Thursday, 18 April 2013

Cruz's gift from the baby.


We jumped on the 'buying something from the baby to the big brother/sister' wagon. The generous little guy/girl bought stacking and take apart construction vehicles (Melissa and Doug), a wooden car carrier (Melissa and Doug) and some lacing beads (you guessed it..Melissa and Doug) for Cruz. Thankfully the baby is budget friendly already and bought these for a real steal while they were on special a little while ago. I'm hoping that Cruz will love them and that he will be able to play with them when he visits us in hospital. I decorated the bag myself because Cruz loves anything that has his name on it. What I didn't think about though, and maybe a tip for others, is that the gift bag and toys are quite large and will not be easily hidden away in our hospital bag, which would have been easier.


Is there anything that you did for older siblings when a newbie arrived that worked well? I have a lot to learn so throw any 'two children' tips my way.

*Excuse the photos - taken at 10:30pm. I had time to take them and I ran with it..

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  1. I have two boys & a month before I was due, I got my one & only at the time a doll. I know, kind of weird, him being a boy, but it was a "boy" doll. He LOVED it!! For about 6months his "baby" went EVERYWHERE with him & while I was feeding/changing his little brother, HE would do the same with his "baby". It actually really helped him with the whole caring side of things. Also, the very first time he visited me in hospital after having bub, I made sure baby was in his bassinette/hospital cot & I welcomed him with my complete attention. I made sure I took a good 5-10mins to JUST focus on him & that whole time he didn't even realise bubby was there. After awhile I introduced him & let him look in the cot & then asked if he wanted to cuddle his new baby brother. I found this really helped & there was absolutely never any jealousy or disappointment from my older boy's part. I made sure he still knew he was SO important. I don't know if that helps at all :-)

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    1. It worked! We made sure we gave Cruz plenty of attention as he met his brother and he is smitten!! Couldn't have asked for a better transition!

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  2. My daughter was born 5 weeks ago. My son has just turned 2. We got him a present from baby - it was a Melissa and Doug magnetic dress up doll. It was fantastic because on that first visit he was able to open it and play with it before anything else. He actually wasn't interested in baby at all (it had been our first night ever away from him!!) and when he eventually got to meet her after lots of attention from us he pushed her away. The funny thing is that the next day when we brought her home he was in complete awe of her and he absolutely adores her and continuously kisses and pats her now. We involve him in most baby things. He holds her (with help obviously), feeds her a bottle sometimes, helps me get nappies etc. and helps bath her. Sometimes I set up a bath for him to bath his baby doll in too. I can only hope this is a sign of their relationship in the future because 5 weeks in we have had no real major jealously issues.

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    1. Love the idea of setting up a bath for Cruz to use while we bath Hunter. Thanks for the tips!

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