I like to make my older kids feel special when we introduce a new baby to the family. It's kind of a big deal, afterall! You shed your baby status and are suddenly big enough to become Mommy's or Daddy's helper around the house (whether you like it or not)!
I think it also helps them feel important, especially when all of our friends and family come around to oooh and aaaah over the littlest one. For several weeks, big brother and big sister will not be the center of attention. That's got to be a hard pill to swallow.
So far, here's the surprises I've prepared for the kids:
Bella & Brody will each have their own babies to take care of, complete with diaper changes!
I made them proud sibling shirts to wear to the hospital when the baby is born:
I'm currently working on picture frames that will have their birth details, name meanings, and a newborn photo of each of them to hang in their rooms.
I also let each child pick out one toy to give their new little brother. I love how excited they get about being a part of all the excitement :-)