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I love finding simple ways for big brothers to bond and interact with baby brother. I think it is important for my boys to start interacting and playing with one another early on. This way they can start to bond and build their own individual relationships with one another. It is now that they will lay the foundation for the relationship they will have their whole lives. What better way to start than with some simple play.
When baby brother was first born I read lots of parenting magazines and in one of them it talked about the dancing flashlight. Well, I tried it with big brother as a baby and he seemed to enjoy it. He still LOVES flashlights and so does little brother. Since they enjoy flashlights and baby brother was at the age I tried the dancing flashlight with big brother, I though it might be fun to let them try it out with him. This way all 3 of them get to be involved. Note: we did not take pictures this day so pictures in this post are from another day that big brother and baby brother played by themselves.
All you do is turn a flashlight on in a dim to dark room and shine it on the walls and ceiling. The baby follows the dancing light around the room. This simple activity is perfect for sibling bonding in your kids. Holding and dancing the flashlight is easy for my preschooler and baby brother, then 4 months, just loves watching the light. They get to start playing and bonding early on. This also helps get the older kids used to including and making time for the new sibling in the house.
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