A new baby is an exciting addition for a family, but it's natural for older siblings to feel anxious as arrival day approaches. Welcoming the big sister to the baby shower and other celebrations will show her how important her role is to the family. Tie items themed for a big sister into the baby shower to help her feel part of a growing family.
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Big Sister T-shirt
Big sister T-shirts tell the world she's about to be a big sister to one lucky baby. People will congratulate her when they read the shirt, and she'll feel the pride and the thrill of being a big sister every time she says "thank you." Choose a shirt in her favourite colour, and design it yourself with fabric paint or purchase it at a store. Set it out for her to wear on the baby's day of birth or when she visits in the hospital for the first time.
Matching Stuffed Animals
Choose a small plush animal for the baby like a monkey, teddy bear or rabbit, and purchase the same stuffed animal in a larger size for the big sister. She'll see the baby's gift when you open it at the baby shower, and will be thrilled to have her own matching version moments later. The big and small animals will show her that she has much in common with the baby. These observations can help her bond with the baby early on.
Head to the children's section of your local bookstore and you'll see that shelves are crowded with books aimed at new big sisters and brothers. Look for books that tell a simple story about the main character becoming a big sister. You can read her the book as a bedtime story and encourage her to ask any questions she may have. Once the baby is born, read to her while the baby is napping so she doesn't get upset about sharing your attention. "The New Baby" by Anne Civardi and "I'm Going to be a Big Sister" by Brenda Bercun are two titles to consider.
A large, colourful piece of costume jewellery is a welcome addition to a little girl's dress-up collection. Look for a large chunky necklace that features the colour of her birthstone and show her a matching necklace with the baby's birthstone, if you're having a baby girl. If you daughter is old enough to wear a real necklace, ring or bracelet, look for a charm bracelet and include a charm that symbolises the new baby. Consider having a locket inscribed with her name on the back. Place a picture of her parents on one side and leave the other side open for a picture of the baby.
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