • Snacks, special foods and beverages
  • Gift for caretaker

Do you have anything to add to the list?

Join The Conversation
busybeegal busybeegal 9 years
What a great idea - I am due in 4 weeks and have 2 little ones already... time to get cracking on packing!
anniekim anniekim 9 years
This is a great idea. I hadn't thought of this at all. I am packing a older sib bag this week!
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
I'd say slip in a special note, present, or card from Mommy and Daddy since so many people (and the parents) are likely to be fawning over the new baby. Don't let the older kid feel left out... make sure they feel and know they are special.
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