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Whenever the time came to start the final preparations for Elyse’s arrival, one of the things I didn’t want to forget was a gift for the Big Sibling. However, something I never thought of was having the Big Sibling be a part of giving a gift to the baby. We wanted to change that this time around and do both. I think doing both before the arrival of a new baby is a great idea to make it fun for the Big Sibling and include them in something special for the baby.
As packages have arrived on our doorstep this pregnancy the kids have been so excited to know if it was something for baby Jude. They love opening the packages, seeing what is inside, and setting it aside in the bassinet for him when he is born. So I wanted to do something different and include them in giving a gift to baby Jude, just from them.
I partnered with Finn + Emma® to come up with the perfect gift that the kids could give to the baby in the hospital. Since we are having another boy, we have plenty of baby items saved from Jase that will get to be passed down to him. Even with all of the hand me downs, we wanted to make sure that Jude had some things that were special and picked just for him. Being able to include the kids in the process has just been a bonus.
Finn + Emma® has the most beautiful blankets (similar) perfect for little ones to cuddle in, and as each of our kids have blankets special to them, we thought it the perfect gift to get one for Jude as well. All of their products are organic and eco safe so you can be sure that you are providing your baby with the very best. Their hand-knit toys are made by an artisanal women’s collective in Peru with G.O.T.S certified organic cotton yarn and wool stuffing. Another thing we did with Jase and Elyse is pick out a lovey or small stuffed animal that could be just theirs as well, so we found an adorable baby rattle buddy from Finn + Emma®’s Safari Collection which happens to make a super sweet gift from the kids.
The package from Finn + Emma® was one of the first things we received for Jude, so when the kids opened it they couldn’t stop talking about it. I reminded them about baby Jude and how this special gift was for them and that they would get to bring it to him when he was born. Jase being older this time around has had a much greater understanding of the process. He has been comparing it in his mind to a friend of ours who had a baby recently and how we went and saw them in the hospital. So because of that, he talked about how mommy would be in the hospital with a baby and that’s how we would get to see him. We talked more about that, explained it to Elyse, and I told them that they would get to bring this gift to baby Jude when he was born. It’s just something we have almost over explained to help the kids to catch on and understand what is going to happen.
I decided to put the gifts together in a little bag to leave with my in-laws when they watch our kids. This way, they’ll be able to grab the gifts on the way to the hospital and it gives the kids something to look forward to when meeting their new baby brother. It’s a fun way to include the kids and help them see the baby as part of the family. It can seem silly sometimes to include them when they’re so young, but it’s amazing how much these little ones really pick up. Get them excited about being a part of the process and including them, and they won’t ever feel like they’re being replaced. It’s a great way to show them that the baby is becoming a part of their family!
Because I’m mom and I can’t stop eyeing baby things, I threw in an adorable bandana bib and hat for Jude that I cannot wait to see him in. Finn + Emma®’s garments are made with buttery soft, G.O.T.S. certified organic cotton and non-toxic, eco-friendly dyes. Knowing I’m giving this little guy the very best is so reassuring.
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Have you ever thought of letting the Big Sibling bring a gift for baby? If so, what did your little one get their new baby?