Want to know a super easy way to divert sibling rivalry as soon as baby comes home from the hospital? Make a big sibling kit!
Big siblings kits are such an easy way to welcome your new addition to the family on a warm and welcoming note and head off sibling rivalry from the get go! Keep reading to see how to quickly and easily make your own and instill love for the baby right from the start.
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When we found out that I was pregnant with Lexi, my wheels immediately started turning about how we would introduce her to Sophia and Ella in a way that would make them excited about her arrival, avoid resentment, and get them excited about being big sisters.
Kids love gifts and treats of any kind. At least mine do. So I thought it would be a nice “introduction” to give them a gift “from” Lexi.
An olive branch, if you will. Like I know it’ll happen eventually but please don’t sit on her yet. This helps get kids excited that they have a new sibling and avoid jealousy because it’s “from” the baby! This is a great place to remind them how much the baby loves them already.
So how do you make a big sibling kit?! This is what I did.
I used a cute little chest I already had that someone had put something in for a baby shower gift, but you could honestly use anything to put it in.
Here are a few more Ideas:
- Recycle an Easter basket
- A reusable tote bag with their favorite character on it
- An Amazon box (I know I’m not the only one that has those around)
- Wrap up a diaper box with brightly colored, happy wrapping paper
- Reusable tote, then use it for toys or something else!
- Small home decor basket
- Gift bag
Or whatever else you have! Honestly, they’re going to care more about the contents than what it’s in. Kids don’t care about presentation.
What to put in it
I’m not even going to lie and say most of the stuff in mine wasn’t from the Dollar Tree. The things that weren’t were things snacks, books, and a DVD, which I got at Walmart, Once Upon a Child, and on Amazon.
What kid doesn’t love snacks? I did Goldfish, fruit snacks, and kids’ Clif bars.
Here are some more favorite ideas:
- A piece of their favorite candy
- Animal crackers
- Annie’s cheddar bunnies
- Teddy Grahams
- Fruit leathers
- Organic “Pop Tarts”
- A banana or their favorite fruit
- Juice boxes
- If it’s near a holiday, something holiday-related would be fun! I love the idea of a mini baking kit, gingerbread house, turkey crafts, or heart crafts. Be creative!
Dollar Tree Specials.
Mine L O V E crafts and and puzzles, so I scoured Dollar Tree until I found some favorites.
- Puzzles of things they like (Peppa Pig and Minnie Mouse)
- Two sketchbooks
Some more fun ideas that our Dollar Tree usually has:
- Seasonal activities
- Foam shapes packs (like put together a turkey or an ornament)
- Watercolor paints
- Rocks to paint for a garden
- Small books
I used a Signing Time DVD I found at Once Upon a Child for $5. We don’t watch a ton of tv, but Once Upon A Child has been a favorite of mine to get them for cheap! I have also gotten these on Amazon. They’re one of our favorites!
When we do watch TV, I like it to be something that teaches them something most of the time. Signing Time, Sesame Street, and Daniel Tiger have been favorites at our house.
Big Brother/Sister themed book.
These were the most expensive part of the kit since I couldn’t find what I wanted used or at Dollar Tree. We got the I’m a Big Sister book by Joanna Cole and The Baby is Here Daniel Tiger . We got Sophia another book called I am a Big Sister by Caroline Church when Ella was born.
A poem about being a Big Brother/Sister
Lastly, I found a cute poem about being a big sister. Unfortunately, I don’t remember where I found it to be able to share and give credit. I printed it on photo paper for the front of the basket, then I just put some tissue paper in and arranged it like you would an Easter basket.
Some more fun ideas to include:
- Play doh
- Play doh tools. This is a fun set if your little one loves baking as much as mine do!
- Little People
- Special “Quiet” activities for when Mama is nursing
- Small card game
- Interactive age appropiate book. My kids love this one by BrainQuest!
- Princess dress (Once Upon A Child has had these, too!). This set is an awesome value that my girls enjoyed so much!
- Shoes or dress up shoes
- Socks or slippers
It was a huge hit and I like to think it helped get us off to a smooth start as a family of five!