For the older daughter, the arrival of a new baby sibling brings excitement, but can also cause resentment and confusion. Help the older daughter feel included and important by giving her gifts that celebrate her new role and responsibilities as the big sister. By embracing her future role before the delivery of the new baby, she may develop more positive feelings after the arrival.
Big Sister T-shirt
Give the older daughter a personalised big sister T-shirt. The shirt's top line reads "Big Sister," with a customised icon of the older daughter below the heading. You can choose, hair, skin, eye and dress colour along with hair style. Beneath the personalised icon is the oldest daughter's name. The big sister will enjoy proudly wearing her new shirt and pointing out the personalised details to family and friends. Customised big sister T-shirts are available through special order online (see Resources).
Big Sister Locket
Girls of any age welcome jewellery, but "grown up" jewellery, like a locket, is especially appealing for a young girl. Give the oldest daughter a locket made from silver, gold or aluminium alloy depending on her age. Have the back of the locket engraved with the daughter's name and the title "Big Sister." For added appeal, tell her the locket is "from" her new baby sibling who is so excited to meet his new big sister in the hospital.
Sister Snow Globe
Give the oldest daughter a snow globe with a big sister and a little brother or sister holding each other. Choose a globe with a sturdy wooden base that includes or could hold a small metal personalisation plate. Take the snow globe to a jeweller or personalisation store and have them engrave the oldest daughter's name under the title "Big Sister" on the metal plate.
Give the older daughter a personalised baby doll of herself. Having a baby doll identical to herself may encourage her interest in infant care prior to the arrival of her new sibling. She and her parents can use the baby to practice proper holding, feeding and changing positions. While no parent actually expects the older daughter to care for a newborn, familiarising the "big sister" with the care infants require can help make the new baby's presence seem less foreign. Many online companies will create custom dolls if you provide a facial photo (see Resources).
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