When you’re having another child, preparing for the big day you bring them home can look a little different than it did with your first child. Second-time moms often think about how their first child will react to having a sibling. One thing that can help this massive transition is choosing a couple of sibling gifts from the new baby.
Picking out some sibling gifts from the new baby can be beneficial in many ways. One of the biggest reasons for these gifts is to ensure your first child feels included and remembered with all the excitement going on.
Another great reason to give sibling gifts is to give your child something fun and entertaining to do. Whether at the hospital or during the first weeks at home, having a new toy or activity will give your child something to occupy their attention while you tend to your newborn.
And lastly, giving your first child a ‘Big Brother’ or ‘Big Sister’ gift will help them celebrate their new role in the family. It helps them get excited about having a sibling in the home. And it helps prepare them for the changes that occur with a newborn in the house.
So in this article, I’m sharing with you the best sibling gifts from the new baby. These ideas are practical and fun and will get your first child excited about having a sibling!
Let’s get started!
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Sibling Gifts From the New Baby
1. Matching Sibling Shirts
Surprising your first child with a ‘big sibling’ shirt will be an excellent way for them to express their big sibling pride. Plus, if you want to get the little sibling a matching shirt, chances are your older child will think that’s pretty fun!
What I love about these matching sibling shirts is that they have multiple color options and any size pairing you need. Not to mention, they are reasonably priced and highly rated, so you won’t be disappointed!
2. Digital Camera
A child-friendly digital camera is one of my favorite sibling gifts from the new baby. Most likely, your child probably loves to get their hands on your phone’s camera when they get the chance. Gifting them their own camera allows them to take as many pictures as they like whenever they want!
Another reason gifting a digital camera is one of my favorite options is that your child will take some special candid shots of you and your newborn. While young children might not always take the best pictures, they do get some gems here and there.
We got our son this digital camera, and it’s perfect for him! It’s great for kids ages 3-9, has a long battery charge and can hold up to 32GB of photos and video. Plus, it’s a surprisingly budget-friendly camera!
Books are always a great way to help kids understand new changes in their life. Reading about becoming a big sibling and seeing pictures of the new things they’ll see at home is a beautiful way to connect with your child while explaining these changes to them.
If you want to get a head start on talking about having a new baby at home, this book is a great way to begin. In this simple board book, your child will learn about many of the new things involved in living with a new baby.
Other great book options for younger children are ‘I Am a Big Brother’ and ‘I Am a Big Sister’ books by Caroline Jayne Church. These cute board books focus on the big sibling and the benefits of being big! Your child will see the many ways they can help take care of their sibling and how vital their new role in the family is.
4. Boogie Board
Any activity-related gift is a great option for a sibling gift because it will give your child something to keep them entertained. Boogie Boards are lovely because they are reusable drawing and activity pads with many fun tracing pages for your child to explore.
Another reason Boogie Boards are great is that they are an excellent screen-free alternative to a traditional tablet. Your child can draw and trace as long as they want to, and you don’t have to worry about charging it.
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5. Baby Doll
Baby dolls make great gifts from the new baby, whether your first child is a boy or a girl. Giving your child a baby doll will allow them to pretend play and imitate what they see you doing with the baby. So, if your child loves to pretend play, they will love getting a doll!
If you don’t know where to start when shopping for a baby doll, these ones are great options! They come in many different designs, you can buy additional accessories for them, and they are soft, similar to a stuffed animal. Plus, they have great reviews and measure 15 inches from head to toe, which is an ideal size for a baby doll.
6. Baby Doll/Stuffie Carrier
If you choose to get your firstborn a baby doll to pretend and play with, getting them a toy carrier or stroller can bring even more fun! As I mentioned above, children love to imitate, so any baby toy similar to what you use with their new sibling will be exciting.
There are some adorable carrier and stroller options for the soft dolls listed above. This carrier/backpack is a cute option that allows your child to carry around more accessories. And if you think your child would love a mini stroller, this one is great! Plus, the stroller folds up for easy storage when your child isn’t using it.
7. Big Sibling Stuffed Animal
Stuffed animals can be one of the most comforting gifts for younger kids, especially if your child loves snuggling with stuffies. While any stuffed animal can make a great gift, choosing one that shows their big sibling pride is very fitting for the occasion.
These big brother and sister stuffed bears are adorable and so soft. Their t-shirt is removable for easier washing, and they are 12 inches long, so they are a great size for toddlers and preschoolers.
8. Radio Flyer Wagon
Since you’ll have your hands full with a new baby at home, getting your child a wagon can be a great gift that encourages them to tote whatever they need around the house. This Radio Flyer wagon is budget-friendly and the perfect size for kids to pull, measuring 16.5 inches long.
If you like the idea of getting your child a wagon, you can also use the wagon as a gift basket if you plan on getting your child more than one gift. You can put some crinkle paper in the bottom of the wagon and then fill it with your other gifts and goodies.
9. Activity Books
Activity books are the perfect, inexpensive addition to any gift basket. Plus, activity books are great for keeping children entertained, whether they are visiting you at the hospital or hanging out at home.
