23 Gifts to Celebrate Baby’s Big Sister
December 11, 2020
Getting ready to welcome another baby is an exciting time for the whole family and preparing your soon-to-be sister for baby’s arrival is key. Whether your daughter’s old enough to express how she feels about her new role or is too young to fully grasp the news, big sister gifts can get her used to the idea of having a sibling. From dolls that’ll show her how to care for baby and toys that’ll boost sibling bonding to personalized books and matching clothing, the best big sister gifts can help her feel important and involved during the rest of your pregnancy and after baby arrives. Below, find big sister gift ideas your daughter’s sure to love. (Searching for big brother gifts too? Check out our favorites here.)
The best big sister gifts highlight that your love for your firstborn won’t change, even if your family dynamic will. It’s a reassuring message for toddlers that often bears repeating, and this heartwarming personalized book serves as a sweet reminder that the best is yet to come for your daughter and your family.
Buy it: $25, PutMeintheStory.com
Help your daughter express her creative side with a pop-up art studio. This dual-sided easel is perfect for siblings; she can start with the chalkboard, and move over to paint when she gets older and her sibling is ready to join in on the other side.
Buy it: $30, Kohls.com
Known for their soft and stretchy baby wraps, Solly Baby (a previous Best of Baby winner!) makes it one of the top new big sister gifts: a shorter version of their signature wrap. With about one-third of the fabric as the adult version, it’s a great gift for a proud big sister to mimic babywearing.
Buy it: $35, SollyBaby.com
Looking forward to dressing your kids in matching outfits? Start with the first time they’ll meet. This short sleeve tee signals her big sister status in colorful letters, and the matching short sleeve lil sis and lil bro onesies are equally cute.
Buy it: $19, FinnandEmma.com
Show your daughter what goes into caring for a baby by giving her one of her own. One of the best big sister gifts, a soft doll is perfect for toddlers to cuddle and interact with. Stella comes with a magnetic pacifier, removable cloth diaper, and onesie, so your eldest can change, dress and soothe her baby alongside you and her new sibling.
Buy it: , $45, Walmart.com
Move over, double stroller: This multifunctional children’s wagon is a fun alternative that will make your big kid feel special on solo rides. And once baby’s old enough, the shared seat will be great for sibling bonding as you go from point A to point B. Your older child will enjoy bouncing around with her brother or sister and can take on a leadership role looking out for bumps in the road.
Buy it: $120, Kohls.com
Gift a big sister this set of rainbow toddler crayons that spell out her big sibling status. The letters are large enough for the littlest hands to grasp, and she can use them to make “Welcome Home” artwork for greeting her new sibling.
Buy it: $20, Etsy.com
Searching for big sister gift ideas? This teepee is not only a play space she can call her own, but a blank canvas—literally—for her to personalize as she sees fit. It comes with fabric markers for drawing, and the tent can easily fit two so baby can join in when they get older.
Buy it: $110, Maisonette.com
Give your daughter a big sister gift that keeps on giving. This toy subscription service mails a box of educational playthings every two to three months (depending on age) with a coordinating “Play Guide” full of additional age-appropriate ideas. Not only will it make a big sister feel special to receive packages with her name, but the Montessori-inspired learning toys are specially designed by child development experts to help little ones learn and grow.
Buy it: Kits start at $36/month, Lovevery.com
This big sister gift is sure to make a splash. With a functioning bathtub and a doll with “dirt spots” that magically vanish with warm water, your toddler will love that she can rub-a-dub-dub her baby alongside her sibling’s tub.
Buy it: $35, Nordstrom.com
Will your kids sleep in the same room someday? This bedroom set is a fitting big sister gift. With two dolls, beds that can be stacked as bunks or arranged separately, coordinating bedding and other accessories, she can play around with the idea of a shared bedroom before move-in day arrives.
Buy it: $15, Walmart.com
Nothing says she’s a big kid now like being able to transport herself around. This scooter has an adjustable handlebar, motion-activated light-up wheels, and plenty of additional safety and design features that make it first-scooter friendly.
Buy it: $100, Maisonette.com
This coloring book is a creative way to get your toddler ready to become a big sibling. With her name on the cover, and 24 pages of fill-in-the-blank lists, games, drawing pages and puzzles, personalized new big sister gifts like this are a thoughtful way to make a soon-to-be sister feel involved in the pregnancy.
Buy it: $11, buybuyBABY.com
Digital cameras have come a long way, haven’t they? This easy-to-grip battery operated version is designed for even the youngest photographers to capture their own family moments. It stores up to 120 photos and videos and comes with a USB cable to easily transfer big sister’s photos to your computer.
Buy it: $36, Kohls.com
This portable wooden dollhouse ideal for independent and imaginative play. It comes fully furnished with two people figurines and 11 furniture pieces so there’s plenty to keep her occupied when you have your hands full with her baby brother or baby sister.
Buy it: $49, MelissaandDoug.com
An ideal big sister gift is a space for your eldest to spend alone time now and share it with her sibling when they get older. Earlier this year, the makers of one of our favorite high-chairs released this Scandinavian-inspired play table and chairs. Made from sustainable wood with easy-to-clean surfaces, the chairs come in four colors that you can mix-and-match or order to match the table.
Buy it: $300, MeetLalo.com
Heading out for an outing with two or more kids isn’t always a walk in the park, but with Skip Hop’s line of 14 colorful animal backpacks, your oldest can lighten your load by carrying some of her necessities in her own toddler backpack. As this lilac narwhal shows, big sister gifts can be adorable and practical.
Buy it: $22, SkipHop.com
Your kids will be on different sleeping schedules, but you can get a big sister involved with baby’s bedtime routine by gifting her adorable jammies that’ll pair perfectly with her new sibling. Hanna Anderson is a go-to for matching family pajamas, and this pink-striped set is ideal for welcoming another girl into the family.
Buy it: starting at $40, HannaAnderson.com
Celebrate your daughter’s forever bond with her baby brother or baby sister with a personalized name bracelet, complete with a big sister dangling charm. You’ll give her age at checkout to ensure it will be an ideal size, and can also customize the beads with her favorite colors.
Buy it: $11, Etsy.com
Little kids love imitating a parent’s every move. Giving your daughter a mini stroller of her own is smart when it comes to big sister gift ideas because she’ll love being responsible for her own doll or stuffed animal. This heart-printed stroller has double wheels for extra stability and folds for easy storage.
Buy it: $20, Amazon.com
One of the best big sister gifts is somewhere she can play and bond with her new sibling. This “playroom in a box” is designed for up to two kiddos to play together (starting at 6+ months), and unlike many ball pits, comes with hundreds of balls. The pretty marble-print cover won’t be an eyesore in your home, and it’s machine-washable—always a bonus when it comes to baby toys and gear.
Buy it: $250, LittleBigPlayroom.com
Planning to introduce your daughter to her new sibling at the hospital? Outfit her with her own set of scrubs. Not only will dressing like the doctors and nurses help her feel comfortable in these unfamiliar surroundings, but she’ll be proud of the “Big Sister” title embroidered on the shirt. The set comes in sizes 18 months and up.
Buy it: $17, Amazon.com
Although toddlers need to learn how to share with others, it’s also a nice idea to give a big sister a designated place for her toys, especially ones that aren’t age-appropriate for baby just yet. With six font options and 14 colors, this is a great personalized gift idea for a big sister.
Buy it: $115, Etsy.com