Preparing your Kids for the Newest Addition
I didn’t think I would be very on top of things when it came to preparing for my third baby. What I have learned from being a Mom of two toddlers is that preparation is not only extremely helpful it is NECESSARY to your mental survival.
Packing my hospital bag for baby number three came pretty naturally to me, but I still felt like I was forgetting something. Then it hit me! Day in and day out I am never just taking care of myself. I already have two little humans who depend on me to get them through life. So I decided to make them ‘big sib hospital bags.’
Just to make it fun I had my kids, Jonah (3 years) and Amelia (2 years), help to pack their own backpacks. This got them even more excited for the new baby to arrive because they know the backpacks don’t get used until he decides to come.
What’s in the Big Sib Bag:
- Coloring books and stickers for visiting at the hospital or to help the grandparents keep them entertained
- Books promoting good big sibling behavior
- Big Brother/Big Sister shirts to wear to the hospital
- Baby gift for new brother they personally picked out
- Favorite on-the-go snack
These bags can of course be tweaked a bit or added to in case the kids need to be dropped off with a sitter when you go into labor. Fingers crossed my little one will stay put until the grandparents fly into town.
Parker Baby Co. Newborn Favorites
100% Organic Cotton Burp Cloths
For all the spills, thrills and spit up 😉You're going to want these every where in the early days. Super soft, absorbent, and easy on that sweet, delicate newborn baby skin.
The Birch Bag
The Birch Bag has become a very popular hospital bag for new parents. With lots of compartments and plenty of room, it's perfect for all the new baby essentials.
Car Seat and Nursing Cover
Our Multi-Use Cover is lightweight and breathable, but still protects your little one from any weather or sunlight on the way home.
Muslin Cotton Washcloths
Muslin Cotton is natural and gets even softer with each wash making it perfect for early days home with baby (because you do laundry... a lot).
Muslin Cotton Swaddling Blankets
Your baby is used to be snuggled up in your womb, so swaddling baby is the easiest way to keep the secure and comforted once they arrive.