We did several things with our son to help him prepare to be a older sibling, but my absolute favorite was the big sibling gift he got when baby was born. The idea that older siblings can get a special gift on the day their new baby brother or sister is born is not a new one, but we decided to take the idea and add our own unique twist!
We got him a build a bear. And not just any bear, one with my voice pre-recorded in it saying “I love you” to him. I hid the bear in our house and told my MIL where to find it, so that she could give it to him while I was in the hospital having his sister. He was used to having me with him 24/7 so it was a huge comfort to him, to be able to hear my voice telling him “I love you” even though I wasn’t home for a few days.
My MIL said that after he got the bear he pushed the button for an hour straight and just grinned. His baby sister is now a year old, and I still sometimes hear him pushing the button and listening to my voice as he goes to sleep. Precious memories of a very special day for our family. You can read all about our build-a-bear experience here. It only cost us $20 for the bear and recording!
His baby sister is now a year old, and I still sometimes hear him pushing the button and listening to my voice as he goes to sleep.
Did you do gifts for the older siblings when the new baby was born? What types of things did you use for gifts?
Click the image below if you are looking for ways to help the older sibling adjust after baby is born. I shared a whole list of things that helped our son with the adjustment after we brought his baby sister home!