Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Sibling gifts by Sparklepower! {FREE download!}

I am thrilled to have Candace from Sparkle Power here today to celebrate babies. I met Candace a few months ago and she is amazing. In addition to a very busy etsy shop, she has the funnest blog all about DIY, simple and practical projects, vintage, vintage, vintage, and she is expecting her 3rd child right now!  If you haven't, when you are done here, run over to Sparkle Power to see more and be inspired.  Here's Candace:

Hello!  My name is Candace &I blog over at Sparkle Power.  I'm so excited to be guest posting for Kiki today & am even more excited that she is expecting another baby!  Congrats on the wonderful news, Kiki!!

I myself am currently sporting a big round belly & chubby face because I am 34 weeks pregnant with my 3rd baby.  I have two cute daughters & we are expecting a baby boy next month!  I'm really looking forward to that day when my girls come visit me in the hospital to meet our new baby.  I want it to be a special day for them & I don't want them to feel left out or overlooked, so I've created some older sibling buttons for them.  They are super easy to make & guess what?!!  You can download them for free at this link & make your own!

Once you have the file downloaded & printed out, just cut out the badge around the black circle.

I found these self-sealing laminating pouches at Target.  You simply open them up & place your paper circle in the middle then press to seal.

Trim around the edge about an 1/8th of an inch from the edge of the paper.

Finally, you hot glue a pin on the back & you're done!

I pinned mine to a little bag that I made & filled with goodies.  When the girls come to the hospital to visit, they'll each have their own bag waiting for them.  They can take the Big Sister pin off & pin it to their shirts if they want.

I have c-sections, so I know that I'll be in the hospital for about 4 days.  I wanted to include some things to keep them busy & some things to help them to know that their mama still loves them & misses them.

I included in my bag: a sweet little note from me, some watercolor paints, a handmade cloud softie that they can snuggle up to when I'm not there to snuggle with, a new movie to watch, a new book to read, an activity book, a lollipop & a bag of candy.

You may wish to also include stickers, gel pens or markers & learning books, a new toy or some family photographs.

I really love the Lily & Thistle MiniMe paper dolls.  My girls already have these & play with them all the time, but they would be an excellent addition to an older sibling bag for either a girl or a boy.

Also, If you want to add a little something soft & snuggly to the bag, but are not the sewing type, these Custom Wee Babies from Red Comb Vintage are just adorable.

I feel this is a wonderful way to help older siblings feel appreciated & help them through the transition of bringing home a new baby.  What would you add to an older sibling bag?


Kelsey said...

Super cute idea Candace!! Thank you to both of you for sharing! :)

Lissa said...

Thanks for sharing. These will be a sweet addition to the gift I am getting ready to take a friend with more than one child.

Oly Momma said...

When I had my second, I gave my first her own moby wrap so she could wear her babies when I wore our new baby. You could easily pick up some jersey material, serge the edges and have your very own big sister/brother wrap for wearing baby dolls. In fact when number 3 come along I'll have to do that for number 2 :) - Jess (at) OlyMomma