With all this talk of second pregnancies and babies, now seems like a good time to recognize that our newly christened big brothers and sisters might need a little special treat. After scouring the internet for all the best gift ideas out there, here are my very favorite big-brother and big-sister gifts.
1. Recordable storybook
While mom and dad are away at the hospital, what better way to help your first child feel connected than by reading him or her a story?
2. Disposable camera and photo album
I love the idea of letting the big kid get in on the excitement of welcoming a new baby by snapping their own photos and then placing them in their very own big brother/sister album!
3. Activity book
From what I’ve heard, being a new big brother/sister involves a lot of “being patient” while the grown-ups tend to the baby. That means the older child will need something super amazing to entertain them. What came to mind for me was a book called My Pretty Pink Sticker Activity Purse, which kept A occupied during an EIGHT hour delay at the airport during the holidays. Over five hundred stickers? Yes, please!
4. Fort-building kit or tent
Don’t all kids need a space of their own, especially when a little person comes into their home and crashes the party? I think forts and tents would appeal to any big brother/sister as they try to get a little time away from the baby
I especially love this homemade fort-building kit idea from Elle Belle Creative that suggests…
Fabric shower curtains
A package of suction cup hooks
Small bungee cords
A flash light
A package of plastic clips
If you’re not feeling the DIY element, or your big kid isn’t quite ready for building his/her own fort, these pop-up tents would certainly do the trick!
5. Mini diaper bag and baby carrier
What better way to interest an older sibling in the ins and outs of baby care than by offering them their very own diaper bag, stocked with a coordinating changing pad, “quilt,” three diapers, a wipes case, and a reversible bib?
And these mini baby carriers are to die for!
6. On the Day I Was Born book
One of my absolute favorite ideas that I came across on another mom blog was a guest post on The Creative Mama’s site by Stacey Worthington, who created On the Day I Was Born books for her boys. Their big brother gifts were photo books that tell the story of their parents falling in love and their birth, all leading up to their becoming big brothers.
If this is something that appeals to you, you can head over to Stacey’s blog at Life as You Live It, where she actually sells the Photoshop template for this book, or you can select the option to have Stacey design a book with your pictures. Pretty awesome!
Before A was born, one of the preparatory gifts my husband received was a pair of Daddy Scrubs to wear at the hospital. We got such a kick out of them that it seems appropriate to highlight the big brother/sister version.
8. Matching big sibling/little sibling tees and onesies
All big brothers and sisters can use a little recognition of their new title, and what better way to announce it than with a brand new tee shirt? The coolest part is that you can get baby a matching onesie in the same pattern from sites like petite lemon!
Looking for a long-lasting memento of the time when your first welcomed their baby brother or sister? How about a piece of jewelry for each child, to symbolize their new relationship? Although most of your options are geared toward girls, I did still come across a few pieces for boys on Etsy that are definitely guy-approved.
10. Personalized books
If you don’t have the resources to create your own On the Day I Was Born book (i.e. Photoshop or $125 for Stacey to do it for you, or maybe you don’t have all the photos because you’re purchasing for a friend), you might consider another personalized option:
Have you ever given or received another great big brother/sister gift? Let us know!