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Way too early- "new baby" sibling gifts?

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

I'm already thinking about this because I like to pre-plan things well in advance, and then never actually do anything :P I'm great at planning, lousy at follow through.

 

Anyway, I've been thinking about this a lot recently. One of those stupid things that can keep me up at night. What are you doing- or are you doing- for sibling gifts? My sister and I got a new doll and a set of sandtoys when my baby brother was born. It was a homebirth and we were there for it and to this day all I remember is my bucket and shovels so it obviously made a big impact! Lol.

 

We're doing a dollhouse and dolls (home made, ideally?) for birthdays coming up, being gifted in sections for each kids' birthday, and half home-made Waldorf-style dolls for Christmas. Trying to think of something good for May.... honestly, I'm stumped. Something good for quiet, independent play without too many tiny pieces? Should it have a family or sibling "feel" to it, or not? If I google I just get a lot of "I'm the big brother" labelled stuff, which seems cheesy.

 

Any ideas? Or is this way, way, way too early!?

 

 

post #2 of 7
It's never too early to think about, especially since it is fun and doesn't sound like you are stressing over it!

I personally am not doing sibling gifts, as I think my older girls are too old (9 and 10) and my youngest will only be 15 months. Except that I will be passing on to the baby a Caillou doll that was my oldest's "baby" when my second was born, she would nurse it and change his "diaper" and all sorts of cute stuff.

Do you have a sand/ water table? I am planning on getting one for my youngest next summer. I don't know where you live, but May is probably warm enough for some outdoor play.
post #3 of 7

I've never done this before, but would love to do it this time.  Although my oldest are probably too old, too.  But they'd have fun with it.

post #4 of 7

I always did "Big Sister club" tees with the year on it. I used the printer inkjet sheets and did carebears. It was super adorable.

I am still going to do tee shirts with the "Big Sister Club" on it. Some ideas running through my head:

 

~ Their own sample box of cold cereals/home made instant oatmeal for breakfasts while Mommy is sleeping :)

~ Some art supplies (non messy!)

~Date night with mommy or daddy and movie tickets certificate - This entitles child to one movie or activity with mommy or daddy (redeemable after the first 6 weeks only!)

~ New book

~ Handmade toy (My kids love when I do this!)

Some ideas I had..Great thread

post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 

I love the art supplies idea- maybe an art supplies caddie or some playdough tools and new markers...? Hmm. Thinking on that one. Printing your own tees sounds way more adorable then some of the storebought ones I've seen. I also love the cereal- my kids would get a kick out of it (as would their dad, he is so not a morning person!)

 

Katroshka- they might be too old for a generic sibling gift, but you could give it a week and then do something like, "because you're helping so much/ so good with your sibling/ whatever." I was 6 and my sister was 7 and it wasn't given as if the baby was giving us presents (which I know some people do with their toddlers) but gifts for being such great helper with the birth. I don't have a 9 year old, and my 9 year old nephew baffles me entirely so you definitely know better than I do about all of that!

 

We don't have a sand and water table... I think with our sandbox it wouldn't be necessary, but it got me thinking about a water/boat canal set I had as a kid and spent hours playing with... Maybe I'll look into that. Something for good water play that isn't a kiddie pool seems like a great idea.

 

I was thinking about making maybe a pocket doll with a little carrying pouch, a little treasures purse or pouch for when we go on walks to put all those sticks and leaves into, one of those tiny playmobile sets that comes with one person and an accessory- so I could probably find a boy and a dog or something like that (I'm not super familiar with playmobile, I'm guessing here!)

 

 

post #6 of 7

I definitely want to do something for ds. He seems incredibly into this Baby right now, so I really don't want him to feel overwhelmed by the actual presence of a newborn. I think having a special gift just for him would really help. Especially as we practically NEVER do gifts. We don't do birthdays or christmas at all...which, honestly, I'm still on the fence about, but whatever. lol, it will make a gift for this occasion all the more special and important. 

 

Ds will be 3.5. We'll be moving before this baby is born, so I think my gift idea will depend on whether or not we have a yard in our next rental. If we have a yard, then I'm thinking sandbox or water table and maybe some more generic style outdoor toys so that he can play outdoors while I sit with the baby or something. But, I'm not set on that yet. 

 

I just remember HATING being cooped indoors after Ds's birth, but not feeling up to going anywhere for a while. So, something to get ds out of doors with me and the baby where I'm not needed much would be PERFECT. 

post #7 of 7


We don't do easter/christmas/halloween or the mainstream holidays either. We somewhat 'do' birthdays. Not like most people. We give all the kids a special gift (so 3 times a year each of the kids get a gift..not too shabby) and tell them their birth story or fave memories. I cook the honoree a  fave dinner and dessert.

Kind of like a Daughter X appreciation day. LOL

 

Anyways, all that to say that Any day is a good day to give and get gifts! A big brother gift sounds great!

 

 

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Originally Posted by pregnova View Post

I definitely want to do something for ds. He seems incredibly into this Baby right now, so I really don't want him to feel overwhelmed by the actual presence of a newborn. I think having a special gift just for him would really help. Especially as we practically NEVER do gifts. We don't do birthdays or christmas at all...which, honestly, I'm still on the fence about, but whatever. lol, it will make a gift for this occasion all the more special and important. 

 

Ds will be 3.5. We'll be moving before this baby is born, so I think my gift idea will depend on whether or not we have a yard in our next rental. If we have a yard, then I'm thinking sandbox or water table and maybe some more generic style outdoor toys so that he can play outdoors while I sit with the baby or something. But, I'm not set on that yet. 

 

I just remember HATING being cooped indoors after Ds's birth, but not feeling up to going anywhere for a while. So, something to get ds out of doors with me and the baby where I'm not needed much would be PERFECT. 



 

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