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Have you read my Sisterly Love: Bonding Before Baby Arrives post? If you have, you'll know that we've did as much as possible to involve Squidgy in the pregnancy. I was pretty ill from start to end, but it was always important that Squidgy had a bond with her new baby sister. That bond has only grown since Pickle arrived in the world, but it has been a period of adjustment for all of us.
Today's post is a little throwback to the day we came home; and a special bag of presents for Squidgy which we put together.
Why did we put together a “Big Sister” bag for Squidgy?
As parents, we're not the only ones whose loves change with the arrival of a new baby. To help with this huge transition, we put together a good bag for Squidgy, packed along side Pickle and my hospital bags.
Where did I buy Squidgy's “Big Sister” gifts?
I did pretty much all the shopping for Squidgy's big sister gifts on Amazon. There was two reasons for this.
I was quite unwell throughout my pregnancy, and towards the end was meant to be on bed rest. Online shopping is a winner in this situation.
We have Amazon Prime, which means free and fast delivery.
What did we include in Squidgy's bag?
Activities for Squidgy to enjoy
GALT first colouring pad and crayons
The main purpose of the bag was to help with the transition to being a big sister, but I also had to think about the options if I was to end up staying in hospital for longer than a few hours. Including activities like colouring books was ideal for keeping her occupied.
A wooden peg puzzle
A few sister themed gifts
Rachel Fuller’s “My New Baby” book
A “Best Sister” t-shirt or two
Even when I was seriously ill during my pregnancy with Pickle, food shopping was essential. On one of our weekly food shops, John and I came across a short and long sleeved “Best Sister” t-shirts in Morrisons; which I picked up for less than a fiver in the sale!
A Me to You “Sister” bauble
With Pickle due less than ten days before Christmas (and with it being my favourite time of year!) it was inevitable that something Christmas themed would end up in the bag! This bauble is glass, so super fragile, but will be an amazing keepsake for Squidgy in the years to come. John found it in Clintons, and after a few quick messages on WhatsApp bought it to add to the bag.
A Me to You “Lovely Sister” bear
A Dora the Explorer DVD
It was so wonderful to see the look on Squidgy's face as she opened each gift, and even more special to see how she wanted Pickle to be included and watch the DVD with her and join us for bedtime reading. The next day she was at nursery she demanded to wear her 'Best Sister' t-shirt, and was so happy to show off to everyone that she had a new role.
Who knows if things would have been different if we hadn’t put the bag together. However it didn't break the bank to put the gifts together; so I think that if we are to have anymore children in the future it is likely that we will do the same again for both Squidgy and Pickle. As far as whether I would recommend putting together a bag for your child who is about to become a sibling? The answer is yes! Do it!
For more gift ideas for members of your family, check out my Gift Guides category. If you have any questions about any of the products and ideas included in this post, feel free to ask in the comments section below.