Helping create a sibling bond is one of the most precious things you can do for your kids! Here are 10 ways to help your kids bond as siblings!
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10 Ways to Bond as Siblings
One of my biggest concerns as a mom has always been, will my kids get along? And how do I encourage siblings to bond? I think this is the age old question among moms! But over the years I have discovered that it is important to not only encourage sibling bonds, but to start the bond as early as possible!
When Tony was born there were 10 essential things we did from birth to help Talie and Tony bond as siblings! Since doing these things it has really made them to little peas in a pod!
So here are 10 great ways to help your kids bond as siblings that work!
Help Feed the Baby
As soon as we came home from the hospital Talie wanted to be involved in helping feed Tony! I did not want to discourage that at all because I wanted them to be close and have a great bond! So, we made a conscious effort to let Talie help! She would help get burp rags, and blankets for Tony to be comfortable. I would let her sit right next to us while he ate and had a snack because that was important to her and it was important to me that she didn’t feel like she was getting pushed away.
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As Tony has gotten older, Talie still helps Tony eat! Each morning the two of them go into the kitchen and open the drawer with the bowls, they grab two bowls then get some spoons and go pick out their cereal together. As they eat breakfast they laugh over whatever gibberish they say to one another!
Help With Bathtime
Talie has always been actively involved with Tony’s bathtime! From his first bath she was right there trying to climb in with him! When he was little she would help by handing us the body wash and shampoo!
After bath time she would help get his towel and help us wrap him up! Then came her favorite part the lotion! Not only would Tony get lotioned, but she would too! This made her feel so special!
Now that they are older they bathe together and have fun playing in the tub! They love the smell of Baby Magic’s 2-in-1 wash Sweet buttercup scent! This body wash is perfect for kids because it is tear-free and has Calendula and Coconut Oil which helps with dry and sensitive skin.
And yes we still later them up together with Baby Magic lotion! Baby Magic is a staple in our home because it is hypoallergenic and made with wholesome ingredients. As I rub lotion on each child after bath I am happy knowing that it is made without sulfates, dyes, and mineral oils it’s even Dermatologist tested!
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Help with Diapers, Lots of Diapers
Newborns go through a lot of diapers! So many poopy diapers, the blowouts up the back, out the sides, and even all in the car seat (yes it will happen!) All these poopie messes calls for wipes, wipes, and more wipes. Talie has always been in diaper changes by being our “wipe girl” by handing us wipes during diaper changes!
Lately we have been loving Baby Magic’s 3-in-1 wipes because they can be used for any part of the body which is so handy for bums and faces! Not only are they affordable but they help with all the messes anytime anywhere! With the soft pack it makes it so easy for our on the go lifestyle for in the car and in the diaper bag!
Baby Magiis 3-in-1 wipes is also perfect for sensitive skin because they are formulated with 99% water and contain plant based ingredients for a “gentle as water feel!”
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Help Push the Stroller
There is something about letting older siblings help push the stroller! It makes them feel so important and needed! Still to this day Talie loves to push Tony around in the stroller!
Help Calm Fussy Babies
Another way to help create sibling bonds is allow your other kids to help calm the fussy baby! Talie would love to show Tony new toys, or read him stories. Sometimes she would even sing to him! (Cutest thing ever!) If none of these things worked, Talie would tell me that Tony needed a “special bath.”
Of course special baths always include Baby Magic Lavender Lullaby Scent Calming bath. We would love to dump a little bit into the tub to make a little bubble bath for him to splash around in. The relaxing tear-free formula not only cleanses and moistures, but helped calm Tony every time with ingredients like lavender, chamomile and aloe! Let me tell you, this calming scent made me want to relax and take a nap!
We then always followed it up by Baby Magic calming lotion! We love how quick it absorbed into his skin that helped calm and relax him and get him in a more sleepy mood!
Talk to Them About Each Other
One of the best ways to create a sibling bond is to talk about them to each other and not in a bad way either! I tell Tony how much Talie loves him and how she is such a good girl. We talk about all the fun things he can do with Talie! I of course do the same thing with Talie! I tell her how much Tony loves her. How much he loves her as a big sister and how much fun he has with her!
Every morning when Tony wakes up the first thing he does is he goes looking for Talie. As soon as they see each other they are off conquering the world one mess at a time around the house! There is no denying the fact that they love each other so much!
I have no doubt this is one of the biggest reasons why their sibling bond is so strong!
Have Fun Together
Have fun as a family! When siblings see that everyone loves each other it makes them love more too! So be sure to take the time to read stories together, play games, go on walks, play at the park, etc! And take trips together! There is no better way to have fun and create sibling bonds than on vacation!
Let Them Have Disagreements, But Always Make Up
Kids have disagreements… Even ones that love each other! In order to create a good sibling bond you need to let these disagreements happen. As a parent you never want to take sides in an argument because this will cause long term contention with them thinking you love one of them over the other. Of course if physical danger is going to occur then step in. After the disagreement help them apologize and hug and make up!
Story time is a must in our home! And as soon as you ask one of them to read a book they are both running with a book they want to read! There sibling bond is strengthened as they both share my lap and we read stories together.
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A family that works hard together stays together! No matter how old the kids are we have always taught them to work! Starting at a young age working was something we have always done together. On Saturdays we are all outside working hard together! Whether it is planting flowers or working in the garden the kids are out there doing what they can (that is age appropriate) to help! This creates sibling camaraderie and teamwork amongst each other!
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There you have it! 10 ways to help create a sibling bond that work!
What other ways have you encouraged your kids to bond with one another?
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Michele is a Family Life Educator with her degree in marriage and family studies. She is a mom to 5 kids and loves helping others strengthen their families! When she is not blogging she is spending time with her family and running around drinking Diet Coke trying to get everything done!