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Bringing a new baby into a house with an almost 2 year toddler brings along many challenges. As much as we tried to prepare Brielle for this change, I knew she wouldn’t full understand what was happening until it was happening! When it came time to meet this new little person I wanted Brielle to feel special so I made sure to put together a little gift that the baby would give her. And because it’s always nice to introduce the art of giving, I also put together a little gift Brielle would give her new sister. Here’s what I included:
BIG SISTER GIFT:
Carters Big Sister T-shirt – I meant for Brielle to promptly put this t-shirt on upon receiving it so she could proudly wear it around the hospital as a big sister.
ALEX Toys Wooden Dough Tools Set and Alex Toys Glitter Dough – Knowing that the attention span of a 2 year old is quite short, I wanted to make sure Brielle’s gift included a toy or activity that she could open and play with at the hospital. She was already a fan of playing with dough at home so introducing these wooden tools for more interactive play sounded like a good idea. Plus, look how cute those little glitter dough sets are?!
I’m a Big Sister Book by Joanna Cole – Since Brielle is currently a fan of reading, I made sure to include a special big sister themed book, just for her! We will be reading this one often to reiterate her new role in the house.
LITTLE SISTER GIFT:
Carters Little Sister Onesie – This one, of course, matched Brielle’s outfit which will be perfect for a photoshoot down the road!
Brown Puppy WubbaNub – Brielle was, and still is a big fan of her Wubbanubs, a plush animal that’s attached to a soothie pacifer. As a baby she used them often to learn how to hold her pacifier and as a toddler she now has them in her crib just to play with them as familiar stuffed animal pets. Knowing that I’d want her sister to have one, I thought it was only appropriate for Brielle to be the giver of this beloved accessory.
To complete the gift giving experience I put each of these items in a gift bag and included a coordinating “Big Sis” and “Lil Sis” tag I designed. These tag designs are now available for your personal use as a free printable by clicking the image above!
Brielle loved that she got to open presents while in the hospital and has been enjoying both the dough tools and big sister book since being home!
UPDATE: In case you’re looking for more book suggestions for big brothers and big sisters, check out this follow up post!
Want to know how the first few weeks went? Check out this follow up post with tips on surviving with a toddler and a newborn!