You’re not the only one who’s getting ready to meet baby number two. Bringing another child home will be a big change for your older child, who’s used to being the center of your universe. But with a little TLC—and a thoughtful new sibling gift—you can make sure they still feel important.
Giving a gift to the older sibling when baby is born is a popular practice meant to ease your kiddo’s anxiety and stir up excitement about your growing family. This could be a sibling gift "from" the new baby or a present preparing them for baby’s birth. What makes a good new sibling gift? Something that’s personalized, involves your munchkin in newborn preparations or simply makes having a little brother or sister sound fun. Below, find 10 presents that fit the bill.
A Personalized Book
This book is all about your toddler (or big kid)! It’s a place for them to record their thoughts and emotions about baby. They’ll love it because it’s everything according to them—and on their terms. You’ll love it because it’s a peek inside their world.
Buy it: The Big Sibling Book: Baby’s First Year According to ME by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, $14 for the hardcover-spiral design, Amazon.com
A Mini “Diaper” Bag
When you head out to the park or around town for errands, you can load up all of baby’s necessities in your bag, and your tot can load up their favorite must-haves in theirs! We’re loving this super-cute backpack that comes in multiple animal designs.
Buy it: Skip Hop Zoo Pack Backpack, $20, Zappos.com
A Play Stroller
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? Keep that in mind when shopping for new sibling gifts. When you’re pushing baby around in a stroller, your tot is going to want to mimic your every move. Giving them a pint-size stroller (and a doll or stuffed animal to take care of) will make your child feel in charge and uber-responsible. This one has rave reviews, plus a chic denim design.
Buy it: The New York Doll Collection My First Doll Stroller in Denim for Baby Doll, $20, Amazon.com
A Big Sibling Shirt
Fill your firstborn with a sense of pride by giving a special outfit as a new sibling gift, which they can wear to the hospital when baby arrives. Etsy sells tons of adorable options for big brothers and sisters, including matching sets your children can wear together.
A Soft Baby Comb and Brush
Want your toddler to get used to the idea of being mommy’s little helper once baby has arrived? Try this gift for an older sibling when baby is born: a gentle brush and comb (that work for them and your newborn) that you can use to teach them how to carefully style baby’s hair.
Buy it: Sassy Jungle Soft Grip Comb and Brush Set, $6, Amazon.com
A Baby Doll
Distract your little one with their own “baby” while you’re busy introducing a newborn to the world. This soft doll is the perfect new sibling gift for a toddler, but you can also opt for a more advanced doll depending on your kid’s age.
Buy it: Manhattan Toy Baby Stella Peach Soft First Baby Doll, $33, Amazon.com
A Big Sibling Book
Sometimes all a skeptical sibling needs is some positive reinforcement. These personalized bedtime books are entertaining, encouraging and will hopefully send your child off to sleep with happy dreams about their new role. Talk about a good sibling gift from the new baby.
A Sibling Activities Box
This creative kit makes a genius gift for an older sibling before baby is born. The box is filled with wooden coins that have thematic activities and questions printed on them, like “make a welcome home sign for the baby” and “can you feel the baby move yet?” They’ll help you teach your child important caretaking skills, involve them in big moments and discuss the coming changes openly and honestly.
Buy it: The Idea Box Kids Big Sibling Activities, $20, Etsy.com
Edible New Sibling Gifts
As a seasoned parent, you’re not above a sugar bribe. These cookies are sure to sweeten the deal of siblinghood; plus, the wording (“promoted to big sibling”) will give them a cool sense of big-kid authority.
Big and Little Toys
While we love sibling gifts from the new baby, we’re also big fans of sibling gifts your firstborn can give to baby. Present your child with the big stuffed animal before baby is born, then let them bestow the mini version on their little brother or sister once they arrive. They’ll bond over their matching toys, and your older child will learn that sharing is caring.
Buy it: Finn + Emma Mister Bashful Striped Fox Big Buddy & Rattle Buddy, $82 for both, PotteryBarnKids.com
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Updated March 2019
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