Encouraging an older sibling to take care of their new brother and sister in some way can help them feel involved, and avoids feelings of being ignored or left out. It also helps to establish familial bonds between siblings. You can encourage this by getting them a special gift to help! Giving them a rattle, soother, or lovey to use to calm and play with the new baby, something that’s specifically theirs, can make time with their younger sibling special right away. Older siblings should be supervised while caring for their baby brother or sister.
We have an entire collection of gifts that can be fun and helpful for bigger siblings, and we’re sure you’ll find a gift that’s perfect for them to share or to have all to themselves.
Perhaps most importantly, you should encourage your child to discuss their feelings about having a new baby brother or sister openly and honestly. Listen, acknowledge their feelings, reassure them that they’re so special and loved, and answer any questions they may have about being a big sibling.
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