Bringing Home Baby Charlotte
Posted on August 23, 2016

Bringing Home Baby: Introducing Baby to Siblings

family/ kids/ motherhood

Bringing home baby is a big deal for everyone in your family, especially for any other children you may have. First impressions mean a lot, especially to little kids meeting their baby sibling! Over the years (and babies), I’ve tried to make sure that the older sibling(s) has a positive introduction to the baby by using these tips…

I’ve noticed these tips have helped later on when the day to day baby duties of frequent nursing, changing diapers, and rocking to sleep seem to take over our days. The kids sometimes get mad at me for being busy with baby all the time, but I can’t remember a time where they took that anger out on the baby or resented her for it. And I’m okay with that.

Grant and Violet have actually been so obsessed with Charlotte. They could quite literally smother her with their hugs and kisses, haha! I feel like a of that has to do with their sweet personalities, but I also think the moment they met Charlotte for the first time plays a huge part…especially since they still talk about it every now and then! So here are a few things we did to make that first introduction so memorable:

Bringing Home Baby Charlotte

Bringing Home Baby Charlotte

Bringing Home Baby Charlotte

Bringing Home Baby Charlotte

Bringing Home Baby Charlotte

Bringing Home Baby Charlotte

{I love Grant’s excited expression in this picture!}

Baby “gives” the older siblings a gift. Before Violet was born, Aaron and I decided that when Grant would meet her for the first time she would “bring” him presents for her birthday 😉 Lots of people have recommended bribery having a gift for the older sibling to help that child enjoy the baby’s arrival. And it makes sense…all kids can pretty much understand (and love) getting a new toy/gift. So we went ahead and decided on a book and a movie based on his obsession at the time, Disney’s Cars. A gift idea I would highly recommend is a movie or some other sort of activity that the kids will be excited for and keep them entertained/engaged. That way they can hang out in the hospital room for an extended period of time and not get too stir crazy while nurses or other hospital staff check in on you and the baby. This worked so well for us that we had Charlotte “give” Grant and Violet the movie Frozen, so in between periods of them meeting and holding the baby, they were also watching their movie and not destroying the entire mother/baby unit. They love that movie so much, they request to watch it all the time and they still remember that Charlotte gave it to them.

Bringing Home Baby Charlotte

{Charlotte with her “gift” to Grant and Violet}

Make it a birthday party and have cake. A party with no cake is just a meeting, as Julia Childs would say 🙂 I’m not suggesting that you have to have an actual birthday party or a huge cake (unless you really want to do all that). We went super simple and bought little Hostess cakes and had them ready for when the older kids arrived at the hospital, and that made it really feel like a party for them. So make it easy on yourself and get a tasty store bought treat of some kind. It can add a sweet touch to the moment (and be a nice change for you from all the hospital food).

Have the kids help with a “welcome home” party. This was new for us this third time around, but thanks to my sweet mother who had the idea and was in town to watch the kids and help out. I wasn’t expecting much from the kids when we came home with Charlotte besides them wanting to see her for a few minutes as well as play with Aaron and I since we had been at the hospital for the last few days. But when we got home we found decorations made by the kids hung up in our living room and a chocolate cake that they “helped” Grandma make. And even though it ended up being a crazy first night home with Charlotte for all of us, those sweet surprises made that day feel a little more special for everyone. This would be a great option to utilize (if you have the help) when the older kids can’t come to the hospital and meet the baby…I know some hospitals won’t let kids into the mother-baby unit during certain seasons because of common contagious illnesses. So if you can’t take them to the party at the hospital, have them help throw a party at home.

Bringing Home Baby Charlotte

Bringing Home Baby Charlotte

Do you have any tips or advice for introducing older siblings to the new baby?? Share them below, I’d love to learn what works for other people!

Thanks for reading!

xo, Sara

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