Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Parenting | Big Brother Present


Bradley is 10, so he's been old enough to be totally involved during my pregnancy. He was the first person we told, although he actually guessed as I was so so poorly at the beginning! He came with us to the 16 week gender scan to find out whether he was having a brother or a sister. He's been so caring and really looked after me through my pregnancy, understanding that I need some extra help and haven't been able to do as much with him once I got heavily pregnant. He is SO excited to meet his baby brother, he asks every single day if he's coming yet. I know he'll be fantastic once he's arrived, I know he'll help me out and he'll be besotted.
That said, being 10, he's had a pretty long ride as an only child, having my attention as a parent to himself for 10 years. It's going to be very different for him once his baby brother arrives, having to share my attention, and having to understand and work with the fact that a newborn takes up a lot of time and attention. Also, the new baby is going to get a lot of attention from family members when he arrives, and I do worry that Bradley will feel a bit left out. He's very sensitive, he does fight for attention a lot and I don't want him to feel unimportant at all and maybe even resent the baby. 
I decided to put together a special Big Brother present, to Bradley, from his baby brother.
As a way to make him feel like a super important, big deal as a new big brother, to make him feel like this is a special occasion for him too, to keep him occupied during the crazy first few days and to help the bond between them both.
Let me show you what is included...



Inside Bradley's big brother present.


A fab 'best brother' t shirt for Bradley to wear to show off his big news!

England Double Duvet set - (£7.95/Amazon)
A new football set for his big bed, since the baby has had lots of brand new bedding too.


iTunes voucher - (£15.00)
He loves his iPad, so an iTunes voucher always goes down well! :)
For him to choose a picture of him with his little brother to put in and keep in his room.



'This Is My Baby Brother' book - (£7.00/Bundles of Joy)
A fab little book for him to fill in and stick in pictures of his new brother, a fab keepsake and something lovely for us to do together.


Personalised Big Brother card - (£1.99/Funky Pigeon)
Finished off with this lovely personalised card from his baby brother.





What do you think to his gifts?
Did you buy a big brother gift for your children when expecting a new sibling?

All prices correct at time of posting

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  1. Aww! What a lovely idea!! So sweet!
    A great way to get Bradley involved x

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    1. Thanks hun.
      Was convinced baby would be here by now when I scheduled the post!!
      Just got to hope Bradley doesn't see this now lol

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  2. Oh my days this made me well up! What a gorgeous idea. Xx

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  3. oh my goodness, i don't know why but this made me tear up. I could just imagine his excitement filling in the book and showing the picture of his little brother to all of his friends! that is such a lovely thought and i'm sure Bradley will be the BEST big brother! #mmwbh

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    1. Aw thank you, I hope so!! Just need this baby to hurry up and arrive now!! :)

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  4. What a lovely thing to do. I have big gaps between my children and have found that there has been very little sibling rivalry. #sharewithme

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    1. Ah thats a great reassurance, hopefully will be the same for us too! :)

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  5. These gifts look lovely. We recently had a new baby so our two-year-old is now a big sister to her little brother. Like you, we made sure she felt special too and got her some gifts from the baby - dolly bits as that's what she loves most at the moment. Her grandparents and several other friends and relatives have also been really good and bought her a present too when they've first come to see her brother. And we put her in charge of present opening on behalf of Little Mister! She's done really well considering she's so young herself still. It sounds like your son is going to be a wonderful big brother and it's nice that he'll be old enough to remember it all too. #MMWBH #ShareWithMe #WeeklyLinky

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    1. Aw thats a lovely idea letting her be in charge of present opening, may do this too!! :)

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  6. such a cute present! We're going to do something similar for Sienaa but not sure what it's going to be yet! x

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  7. Great idea and fantastic he has been so involved during the pregnancy. Sounds like you (fingers crossed) won't have any issues with jealousy etc when the little one comes along :)

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    1. Thanks Dave. I think there will be a little fighting for attention as he does that now, but hopefully not too much jealousy!!

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  8. We got my son a gift from our twins & really reiterated it was from them not us. He absolutely adores them & is a great brother #binkylink

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    1. Aw. I can't wait to see his face, he's so excited for him to arrive!

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  9. aww that is sooooo lovely. I totally think it is something you should do. I am going to do it when the new baby comes but Boo is 4 so I was thinking a dolly car seat or changing bag so she can join in. Very thoughtful gift #BinkyLinky

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  10. This is such a great gift idea. I would have loved this. So cute. Very thoughtful gift. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

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  11. I think this is a fantastic idea! It's a great way to start their fraternal relationship. Thanks for linking up #FamilyFriday

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  12. This looks like a great way of involving a kid in the build-up to the arrival of a baby brother, looks like lots of fun too!

    Jonathan

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  13. This is fab - that book looks great! Our little man was only 2 when his brother was born so he got a George pig dinosaur toy and a card from him :) #familyfriday

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