A new baby in the family is a source of joy, but for a big brother with a newborn sibling, feelings of uncertainty and jealousy regarding the new baby are natural and quite likely. A well-chosen gift from a newborn to the big brother can help establish the relationship between the siblings, and remind the older brother that he is loved and valued in the family just as much as the newborn baby.
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Quite often an older sibling might feel overshadowed by a newborn baby who needs a lot of parental attention and time. A personalised gift with the big brother's name on it will remind the big brother of his importance and identity in the family as a whole. Clothing, door signs and a whole variety of gifts can be personalised to include the big brother's name and optionally the phrase "big brother."
Gifts Relating to Big Brother's Hobbies
If the big brother of the newborn is old enough to have developed specific interests and hobbies, a gift from the baby that relates to one of these hobbies is a good idea. This shows the big brother that he is valued for his unique personality and interests. If big brother is sporty, the newborn might give him sports apparel or equipment; if big brother enjoys a particular kind of music, the gift from the newborn may be related to this. If big brother is very close in age to the newborn, it may be possible to find gifts relating to the big brother's interests that can also involve the new baby and help the siblings develop shared activities which they both can enjoy.
Particularly for big brothers who are anxious or troubled about the new baby's arrival and the associated change in the family's structure, books and social stories can provide a way for parents to enable guided discussion of these issues. An age-appropriate book or social story about a new baby in a family can help the older brother to label any negative feelings he is experiencing, and therefore to discuss and address these emotions with parents and family members. If big brother has been prompted by the arrival of the new baby to question where babies come from, this might be a good opportunity to explain the process of pregnancy and birth with a book which is appropriate to big brother's developmental level.
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