I am due in a couple of weeks and have an about-to-turn 4 y/o daughter already. She us SUPER SUPER stoked about the new baby and is actually incredibly mature and understanding, so I know she will be just fine after baby is born. Her personality doesn't tend toward getting upset over change or being jealous, etc., so I'm not worried about that. She is very independent, calm and understanding and a breeze to parent.
What I'm wondering is if anyone knows of any special "now-you're-a-big-girl-and-get-to-do-this-really-awesome-thing" type things to help her feel more special about becoming a big sister. I don't mean things like helping me take care of the baby or helping me around the house, she already does that and is super helpful. What I'm looking for is special treat type things that would appeal to the 4-9 y/o age group that will help her feel special about transitioning into getting older and taking on the role of being the older sibling.
They have to be free ideas. I don't have money to do things like buy her special stuff or send her off to clubs, sports or dance classes.
The only idea I have had so far is to convert the guest room into her own bedroom so she will have her own place to go to be alone with her own things in it - somewhere that we and the baby cannot go without her permission. I think that would make her feel grown-up and special.