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Big Brother Tool Kit

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Finally, I get to share my secret project with you. :0)

My brother Roger and Sister in Law Shelly have FINALLY had their baby, and have given me another beautiful nephew. I have been so very excited over the last few months as the due date has been creeping closer, and now he has finally arrived – baby Lewis arrived on Easter morning.

And of course as every doting Aunt would proclaim, he is absolutely adorable and makes my ovaries hurt just looking at his little squishy baby face. But, as a doting Aunt, I wanted to get my nephew Josh a little gift in celebration of becoming a big brother.

Often when a little brother or sister arrives, it can be tough on little ones that don’t understand the needs of a baby, and sometimes they can feel a little left out, especially when the hordes arrive to visit the newborn with arms full of baby gifts. So after a little reflection and brainstorming, I came up with the idea of making Josh a ‘Big Brother Toolkit!’ complete with items that will make him prepared for the new adventure of being a big brother.

So, here you go – a peek into Josh’s Big Brother Toolkit!

To hold all the bits and bobs, I managed to pick up a little bag at The Early Learning centre for the bargain price of £2. Its actually intended for carrying colouring pencils and colouring books – but it was perfect for this purpose. Result!

Upon opening the bag, a page of contents greets Joshua, to explain each of the items in the bag, and what they are for. If you wish to read what it says, you can click on the ‘larger image’ link below the photo.

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First a certificate, because its now official – Josh is a Big Brother! I’ve made the certificate quickly in Photoshop using only free digital elements (variety of different sources).

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A badge – well, everyone loves badges, right? Made using my badge-it, one of the bestest, sweetest Christmas gifts ever! (even though it is meant for kids….ssssshhhhhhhh!!)

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A book – I would really recommend this book, it is sweet and is great when introducing a younger sibling into the family. Bought at Waterstones.


Two disposable cameras, just for Josh. Kids love cameras, and most of us have digital cameras now and we can be a little over protective and consider them too fragile for kids. So these cameras are for just for Josh to play with, I covered each of the boxes with coloured paper to match the packaging of each of the other items. I also made a little photo album for Josh to keep himself. I bought a small cheap photo album and took out the inside pockets, then added two covers using 6×4 patterned cardstock, and a strip of 7 gypsies gaffer tape as a binding.

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A few extra items – a cuddly toy to play with his little brother, two wash cloths rolled up into little lollypop shapes, and a baby bath sponge. I’ve also put in a little circular box which can hold the bath sponge to keep it safe. Josh loves the bath, so I thought that he would make a perfect Bath-time Helper for Mummy and Daddy.

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And finally – A big brother T-shirt (to wear with pride). An inexpensive T-shirt from a local store, and a little bit of creativity from me! I’ll probably do a post in the near future on how i’ve made the T-shirt because it took a little bit of trial and error, but sure was fun!

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So there you have it – a Big Brother toolkit, which can easily be adapted for Big Sisters too. I have it on good authority that Josh loved his gift, and I can’t wait to see Joshua being a Big Brother in action. I’m off to book flights to N Ireland now, so I can go back to meet my newest little nephew, and see the rest of the gang.

Aren’t families fab!! ♥

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  • Amber Holder April 21, 2010, 4:06 pm

    What a fabulous idea! So cute!

  • H. Paris April 19, 2012, 12:30 am

    If you have the inkling to make more of these they would go like hotcakes on etsy. I’ve been searching everywhere for one!

  • Anonymous May 17, 2012, 1:17 am

    Love this idea – thank you! I have a girlfriend who is having a baby shortly and she has 2 others at home who are 7 and 9. This is a significant change in their family dynamic and the “baby” is really needing some support 🙂 I’m hoping to put together a packet that helps him celebrate his new role as well who HE is. THANK YOU!

  • Jackie April 15, 2013, 9:09 pm

    This is awesome! I was just going to do a shirt and a Build A Bear, but this is a fantastic idea! Gathering all the items now! Can’t wait to give it to my son!! Thanks!

  • Andrea August 22, 2013, 4:39 am

    Love your kit! Any chance you have a modifiable electronic version of the table of contents and certificate you’d be willing to share?

  • Andrea Nelson August 25, 2013, 3:05 pm

    Hello,

    I left a comment once before, but I’m really hoping that you have your table of contents and big brother certificate available electronically so I could modify it and that you’d be willing to share it. They’re adorable!

    Please respond soon!
    Thanks!

    Andrea Nelson

  • Anonymous October 16, 2013, 7:47 pm

    such a great idea- i love that it’s not just filled with food and useless stuff

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