"Because we already had everything we needed from our first child and from friends loaning us their children's outgrown clothes, the guests at the shower for our second child signed up to prepare a nutritious meal to bring after the baby was born. It was wonderful not having to cook for a while and still being able to eat fresh meals."  — Anonymous

"I received a pregnancy pillow from a dear friend, and it made the last few weeks of my pregnancy so much more comfortable. Definitely the best present I received. I am still using it as support to feed our baby, and I just bought another for a friend."  — Anonymous

"My favorite baby shower gifts are always the handmade blankets and hats and things that were made especially for your baby with love."  — Baby Audrey3

I’m so excited that you love the doll diaper bag set! I have been noticing hits from merelymothers.com and so did a little investigating. What an awesome site you have!! Thank you for including my diaper bag sets in your top 10!! Laura

With all this talk of second pregnancies and babies, now seems like a good time to recognize that our newly christened big brothers and sisters might need a little special treat. After scouring the internet for all the best gift ideas out there, here are my very favorite big-brother and big-sister gifts.

I especially love this homemade fort-building kit idea from Elle Belle Creative that suggests…

All big brothers and sisters can use a little recognition of their new title, and what better way to announce it than with a brand new tee shirt? The coolest part is that you can get baby a matching onesie in the same pattern from sites like petite lemon!

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"As a child, I loved my blanket with satin trim. And my first daughter, now 5, carried around a pair of men's silk boxers. (Luckily we've broken her of the boxer habit, but she still loves anything silky.) This brings me to the greatest little gift I received at my shower – a fleece blanket with different types of silk ribbons and silk tags all around the edges. Everyone loved it, including my daughter and me." — Celeste

"A $100 megastore gift certificate from my co-workers was the best gift I received. This is our second child, so we pretty much had everything we needed. The gift certificate will allow us to purchase diapers, wipes, and other necessities as we need them." — Melodie

"I had wanted my mother to buy me a rocking chair or my stroller. Instead, I received a lightweight shirt box at the shower. Inside, I found a huge check for enough to buy the chair and the stroller and extras! That was the highlight of the shower. Everyone was crying!" — Adrian

"The best baby shower gift I got was my parents paying for me to go see my husband for a week. He's in the Navy, so we haven't had much chance to see each other during this pregnancy."  — Mrs.Parad0xe

"By my fourth baby, I already had everything I needed for a girl or boy, so my friends pitched in and got me a professional one-time house cleaning. It was perfect! I felt so refreshed and so grateful for the much-needed help."  — Anonymous

"Friends threw us a 'diaper shower.' We had enough diapers and wipes for our son for his first six months." — Anonymous

"My friend got me the best gift ever: a clear vinyl shower curtain, some bath accessories (shower gel, soap, a sponge, etc.), and a battery-operated vibrating bouncy seat for the baby. I thank her every time I take a shower – I never have to take my eyes off my baby!" — Kaye

How old is the child you’re shopping for? I don’t think you can really go wrong with the Etsy peapod necklaces, regardless of age.

"At the baby shower she hosted, my mother-in-law hung a ton, and I mean a ton, of baby clothes – from newborn all the way up to 2T – around the room as part of the decorations! My husband and I got to pick any and all that we liked."  — manda

"My best gift was a date-night certificate for me and my husband to get reacquainted, about a month after our second baby was born. It included dinner for two at the restaurant of our choice and childcare for our two tots. Probably saved our marriage!" — Jeanne

"The gift certificate for a local portrait studio was so nice to have for the 1 month pictures."  — sweetrysmomma

Looking for a long-lasting memento of the time when your first welcomed their baby brother or sister? How about a piece of jewelry for each child, to symbolize their new relationship? Although most of your options are geared toward girls, I did still come across a few pieces for boys on Etsy that are definitely guy-approved.

"My favorite gift was clothes in bigger sizes (12 mo, 24 mo, even 2 and 3T). At the time I thought it was strange, but I really appreciated it later." — Anonymous

Before A was born, one of the preparatory gifts my husband received was a pair of Daddy Scrubs to wear at the hospital. We got such a kick out of them that it seems appropriate to highlight the big brother/sister version.

I’m so glad you found this helpful, Lynet! Congratulations and good luck with your second (and your big kid)!

"My favorite shower gift was a month of cloth diaper service!"  — Anonymous

We are giving our almost 3-years granddaughter a baby doll and cradle with quilt and a set of bottles, bib, etc. from her new brother, waiting in her room when she returns home. We are hoping she’ll like it.

"Moms need comic relief.  Look for books to help them laugh their way through moments like bad pregnancy acne or getting bitten while breastfeeding."  — Anonymous

"I like to buy a gift that's on the mom's registry (such as a baby blanket) and then personalize it by having it monogrammed or having the baby's name embroidered on it." — Jill

Everyone knows being a new big brother/sister involves a lot of “being patient” while the grown-ups tend to the baby. That means the older child will need something super amazing to entertain them. What came to mind for me was a book called My Pretty Pink Sticker Activity Purse, which kept A occupied during an EIGHT hour delay at the airport during the holidays. Over five hundred stickers? Yes, please!

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Aw, thank you for the kind words! This journey has been remarkable. I cannot wait to do my summary retrospective on it. The most amazing (and unanticipated) part has been to see how many people have been moved by it.

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If you’re not feeling the DIY element, or your big kid isn’t quite ready for building his/her own fort, these pop-up tents would certainly do the trick!

Don’t all kids need a space of their own, especially when a little person comes into their home and crashes the party? I think forts and tents would appeal to any big brother/sister as they try to get a little time away from the baby :)

One of my absolute favorite ideas that I came across on another mom blog was a guest post on The Creative Mama’s site by Stacey Worthington, who created On the Day I Was Born books for her boys. Their big brother gifts were photo books that tell the story of their parents falling in love and their birth, all leading up to their becoming big brothers.

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Just knowing people like you are out there has made my day.

"The best gift I got at my daughter's shower and now give at all showers for friends is a small quick-trip diaper bag (moms usually want to pick out their large one). You can have the baby's name embroidered on it and fill it with the top five things you should not leave home without!" — tg012804

Ali, I simply love the idea of date cards for big brothers/sisters! You’re so right that what they really want and need is a little bit of special, undivided time with their mom and dad, and I can see how that would be difficult to pencil in. Giving a 3- or 4-year-old (or even older child) the power to request a “date” is a fantastic suggestion that doesn’t cost much at all or add clutter, as you said. Thanks for sharing!!

I wanted to spread the word about your 33 acts of kindness. I clicked through to your blog and your thoughtfulness made me tear up.

Of all the gifts they received at a baby shower, moms say they most appreciate practical lifesavers and things with sentimental value.

"Two family members teamed up to give me plastic tubs full of different essentials – clothes, bottles, diapers – and I had the tubs left over to store baby memorabilia." — Anonymous