5 Fun Ways to Include Siblings in the Ultrasound Experienceby Elizabeth MacDonald
Every baby added to a family is a true blessing. It is such an exciting time for moms to bond with current children and partners, while everyone bonds with the growing baby. When families book ultrasound appointments and packages with you, you can offer more than a memory for the couple, you can include older siblings with a fun experience they will remember forever!
5 Fun Ways to Include Siblings in the Ultrasound Experience
Guess That Baby!
Turn the ultrasound appointment into a game show extravaganza! Before the appointment, ask the siblings to bring along their best detective skills. During the ultrasound, point out different parts of the baby's body and let the siblings take turns guessing what they are. The winner gets bragging rights and a small prize.
Baby Bump Art
Who says ultrasound appointments must be serious? Bring out the artist in big siblings by turning the baby bump into a canvas. Before the appointment, provide washable markers and let siblings unleash their creativity on Mom’s belly. During the ultrasound, the little one(s) will be surrounded by colorful masterpieces, making it a truly unique experience. Make sure you have pictures taken throughout the entire process!
Make the ultrasound appointment more of a bonding experience by allowing siblings to “shop” for a special souvenir to remember the day. You can offer a shelf of options from Heartbeat Animals/Pillows to record messages or Baby’s heartbeat into to snuggle at home, to personalized onesies with “I’m Loved” on them that siblings can then decorate.
Baby Name Battle
Ask the parents if siblings have a say in the baby's name, and then turn it into a friendly competition. Before the ultrasound appointment, ask that each sibling secretly comes up with their top three baby names for each gender. During the ultrasound, learn the baby's gender and keep it a secret. Collect the favorite names of the correct gender from the kids and let the fun begin! Set up your camera and let the family video chat with any others they’d like to include, but ultimately, set up a dart board or other game in which the parents can select a name! Once they read a name aloud, pop the confetti bombs and start cheering. Make sure parents get the entire list of names to take home for the baby book, even if one of them is not the winner.
Silly Sibling Photo Shoot
Why not capture the joy and excitement of the ultrasound with a silly sibling photo shoot? Before the appointment, gather some props like baby hats, pacifiers, or even an ultrasound frame. During the ultrasound, have the siblings strike their goofiest poses while holding the props. These photos will be a hilarious reminder of the day your little one made their first appearance!
Never forget that you are strengthening more than the bond between a mother and her unborn child, you are providing the connection for older siblings to start bonding with their newest addition! Have fun creating ways to make every appointment memorable.