"You're going to have a baby brother to play with!” Presenting a soon-to-arrive sibling as a live-in playmate is a great strategy—until your helpless infant arrives and your firstborn realizes the newest member of the household can’t even hold up his head. However, there are lots of ways to help a big brother or sister bond with a baby, and these 10 age-by-age activities are the perfect starting point. Feel free to tweak them to suit your kids’ ages and interests.
A newborn has very limited skills, but he’s still ready to listen and learn.
Babies start laughing and become more animated during this stage. By the half-year mark, your little one may show excitement when she sees her big sibling—a nice incentive for him to pay attention.
By this age your baby may be able to sit up without support. That makes him seem like a true playmate, even though he’s not as interactive as his big sib might like.
Your baby is becoming increasingly mobile: crawling, pulling up, and cruising. She’s also likely to start mimicking an older sibling’s play. If her big brother is pushing a truck around, chances are she’ll want to do the same.