How To Help Your Older Child Feel Like An Important Part Of Bringing Home BabyMacki West
I really want my kids to feel like an important part of bringing home baby Atticus from the hospital.
I asked Lincoln, my 3-year-old, what gift he would like to bring the baby. Lincoln said a monster truck so that he himself could play with it at the hospital. Not going to happen. I asked Sylvie, my 7-year-old daughter, and she wanted to give a super snuggly blanket that she could swaddle Atticus with, and a second, tiny lovie blanket that he could snuggle on his own. There we go. What a difference gender and a few years makes!
Sylvie and I searched far and wide for the perfect swaddle and I was surprised how hard it is to find a decent, dedicated swaddle. Most blankets seem to be too small, too thick or not stretchy.
In the end, Sylvie fell in love with all things Aden + Anais. Her must haves for Atticus are the burpy bib (which she wants to wear herself) the muslin swaddle blankets in jungle, and the ultra-soft bamboo security blanket in azure beads. She loves the security blanket so much that one out of the two-pack decided to stay in her bed.
We love the Aden + Anais swaddle because it is incredibly soft but it is also breathable and wraps tightly around the baby and stays tucked in. Coarser blankets will unravel more easily.
I was so impressed with Sylvie’s choices. More importantly, picking out her own blankets for the baby made Sylvie feel like an important part of bringing the baby into his new home. She even helped wash the blankets and put them in a special shelf in her room that’s dedicated to her big sister role. I’m so glad we did this and can’t recommend it enough. It not only helped smooth the transition from a family of 4 to a family of 5, it was a great mother and daughter outing. We giggled as we felt and cuddled and swaddled each other in every blanket that we came across.
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