When a new sibling arrives in the family, it should be a time of celebration for everyone. In the same way that older children give and receive gifts on their birthdays, it can be an exciting and fun experience for an older child to give gifts to his new sibling. While the baby isn’t old enough to understand or appreciate the gift, the act of giving the gift can help the older child to actively participate in the process of welcoming his new sibling into the world.
There are, of course, the obvious gifts that your older child can give to his new sibling. Rattles, pacifiers, bottles, blankets, and even onesies or other items of clothing are practical gifts that your child will be able to watch his new sibling enjoy on a daily or nearly on a daily basis. Of course, it may be difficult for your older child to get excited about this sort of a gift. If so, it’s going to be all right. There certainly are other sorts of gifts that your older child can give to his new sibling.
Your older child can certainly make a gift to give to his new sibling. Of course, this sort of gift would generally be used as a decoration in the baby’s room. You should make sure that your older child understands the potential for injury or choking, of course, that might occur if the older child were to take the gift down from the shelf and hand it to his new sibling.
Your older child might want to give a toy to his new sibling. This is fine, also. The main thing here is to make sure, as you do with any toy that is given to your new baby, that the toy is age appropriate, and that it is safe. While your older child might want to give his new sibling a toy truck, a mobile might be a better choice.
Encouraging your older child to give gifts to his new sibling can be a wonderful experience for both you and for your older child.