Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Getting Kids Ready for a New Sibling

Welcoming a new addition to the family is a special time for everyone. It can be an overwhelming time, though, for the big siblings that can often feel neglected and question their place in the family with so much attention going to the new baby.  If you're expecting a new addition, there are a few things that you can do to get your older children ready for their new sibling.


1.  Get a doll for the new Big Brother or Big Sister. - This will give them a baby of their own to "feed" and "change" while you are feeding and changing their new sibling.  Some of my most precious memories are of Big Brother "nursing" my old Cabbage Patch doll while I nursed his baby brother.  You can also use the doll to help them understand "gentle touches" and where they can and can not touch their baby brother.  This is especially helpful if your children are close in age and your toddler may need some additional help to remember soft spots and not to touch their baby siblings faces.

2.  Include Your Child in Baby Care. - Another great way to get older siblings involved is to make them your "big helpers".  Even 2-year-olds can fetch a diaper or blanket for you.  Older siblings also make wonderful "baby entertainers".  They can play peek-a-boo and shake a rattle for hours! :) 

3.  Make a Big Sibling Gift - I love these Big Sibling Kits from Ducks in a Row.  We always got new Big Brother shirts for the boys to see their new baby siblings in the hospital.  We also allowed them to pick out a new gift for their baby brother, and their baby brother was nice enough to get gifts for them in return.  Sibling Gift Bags can also include quiet activities like puzzles and books that will keep your children happily occupied in the hospital or when you first come home with the new baby. 
4.  I See Me has two wonderful books that they are featuring this month called The Super Incredible Big Brother and The Super Incredible Big Sister.  They have received a Creative Child and Mom's Choice Award and are just wonderful books for little ones!!
I was lucky enough to receive a copy of The Super Incredible Big Brother for my little guy and he was so excited when we read the book to him and he realized that it had his name and his baby brother's name in the book.

The book reassures big brother that he is loved and appreciated and gives him a real medal (included with the book) that rewards him for being such a big helper.  This adorable hard-cover tribute makes a beautiful keepsake that your whole family will treasure!  You can also find personalized coloring books and placemats to include in your Big Sibling kits.
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Plus, this month you can receive 15% off The Super Incredible Big Sister or Big Brother books by entering the code SUPER at checkout at ISeeMe.com.  Coupon Code expires 6/30/13 and cannot be combined with other coupon codes.

Even if you fully-prepare your child for a new baby, it's only natural for your child to regress when they see all the attention that a new sibling is getting.  Just keep giving them lots of hugs and kisses and remind them of all the fun things they can do now that they aren't a baby anymore, like the fact that they only have to take one nap a day instead of three (or more).  And they can read their favorite books and play with toys that their new baby sibling can't.  Most importantly, don't worry that your child will have issues with sibling rivalry.  Your child will take their cues from you.  If you are happy and excited about your growing family, they will be, too :)

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30 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for this post. My son will become a big brother just before his 4th birthday. I love the idea of having a doll for him to care for!

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  2. These books look cute. I'd love to win one since I'll be needing 2 very soon when our third little one arrives. The preschooler VIP one looks good too.

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  3. I also like the My Very Own Fairy Tale book!

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  4. I'd probably like the Pirate book for my oldest & the preschool book for my 2nd oldest & of course the twin book for my twin girls :)

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  5. The fairy tale book looks adorable! We have an I See Me Christmas book that we love. :)

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  6. The who loves me book looks very cute. I think with a new baby coming that would be another awesome book to have for my soon to be big brother toddler :)

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  7. i am very interested in the snuggle bunny book thanks

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  8. This is great info, thanks:) The books look awesome!

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  9. My Very Own Name is another great book. jj250@aol.com

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  10. I would pick the My Snuggle Bunny

    *Nicole

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  11. I like the My Very Happy Birthday book!

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  12. Oh I really love the My Royal Birthday Adventure for boys!

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  13. Another product I am interested in for my son is the personalized Pirate Tale book.

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  14. i'd love to read the pirate one :)

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  15. I'd like the Royal Birthday Adventure because the kiddo loves dragons!

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  16. I'd like the God Loves You storybook.

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  17. My Very Own Fairy Tale Coloring and Activity Book would be great for my daughters.

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  18. I also love the My Very Own Pirate Tale

    thransom@gmail.com

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  19. I like Who Loves Me? for Siblings

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  20. My Royal Birthday Adventure for Boys (for my grandson)

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  21. royal birthday adventure for boys looks like a cute story

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  22. I like the pirate adventure one. That would be fun.

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  23. I'd like The Super, Incredible Big Sister.

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  24. I love the God Loves You storybook.My daughter's best friend is expecting twins in Oct and she already has 2 small kids.This book would be so perfect for them.Thank you :)
    sue-hull64@comcast.net

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  25. Great ideas:) I'm in the market for a "big sibling gift" and just wrote a post on the subject, including your helpful post as a reference:) http://hintmama.com/2014/08/06/todays-hint-the-big-sibling-gift-another-kind-of-baby-gift/

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