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Mommy Dearest: Gifts For Big Brothers and Sisters

Mommy Dearest,

I went to the hospital to visit a friend's new baby boy and gave him a gift. While there, several people stopped by and brought presents for the infant and his older sister. Is this something new? I don't recall getting anything when my younger siblings were born?

— Guilty of Not Buying For Both

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Guilty of Not Buying For Both,

Buying presents for a babe's siblings is a trend though I'm sure in some families it's a tradition. While I don't recall receiving a lot of loot when my younger brother and sister were born, my daughter got a number of gifts when my son made his debut. She was well stocked with tutus, fairy wands and big sister shirts. Along those same lines, some callers also brought my husband and me congratulatory gifts — chocolates, flowers and CDs. Their thoughtfulness was appreciated, but it certainly wasn't expected. And I imagine with larger families, this degree of generosity could lead people to strained financial straits. Of course when welcoming a wee one to the world, simply saying "Congratulations!" is always a fitting gift.

— Mommy Dearest

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