One of my favorite ways to help my children welcome a baby home was to get them a special gift from their new sibling. We’ve had three children and have sifted through our fair share of “big brother” gifts. The key has always been to get them something that keeps them busy as we worked to incorporate the new baby into our family unit (read feed/burp/change repeat). Here are some great ideas to do just that, while also making big brother or big sister feel extra special.
Manhattan Toy - Bella Stella
Get a big brother/big sister their very own baby (that looks just like them)! The award winning Baby Stella collection from Manhattan Toy offers the perfect soft doll to inspire creative role play in little ones. You can get the doll before your new baby even arrives, to help their big sibling learn how to be “gentle” while holding, feeding, and changing the baby's diaper. Each soft doll had a life-like belly button, toes, and plump tummies. Not only will your little one learn fine motor skills, but they’ll also learn how to be nurturing and caring.
Manhattan Toy - Doll Accessories
A perfect addition to their Baby Stella, ManhattanToy has a wide assortment of classic doll accessories and favorites. Choose from a feeding set, stroller, diaper bag, bath set, and even a collection of outfits as your little one prepares to welcome their new sibling home.
Tikiri Toys - Bonikka Doll
Like Manhattan Toy, Tikiri Toys has crafted a soft, huggable, handmade rag doll perfect for any soon-to-be big brother or sister. Each doll comes with embroidered facial features, removable clothes, and a soft body with plush hair. Your little one will love nurturing their doll, and since each doll is soft, they become the perfect nap time companion.
Wee Gallery - Beginner Puzzles, Dinos
Sure to inspire a growing problem solver, Wee Gallery’s Beginner Puzzle contains 6 puzzles in each box. The large sturdy pieces of each 2-piece puzzle are suited to developing motor skills in young children. They're challenging enough to keep your little one busy and simple enough to encourage them to create the puzzles on their own. These amazing Dinosaurs - stegosaurus, velociraptor, pterodactyl, triceratops, tyrannosaurus rex, and brachiosaurus - will keep little ones entertained!.
Wee Gallery - Organic Panda Flippy Friend
Flip through Panda’s day, from greetings, to lunch, all the way to bedtime with this loveable friend. While a baby brings some uncertainties, your little one will love following the rhythm and comfort of a daily routine. This clever toy is part cuddle buddy and part flip book with heartwarming faces designed to mirror a toddler’s most common feelings and experiences to help them develop their emotional intelligence.
Magna-Tiles - 25 Piece Animal Safari Set
Anything can happen in the wild! Your little one will love monkeying around with these magnetic, savannah-themes tiles as they explore the vibrant-colored habitat with four safari sidekicks: Giraffe, Monkey, Lion, and Elephant. Little ones love the open-ended, unstructured play that comes along with Magna-Tiles.
Kidamento - Mikayo the Bear, Model C
Your toddler will love taking photos of their new baby brother or sister with the Kidamento Mikayo the Bear camera. Featuring a cute, brightly colored bear design, this children’s digital camera is a joy to handle. The large button makes it easy for little hands to build confidence while taking photos in different frames. Photos can be easily printed or transferred between devices. And most importantly, it’s durable enough for dropping and rough play.