When I first found out that I was expecting my second daughter, I was worried about how my five year old daughter would react. I didn't want her to be jealous or feel that she was loved any less. I wanted her to be included and feel part of this wonderful occasion.
I decided that when I had my daughter, I didn't want her to feel left out. She was the first person to bottle feed the baby when I got out of hospital. I left a little present from the baby to my older daughter - it was a little gold necklace that said "Best Sister" on it, and a card saying "I love you." She was delighted and ever since then she just took to her. She was so eager to help with bathing, nappy changing and dressing her. When we went out, I let her push the pram (with a little guidance and steering!). I never had any problems and she was just like a little mini-me. Everyone who came to see the new baby all brought my eldest a little gift - pens or coloring book, sweets, book etc. She was always made to feel that she was such a special sister.