Big Brother Kit – Big Brother Gifts For Adjusting To A New Baby

by Melanie on February 28, 2014

Big Brother Kit

I want to share something I’ve been working on and am SO excited to reveal to my son! It’s a toolbox full of big brother gifts I’ll be giving to him after the baby is born.

I knew all along that I wanted to get him something special as he adjusts to his new role as a brother. At first, I was thinking about making a cardboard kitchen set for him. Then, I decided I really wanted the gift to be relevant to his brand new experience as a brother. The goal, after all, is not to “keep him busy” or distracted, but to truly involve him in this major change for our family.

And so, this big brother kit was born! I can’t wait for him to explore its contents.

The big brother kit items are inside of a nice wooden toolbox given to Rocket by my mom- a perfect container for big brother tools! This toolbox will also be a useful keepsake for him as he grows older.

And now, a detailed look at what’s inside:

1. A List of Contents.

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This list, printed on bright cardstock paper, explains what’s in the big brother kit and how to use all the items.

2. Big Brother Certificate.

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A special certificate honoring his new role as a big brother. This was made using Microsoft Office and is laminated. We will sign it on the date baby is born.

3. 3 Big Brother Books.

Big Brother Kit

I chose to buy 3 new baby books that focus on the positive aspects of being an older brother, rather than negative feelings directed at the new sibling (which is the focus of many new baby books). I’m very pleased with these choices: I’m A Big Brother by Joanna Cole, The New Baby at Your House by Joanna Cole, and Big Brothers Are the Best by Fran Manushkin.

4. Big Brother Photo Album.

Big Brother Kit

I put together this small carry-around photo album full of pictures of what a big brother looks like: Rocket himself! It includes photos of him with Mom, Dad, and his grandparents, so he remembers how special he is to all of us. I also made sure the photos in it are of him doing “big boy stuff” that babies can’t do such as helping out around the house, reading books, playing with blocks, etc., to really put emphasis on his big boy position as a mentor for this new member of our family.

5. Cuddly Toys For The Baby.

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A stuffed animal lion that plays music when pressed, a Cloud B Sleep Sheep Sound Machine, and a pair of magnetic hugging monkeys that represent the new sibling relationship (I’ll let Rocket choose which one is him and which one is the baby)! It will be Rocket’s job as a big brother to use these stuffed animals to entertain and soothe the baby.

6. Treats & Puzzles For The Big Brother.

Big Brother Kit

Just a couple of things to keep the big brother occupied during quiet time when I’m getting baby to sleep: organic gummy bears and a set of Leap Frog puzzles.

7. Baby Bib.

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When baby is getting sloppy, Rocket can help out by bringing this “I <3 My Brother”  bib over and helping me Velcro it together!

8. Nursing Timer.

Big Brother Kit

Rocket can also help me set this timer to make sure the baby is nursing for at least 15 minutes on each breast. (Or more likely, Rocket can have fun playing with this cool new electronic device as I keep a close eye on the clock!) He loves gadgets and I think this will be the “big jackpot item” for him in the big brother kit.

9. Big Brother T-Shirt.

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My son is obsessed with music, so I just had to make him this “Rockin’ Big Brother!” t-shirt, complete with a guitar decal.

10. Fun Stickers.

Big Brother Kit

These new stickers are for Rocket to play with and practice sharing with his new sibling.

11. Big Brother Notebook.

Big Brother Kit

I used our letter stickers to write “Big Brother Notebook” on this memo pad- a place just for Rocket to doodle and take notes about being a big brother. Although not pictured, I will also include a pencil and an eraser since he loves using erasers lately.

 

I am hoping this big brother kit will help my son adapt to life with a sibling and remind him just how important big brothers are. I said it before and I’ll say it again- I can’t wait for him to see it, and most especially because that means baby will be here and I will be watching the very beginning of a blossoming lifelong relationship.

 

Obviously, the idea of a big brother kit like this one could easily be altered for a big sister kit too. I think it’s a terrific and fun way to help toddlers feel significant during the single most life-changing experience they’ve known thus far! Yay for big brothers and big sisters; they deserve to feel important because they are!

 

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