We're a month and a half away from welcoming home our second baby girl, so I'm using these last few weeks to really focus on my oldest daughter in the hopes of making the transition not as hard on her.
One way I am doing this is preparing a gift box full of goodies that are just for her on her sister's birth day. Below I am going to show you what I purchased for her and where I got the items for reasonable prices (because I'm always on a bargain hunt, duh)!
I know you might be thinking, "you don't have to spoil your kid with gifts to show them love and attention." Well, I thought the same thing when I first saw a 'big sibling hospital gift' pop up on my Pinterest. But then I read the parent's reasoning behind it and it made so much sense.
This is going to be a big day for everyone, but no one more so than my oldest child. She will no longer be the center of our world; she will be sharing that spotlight with a little baby girl that will need a lot of mommy and daddy's attention during the first few weeks of her life.
So to show my oldest daughter that even on the day this new little person came into the world, we are still thinking of her, I want to 'celebrate' by giving something made just for her. After she meets her baby sister for the first time, I want to transition into a time period that is about her again: enter the Big Sister Hospital Gift. It will keep her busy, make her smile, and hopefully draw a correlation between this new human and her own happiness. At least, that's what I am hoping for...
This gift is meant to be a token of love, not a bribe. As her world changes day by day with a newborn in our home, my oldest daughter can play with her hospital gifts and remember how special she felt on the day she got them. And she can lean on that in times when she does feel neglected or jealous.
It won't solve every problem going forward, but watching her unveil her gifts will make me even more proud to be a mother of two. I can't wait for this day to come, not only for our new baby girl, but to see my current little girl become a BIG SISTER!
I looked in so many places to no avail for this style of box - tall, cloth, with a lid - that I was starting to give up hope that it even existed. I almost settled on something different a couple of times, but then one fateful trip to TJ Maxx brought this beautiful robin's egg blue and silver-dotted box into my line of sight. I didn't even care how much it was when I saw it because it was so perfect for housing all the goodies I'd purchased for my daughter.
But, of course, I did check the price, and low and behold, it was on clearance for $6.00 (originally $10.00)! This sealed the deal; I had found my box. My little bargain-hunting self was so happy! Plus, it's going to be of great use in the play area in the future - it's the gift that keeps on giving!
My daughter LOVES stickers. And I usually only buy her a small, cheap pad of them at a time from the Dollar Spot at Target. But I splurged a little and got this 700 piece Melissa & Doug book for her at Five Below for $5.00.
I figure it will keep her very busy while I'm tending to the baby. Let's just hope she keeps the stickers in here and not all over the couch, the coffee table, me, her baby sister...
These three items are some of my absolute favorites of the whole gift!
The 'Big Sister' t-shirt is super soft and was only $4.55 shipping included from an app I use called 'Wish' (I plan on doing a whole post later about the great deals I have found on there). This shirt also had a matching 'Little Sister' onesie available that I snagged for even cheaper!
The yo-yo is an item I have mentioned before in my 34 weeks update. I won a giveaway for a bunch of different shops that specialize in mom/baby items, so I was able to get this little personalized wooden yo-yo absolutely FREE! On the other side of it, it has a monkey eating a banana etched into it. We are constantly calling our oldest daughter 'monkey,' because, well, she acts like one! Plus, she loves bananas!
The last item, the "I Am a Big Sister" book by Caroline Jayne Church, was purchased by my mom. I can't wait to read it with our oldest daughter once her little sister is here. She isn't great at sitting down and listening to us read to her, but maybe with the subject material being something she can really relate to, it will grab her attention better. I also love all of this author's children's books - we own at least half a dozen and they are some of our daughter's favorites!
These stamp sets were too adorable to pass up at Target, especially for only $3 a piece. We've never done stamps before, and this might be a huge mistake and mess. But we've had to limit her art activities due to an insane allergic reaction to some Crayola paint recently, so I thought these might be a good alternative. Her baby sister will most likely end up covered in these as well as the stickers from above. Oh well...
This was another art alternative for Morgan, and she typically loves these magic marker-type books. She does go through them pretty fast, though, so it's a good thing I got this one for 20% at Target through my cartwheel app. I believe it was less than $4 once it was all said and done!
Oh, and best part about these - they really are MESS FREE! Color on all the tables, walls, and parts of momma that you want little girl!
The last things I threw in there were a few pieces of Morgan's favorite candy. I found a large bag of these for $2.66 at Target. She loves this candy, so I knew these had to be a part of her special gift. And the best part for me is that I don't like this candy at all, so she won't have to worry about mommy getting into her stash! Now Daddy on the other hand...
Total Spent: $28.21
So there it is - my version of a Big Sister Hospital Gift! I handpicked affordable items I knew my daughter would love and would make her feel super special on this big occasion.
And that is my ultimate suggestion to you if you are thinking about preparing a 'big sibling' gift of some sort. It doesn't have to be over-the-top or break the bank, but it should be tailored to your kid's interests because the goal is to make them feel loved, thought of, and like this day is as much about them as it is about their new little brother or sister!
What are some things you have or would give in a Big Sister/Brother Hospital Gift? Or did you celebrate your first becoming an older sibling in some other way? Share in the comments below!