When you have a new baby on the way, there’s nothing sweeter than telling their older sibling about it.
When my oldest daughter was two and a half years old. My second baby was born, another little girl. She was so excited to have a little sister, and we talked about her all the time before she arrived.
You as a parent know it is going to be a big change, but I knew that she would embrace her new role as an older sibling because she completely understood what was happening.
She doesn’t remember a time when her little sister wasn’t there. So, looking back now, she probably didn’t understand it, but it really felt like she did at the time.
It’s funny how memories work.
One thing I thought would be really nice, would be to present a cute gift to my oldest from her little baby sister.
I thought it would be a great way to introduce the new baby to her and to really solidify the fact that she was about to be an older sister.
There are so many gifts that you can get for an older sister, but here are a few that I’ve found and love that are super cute.
Which one you get depends on 1. the age of your child. 2. when the new baby is born 3. your child’s likes.
Hopefully you’ll be able to find that special gift from something on this list.
Perfect New Sibling Gifts
1) Big Sister or Big Brother Books
The first gift we bought for our oldest before the baby came were big sister books.
These were a good way to introduce her to the idea of having a baby around, so she could understand what to expect when an infant came to the house for the first time.
She wanted us to read her the big sibling book over and over for many months. Right at bedtime was the perfect opportunity to share this information a little bit at a time in a fun way.
The best part is that it gave me time to cuddle with her.
Here are some of the best books I’ve found on the topic:
2) Big Sister or Big Brother Outfit / T-Shirt
Another cute way that we commemorated the arrival of our newborn was to get our daughter a big sister t-shirt.
She loved it because it made her feel special.
And she was so excited to share the big news of her baby sister’s arrival with everyone we saw.
We actually also let her wear it to visit my parents when we went to visit as a surprise for them to announce the pregnancy.
We showed them her outfit right after we showed them the ultrasound, it was such a cute thing to involve our oldest in the process of revealing our second baby.
It was the best announcement idea! They were so confused at first. I really wish I had a video of it!
3) Big Sister Necklace
This is a great gift idea for children who are a little bit older than mine was when her little sister arrived.
Perhaps starting at 5 or 6 years old would be a great time to consider this option. This necklace could be something she will cherish for a long time to come and may even be something she could give to her own daughter later.
4) Teddy Bear
So far we’ve talked about gifts for big sister but let’s not forget Big Brother gifts also.
I didn’t have experience directly with this because my youngest is my only boy.
Although he asks for a little brother, all the time, lol.
A teddy bear is a great gift for a little boy or a little girl to commemorate a new baby brother or sister.
It’s a great older sibling gift because little kids love teddy bears, and it’s an easy way to bring up the discussion of your upcoming little one in a regular conversation with your oldest child.
I know it might seem silly, but you can’t just bring this kind of information on a little kid, and expect them to absorb it all at once. So any chance you have to talk about the arrival of a new baby will make preparing for your new edition go much smoother.
5) A Note from the Baby Girl or Boy
A low cost yet meaningful gift can be a personal message from the newborn to your older children.
It may seem a little hokey, but they will really love it. And you don’t have to pretend like it’s an actual note from the baby, but you can explain this is probably what they would say, if they could say something.
I think this small gift is actually a sweet gesture, and it’s so much fun to write!
6) A New Toy
Really, a new toy of any kind is great for the older one.
My mom had a great idea to bring a new toy to the hospital because she knew that the baby would be receiving all sorts of toys, and it is very difficult for a little one to understand why someone else is getting tons of gifts when they don’t receive a present as well.
At face value, this may seem like a silly concept because they eventually need to learn how to be gracious, and understand that it’s not always about them but let me tell you this goes a long way to making the first couple of days after birth go a lot better —> so I say do it, if you think it will help!
7) New Baby Doll
This is an especially meaningful gift to get your little one because it represents the actual baby who is going to be coming into the home, they can see what size the baby will be, you can practice holding the baby, and talking to it, and even changing its diaper.
Even though your older child will not be doing those things unless they are much older, they will begin to understand what it’s going to be like for us parents to take care of the baby when he or she arrives.
It’s a great choice if you’re not sure what to get.
I thought this was one of the best big sister gifts of all.
8) Movie About Being an Older Sibling
If your child is allowed screen time, an awesome way to introduce the idea of a baby to them is to watch a movie that about siblings, especially if one of them is a baby.
Small things like this go a long way to helping your oldest understand what is about to happen.
No matter what happens, they will be a little bit shocked by the transition to baby number two, but I think this is a great way to get them ready for it.
How to Prepare Your Child for a New Little Sibling Addition
We got our older daughter several things off this list, and we felt like she was very prepared to meet our newest family member.
And our daughter wore her big sister outfit for many months to come until she outgrew it! It was so cute to see her wearing it next to the baby.
I hope you’re able to find a thoughtful gift in this list for your oldest before your new edition arrives.
Just remember that some of the best options don’t have to cost a lot of money, and sometimes people will ask what they can give as a gift to the older child. Let them do it!
Get the whole family involved if you want. It will mean a lot to everyone.
A second child adds so much to your family, and a little gift from baby to baby sibling is a wonderful idea.
Another little tip is to spend as much quality time as you can with your older child, because you won’t have as much time after birth to do so.
Good luck and congratulations on your little one!
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