When choosing activity books, it’s best to choose whatever option your child will be most interested in. For example, you can get a regular coloring book like this one or an activity book like this sticker and activity book.
If you’re looking for a more substantial gift from the new baby, a Toniebox might be what you’re looking for! While this gift is a little more expensive than others on this list, it is an excellent screen-free option that allows your child to listen to music, stories, and even educational listening.
What’s great about a Toniebox is that it encourages your child’s imagination more than a tablet or electronic toy. Plus, it has a simple design that even young children can operate independently.
And, there are many additional Tonies audio play characters to choose from, so your child can listen to whatever they are interested in!
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11. Doll House
A doll house is another quiet gift option that children are always excited to receive. And the great thing about a doll house is that you can spend however much you want to on one!
One of our favorite doll houses is this Millard doll house. It stands 2.5 feet tall, has three levels, and comes with 20 pieces of furniture. And it’s reasonably priced and easy to set up.
12. Drink Tumbler
I don’t know about your child, but my toddler always loves to get a new water bottle or tumbler. And what’s better than a fresh drink cup that celebrates the new role of a big sibling?
These BPA-free 10oz drink tumblers are adorable, insulated, and come in fun designs for big brothers and sisters.
13. Lego Duplo Set
Building blocks make great sibling gifts from the new baby. This is especially true if your child enjoys building and creating structures and designs. If your firstborn is over two years old, this Lego Duplo set might be the perfect option for them!
First, I love that this Lego Duplo set has a storage box. There is nothing worse than getting a toy with many pieces and having nothing to put everything together in.
Also, these colorful building blocks are larger than regular Legos, making them easier for toddlers to pick up and build with.
14. Picture Frame
If your child is more sentimental, a picture frame can be a special gift for them. These picture frames for the big brother or sister are inexpensive, and you can change the picture as your children grow together!
15. Art Set
Art sets are a fantastic, quiet gift for your child to express their creativity. Giving them an outlet to express themselves can be beneficial when there is such a significant change in the home dynamic.
This art set from Crayola is great because its products are washable and easy for kids to use. Plus, this set comes with many different art items to get your child’s imagination flowing. And the top of the case doubles as an easel, so your child can create art on the go.
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16. Super Sibling Gift Set
If your firstborn loves to dress up, they will love this Super Sibling gift set. These fun gift boxes come with a cape and eye mask, a big sibling drink tumbler, a soft keychain, a badge necklace, a slap bracelet, and a drawstring bag to store everything in.
All of these fun ‘Super Big Sibling’ gifts will make your child even more excited about being a big sibling!
17. Their Current Favorite Thing
One gift that will always be a hit is whatever your child’s current obsession is. For example, my son loves the Fisher Price Little People. He also loves cars and trucks, so we added this Little People dump truck to his gift bag.
The great thing about getting your firstborn one of their favorite things is that they will be so excited to open the gift and see what it is. For some more inspiration, you can give your child a gift related to their favorite show, movie, or activity.
18. Their Favorite Snacks/Treats
If you’re planning on making a gift bag for your first child from the new baby, adding some of their favorite treats or snacks will be a wonderful addition. For my son’s gift bag, I added a little bag of M&Ms (his favorite candy) for a fun surprise.
To give you some ideas, you can add some of their favorite crackers, granola bars, candy, or treats, like some cookies.
When should you give older siblings gifts from the baby?
While there is no right or wrong time to give your firstborn a gift from the new baby, I recommend giving the older sibling their gifts when they meet the baby for the first time.
So, if your first child will visit you and the new baby at the hospital, you’ll want to ensure you bring the gifts with you when you go into labor. But, if your children will meet once you come home from the hospital, you can wait until then.
What makes a good sibling gift from the new baby?
While you can get your firstborn any gifts, know that some gift ideas can be better than others. Here are some things to think about when selecting sibling gifts from the new baby:
Gifts They Can Use on Their Own
Once you bring your newborn home, there will undoubtedly be an adjustment period. You’re going to be getting used to your newborn’s schedule on top of your first child’s schedule, which can be hard sometimes.
Getting your firstborn a gift they can use on their own will be great for keeping them occupied during the many diaper changes and feedings. Try to steer clear of toys or activities you’ll have to assist with setting up or using.
Gifts That Will Hold Their Attention
In addition to choosing gifts your child can use on their own, you’ll also want to consider what toys and activities hold their attention. The newest, most fantastic toy might sound like a great gift. But, it won’t really be when your child only plays with it for a couple of minutes.
Gifts That Are Quieter
Lastly, when looking for gifts from the new baby, you’ll want to try to stick with quieter toys. Quiet toys will be beneficial when it comes time to feed your baby or when it’s the baby’s nap time. You won’t have to worry about a toy blaring music or sounds and waking the baby up.
And there you have it; the best sibling gifts from the new baby. I hope you found plenty of gift ideas to make your first child feel included and loved.
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What were your favorite sibling gifts from the new baby? I would love to know what you chose in the comments below!