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5 reasons your baby gift is focused on the wrong sibling

22 March, 2017 5 Comments

5 reasons your baby gift is focused on the wrong sibling

 

A new baby in the family can feel unsettling for an older sibling.  Used to being the centre of their parents' universe, suddenly they find themselves having to share their space, and fight for attention from mum and dad.  Here are five great reasons to buy an older sibling gift when a new baby is born.

new big brother

1. A gift can help a sibling to feel included in the celebration

When the new baby and mum are being showered in gifts, an older brother/sister can start to feel isolated and forgotten.  By giving them a gift, they will feel like they are part of the celebration too.

2. Positive reinforcement

New baby = new toys.

Obviously, a new baby should be exciting enough on its own.  But when all of your parents' time and energy are focused on someone other than you for the first time, some feelings of jealousy are inevitable.  Associating the new baby with something you really want can be a reminder that babies are not all bad news.

new baby = toys

3. A little peace for the new parents will be welcome

Your friends / family will thank you!  Anything that keeps an older sibling occupied for a little while will be welcome - a chance to enjoy being new parents, or even just have a moment of peace or a quick cup of tea.  Bliss!

favourite auntie

4. Cement your position as favourite auntie (or uncle)

Why are you wasting your time buying gifts for the baby who will never know or care that the rattle they are waving about came from you? Everyone knows that the real gold as an auntie or uncle is with the older kids.  

5. Feel like a hero

Buying a big brother / sister gift makes you look like you've gone a little off-piste with your gifting, while you are actually playing it pretty safe.   People might even think you know what you're doing this time!

For an easy way to be thoughtful, have a look at our Big Brother / Sister boxes.  As well as a game and puzzle for the older sibling, they also include a little gift for the new baby.  It's a win win for all involved!

 




5 Responses

Janet Murray
Janet Murray

27 March, 2017

Having a new sibling is a big life change and it’s easy for children to have their noses pushed out of join when a new baby arrives. That’s why gifts for siblings are such a nice idea.

Beth_BeSoBaby
Beth_BeSoBaby

23 March, 2017

Fay – I know what you mean. Of all the toys I got as a child, the baby doll I was given when my sister was born is the one that really stands out the most in my memory!

Beth_BeSoBaby
Beth_BeSoBaby

23 March, 2017

Jenni – what a lovely thoughtful big brother gift. He must have loved his brother even more when he was given the lego!

Fay
Fay

23 March, 2017

I love the idea of the big brother/sister boxes. I am 38 years old but still remember the space hopper that I was given as a present when my brother and sister (they are twins) were born. I completely agree that a present for the older sibling is an excellent idea.

Jenni
Jenni

22 March, 2017

My elder son had just turned 4 when his brother was born (he’d asked for Lego and a baby for his birthday – he got both, lol :smile: ) We gave him a ‘big brother kit’ which included a T-shirt, books, photo album (he already owned a camera) and some sweeties. The baby also ‘gave’ him a new Lego kit as a present.

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