Becoming a big sister is kind of a big deal – I mean losing who really wants to lose the Only Child title and all the attention that comes with it?
When we shared the news with Annabelle that she would become a big sister, she was THRILLED beyond our expectations. Somehow she understood a sibling would be a lifelong playmate and a new baby would be her real life toy. Even though she was excited, we knew the day Ailey actually arrived could be catastrophic if we did not make sure Annabelle felt special in her own way. Seeing Mommy holding other babies had been a little traumatic leading up to Ailey’s birth as she didn’t like sharing my attention. With hopes of avoiding a meltdown, we prepared to give Annabelle a gift in the hospital when she came to meet her new sister.
Annabelle’s current ballerina obsession made it easy to choose what kind of bag I would purchase and fill with goodies. I discovered My Loving Tree on Etsy when searching ballerina bag. The shop makes a variety of personalized handmade gifts for all ages and occasions. We chose a ballerina themed bag and a matching zipper pouch (c/o My Loving Tree).
The ballerina themed bag features an original illustration of a ballerina by the shop owner and was customized to look like Annabelle. All you have to do is include the name, skin tone (fair, medium, dark), hair color (red, blond, brown, black), and dress color in the notes on your order. Annabelle thought she was rather special for not only having a tiny ballerina that looked like her on the bag, but also owning a matching dress (one of the gifts we put in the bag).
We had the Big Sister bag all ready and waiting for Annabelle beside the hospital bed. She was so excited to receive a gift from her new baby sister that she didn’t even care about Mommy holding her.
Here are some great ideas for goodies to include in a big sister bag:
A Big Sister Shirt (with a matching Little Sister Shirt)
A couple of snacks or her favorite candy – something to eat while at the hospital
Small coloring book and crayons – something to do while at the hospital
Big Sister Cup
Do you want to order a custom bag for your little one? My Loving Tree would like to offer free shipping (within the US) on orders of any size for blog readers. Use the coupon code “catalynbear2016” at checkout – the offer will last until the end of the year!