Adding baby number two to the mix is a big adjustment. And not just for you, mama! Chances are, your firstborn has a lot of big feelings about the impending changes. And rightfully so. It's a big deal to have to share the spotlight, no matter how long they've enjoyed their only child status. It might feel like a bribe to give them a new sibling gift, but it's also a simple way to reassure them they're just as important as they always have been.
New sibling gifts can help ease their anxiety and get them excited for all the new changes. The best options are ones that feel personalized and special, make them feel involved or just play up the perks of being the big kid on the block. Or, if you're really thinking ahead, you can opt for something that will keep them busy while you're pinned under a sleeping baby.
Whether you offer them up "from" the new baby or from you, we've rounded up our favorite new sibling gifts that are sure to make big brothers and sisters excited for their promotion.
Gifts that make them feel extra special
This is a brilliant gift to give before baby arrives. Each wooden coin provides siblings-to-be with questions or activities that help them get involved with all the exciting shifts and changes. With prompts like "Make a welcome home sign for the baby" and "Learn about babyproofing the house," they're a sweet way to help ease the transition.
Slumberkins look like snuggly soft loveys (and they are!) but they're also incredible tools for helping little ones navigate big emotions—like the kinds they might have about their promotion to big sibling status. The fox snuggler comes with a book and mantra card that is designed to provide them with the language and support they need to understand and accept big change within their family.
Your mama-daughter bond is strong. Remind her she'll always have a special place in your heart with this sweet keepsake bracelet duo. One for you and one for her means you're connected even when there's a new baby in the mix.
Books are a stellar gift for any occasion, but this one is extra special. The New Sibling books from Wonderbly not only help big brothers and sisters understand their important new job—they're also totally customizable. Through a sweet rhyming tale and personalized characters, it reassures toddlers that there's more than enough love to go around!
Simple and sweet, these cotton cord bracelets are made to wish on! At $4.99, they're a perfect stand in for plain old card and come in a wide range of pretty colors.
Before they crawl into the bouncer and try to convince you they're still the baby of the house, show them how awesome it is to be a big kid with their own special place to sit. The classic Nod chairs come in so many fun colors and patterns and can be personalized so there's no question who the coziest spot in the house belongs to.
The big sibling pride is strong! We love these boldly printed sweatshirts which come in titles for everyone in the fam. (And can make for cheeky announcement attire as well.)
Is a sweatshirt too subtle? If your kiddo is more the superhero type, these adventure-ready cape sets are a fun way to flex their new title. They're handmade in one size and come with optional wristbands, mask and a crown.
Gifts that keep them (quietly) entertained
"My 4 year old truly misses museums and indoor playgrounds, so any opportunity I have to try creative indoor family activities I'm all for it. Typically we repurpose old cardboard boxes and transform them into forts—they are great but the brown color doesn't allow for much designing. My son was amazed to decorate his own cardboard rocket ship from a white canvas. He was a bit intimidated at first, but when everyone worked together, the project was much more manageable. The best part was watching him pretend to fly into space, and of course, telling his little sister to keep her arms inside at all times."
Deena Campbell, Motherly Senior Lifestyle Editor
We love the Yoto player for endless hours of screen-free fun. The clever (and delightfully minimalist) audio player allows kids to listen to a huge library of bestselling audiobooks, music and singalongs, educational activities and kids podcasts through super cool content cards they can insert themselves. It even comes with a record your own card that's perfect for personalized books they can't get enough of!
For the car-obsessed big sibling, the endlessly engaging ramp racer from Plan Toys is sure to knock their socks off. They'll feel special receiving something that's totally not for babies and you'll reap the benefits of hours of solo playtime. As an added bonus, the heirloom-quality construction guarantees your little ones will be playing with it together in no time. (Or, more likely bickering over it, but who's to say?)
If you're worried about finding educational ways to entertain your older kiddo once there's a baby in the house (read: not going overboard with screen time) I cannot say enough good things about Blimey Box. The "escape room in a box" kit pairs fun math and reading exercises with code-cracking and has kept my youngest engaged for hours. The printable treasure hunts are easy enough for them to tackle on their own and it's up to you what treasure they unlock. A small sweet treat? A coupon for solo time with mama? Anything goes!
Here's a fun way to burn off some of that big kid energy! If you have a yard, a dome climber is a fantastic way to guarantee playground level playtime without having to wander too far. They also make a great fort with a parachute tossed over the top.
Gifts that help them role play or get in on the action
Rolling out for an afternoon at the park? You take the diapers and baby's must-haves, they'll carry their snacks and treasures. With their very own "diaper bag," they'll feel responsible and independent and you'll have a little less to carry. Win win!
Turns out, kids are just as obsessed with photo taking as we are. Task them with creating their own family album while they snap away. Not only will they feel important, but the photos they take are sure to be instant family treasures. (Well, most of them, anyway.) The highly-rated and reviewed V-Tech kidizoom camera pix is designed for small hands and can easily withstand the inevitable tumbles.
This handmade wooden toy camera is a great way to let big siblings who aren't quite ready for the real thing participate in the photoshoots as well. It features a detachable flash and a kaleidoscopic lens that's perfect for inspecting baby's teeny tiny fingers and toes.
Neighborhood walks are much more fun when big siblings have a job of their own to do—like pushing a baby of their own! The wooden doll stroller from Plan Toys lets them choose which way their charge should face and the sturdy construction means it's sure to stick around long enough for your newest addition to enjoy a couple of years down the road.
Developed by a doctor, this creative role-play kit helps big siblings take an active interest in their new title and teaches them learn real-life skills for helping out! The kit includes a plush baby, a real, working stethoscope and a child-safe choke tube tester so they can learn what small toys have to be kept out of baby's reach. They'll be ready for babysitting in no time. (Not really, but that would be nice, right?)
Chances are, your big wants to be just like mama. And what better way than to give them a mini version of the gear you're sporting? The baby doll carrier from Ergobaby is an adorable kid-sized baby carrier complete with padded straps and buckles—just like yours! Help them strap on their favorite toy while you're wearing baby and they'll be over the moon.
A doll is obviously a logical gift for a new sibling since it provides the perfect opportunity for little ones to learn how to care for their baby brother or sister. This one is a favorite since it looks so lifelike! They can practice diaper changes, outfit swaps and even give their baby a real bath right alongside mama.
This might not look super exciting to kids at first glance, but they'll love the independence they gain from a Montessori learning tower. (And you will too!) Not only does it let them get in on the action of everything from baby's diaper changes to making breakfast, it boosts their confidence as the family's big kid helper.
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