The simplest gifts for a big brother can make a child so happy. Buying a few gifts for the big brother may help him prepare properly for a new family member. T-shirts, photo albums, clothing and other keepsake items may help a child feel more comfortable about the new addition and may reduce anxiety and unusual behaviour.
Buy a cute little photo album for the boy that clearly states that he's the big brother. The photo album can serve as a way to collect memories of the new baby and the big brother. Buy one that complements the style of the youngster. For instance, for a preteen big brother, buy one with a cool cartoon character such as Spiderman or Batman on it. For younger ones, buy one that says "Big Bro" or "Proud to be a Big Brother."
Purchase a T-shirt or a hat that says "Big Brother" or "I'm a Big Brother Now" on it. To accompany the T-shirt, buy a small boy doll that also wears a shirt that says "Big Brother." The child can then pretend to be a big brother and show mommy and daddy what he will do as a big brother, such as holding the baby, feeding the baby and changing him.
Buy a few keepsake books for the big brother about getting a new family member in the household. Read these books to the big brother before the new family member arrives. This may help him to understand some of the emotions that the big brother may be going through. Reassure the big brother that he will not be forgotten and that you love him just as much as the new baby. Do everything you can to make the big brother feel as comfortable as possible.
Many young boys love stickers. Give him a sticker every day that says "I'm a Big Brother" or "Big Brother." Give the child a sticker each day to remind them of the new baby and to make him feel proud and like a "big boy." Let him choose his own sticker each day to encourage independence.
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