After finding out we were expecting our second child, I immediately thought about how it would affect our first son. He’s still too young to fully understand the concept of having a sibling, and I wondered how he would process it. I wanted to do something special for him so I started researching big sibling gift ideas.
He was going to have big shoes to fill and in the midst of it all, I wanted him to feel included and important through it all, beginning with me going into labor. Our labor plan included him staying with his grandparents until the baby arrived.
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The first part of his big sibling gift included a movie bag.
He didn’t know about it until he got to his grandparent’s house, where he would then open it. I wanted it to be a surprise from mommy and daddy and to help keep him content while we were focused on his baby brother’s arrival.
Because he loves Mr. Potato head and the movie, Toy Story, I purchased Toy Story 2. Along with the movie, I included these double chocolate brownie Enjoy Life cookies and Sweet Surf gummy bears; two more of his favorites. And he’d be able to enjoy/share all of it with his cousins.
Originally, I wanted him to open his big sibling gift when he came to the hospital to meet his brother.
But after thinking about it more and more I decided against it. With everything going on I thought it was more important for him to see his brother and get a glimpse that our family now included a baby. I didn’t want him distracted with toys or treats. Instead, I wanted him to be focused on our family. So, I decided to save the rest of his big sibling gift for when we got home from the hospital.
The reason why I thought this might be a little better is that his newborn baby brother was entering into his comfort zone; his house, where it’s only ever just been him, mommy, and daddy. Now, we were going to have to share the space. Opening his gifts at home, I figured, would ease any tension that would arise from seeing the baby in mommy or daddy’s arms in our home.
The first part of his at-home big sibling gift were two Melissa & Doug food kits.
We found these at Toys ‘R Us when they were going out of business so we got them on sale. Amazon has them as well if you’re loving the idea of a Melissa & Doug gift set too. This is the Sandwich Making Set and this is the Pizza Party Kit. My son loves his play kitchen and so I thought it would be the perfect addition to that. It was something that we could play with together or he could do on his own.
The next part of his big sibling gift was a car carpet.
This was on my mind for a while because I knew he’d love it so much, but this was the perfect time to get it for him. The added bonus? The carpet we got for him includes two Paw Patrol cars. That alone would make him ecstatic! Along with that, I knew that it would help keep him content if I needed a few minutes to change the baby’s diaper or to nurse, etc.
The last part of his big sibling gift was a book.
If you’ve read my 5 Must Have Toddler Books Every Child Needs post, then you know we love adding books to our library. The one I purchased is a Berenstain Bears book about them welcoming a new baby. I grabbed it off Amazon. You can find it here if you want to check it out. I thought it would be an extra way for him to see that welcoming his baby brother into our lives/home is a normal thing. Also, that it didn’t mean that we didn’t care about him anymore.
Transition can be tricky.
Every family goes through the change of welcoming a baby to the family differently. Some may think it’s harder when going from 1 to 2 children. Are you wondering how materialistic gifts would help with the change?
I think it’s important to remember that while these are materialistic items there is a bigger meaning behind them. It’s for us, as parents, to show our little one that he is just as important as his brand-new baby brother. It shows him that in the busy-ness of it all we didn’t forget about him, but wanted to show him he is just as special.
His big sibling gift was well-thought out and for a reason; to show him that we took the time to pick things we knew he’d love and enjoy.
Did you worry about how your children would take the transition? Did you do something special for your other child(ren) and put together a big sibling gift? If so, what did you do? I’d love to hear about it and maybe some other ladies can use it as a reference!