When four-year-old Kent met his brother Noah for the first time, no one had any idea how he would react. However, it’s safe to say that his response to the baby left everyone floored. As a result, the encounter between the two siblings soon went viral.
There’s nothing quite like brotherly love. However, when a family welcomes a new baby, it can be hard for their older siblings to understand that the little baby in their parents’ arms will probably grow to be one of their biggest allies.
Instead, many big brothers and sisters struggle to adjust to the new addition to their family. And in many ways, it’s only natural for a firstborn to feel some jealousy towards the little life they now have to share mom and dad with. However, it’s important for parents to try and eliminate feelings of envy early on.
According to parenting experts, one of the best ways to do this is to include the older child in the goings-on that come with a new sibling. For example, parents can encourage their firstborn to help with bathing the baby and even picking out clothes.
With that in mind, when little Kent became a big brother at the age of four, his family ensured that he felt included from the very start. As a result, he was brought to the hospital shortly after his brother Noah’s birth in March 2017 to meet his sibling for the first time.
The adorable encounter was captured on camera, no doubt for the brothers’ family to look back on in years to come. In the footage, little Kent can be seen arriving on a hospital corridor, which he excitedly runs down towards his awaiting brother.
As he gets closer to the camera, it becomes clear that the little one is proudly wearing a shirt with the words “big brother” emblazoned across it. Furthermore, in his little hands, Kent carries a small blue bear, which is no doubt intended for newborn Noah.
When Kent finally arrives at the door leading to his little brother, he pauses for a second before slowly shuffling into the room. At this point, it appears that the significance of the occasion isn’t lost on the four-year-old, as he nervously edges forward.
With a little encouragement from one of his family members, Noah plucks up some courage and makes a run towards the bed. When he arrives, he thrusts out the blue bear before placing it by his mom, who’s cradling little Noah in her arms.
After Kent weighs up the scene for a second by the side of the bed, a man lifts him up and places him by his new brother. A second passes before his mom holds out Noah so that Kent can get a better look, and it’s then that a huge smile breaks out across the little one’s face.
The four-year-old grins at the camera as his mom unwraps Noah from his blanket. All of a sudden, seemingly without being prompted, Kent leans forward and plants a tender kiss on his little brother’s cheek, as if giving the baby his seal of approval.
Next Kent prepares to hold Noah for the first time. And as his mom moves a cushion to help prop the baby up, the four-year-old can be seen clapping his hands in excitement. When Noah is finally placed into Kent’s lap, the youngster stares adoringly into the face of his sibling.
As the video rolls on, it’s clear to see that Kent is positively giddy to be meeting his little brother. He cannot contain his grin as he surveys Noah up and down. As the special moment sinks in, he beams to his relatives around the room, as though he wants to confirm what’s happening.
As Kent grows confidently into his big brother role, he doles out yet more kisses on Noah’s tiny head. After that, he adoringly strokes his sibling’s head and even tries to make the baby laugh by gently tickling his little feet.
After the precious first meeting between Kent and Noah, in June 2017 their grandma shared the footage of their encounter on YouTube. Writing alongside the video, she wrote, “In March of 2017 we welcomed our sweet Noah.”
She continued, “My grandson Kent, who is four years old and also has Down Syndrome, had been waiting so long for this moment. [He was] so excited to meet his little brother! Kent is going to be the best big brother. He is the most loving boy in the world.”
Revealing more about the youngster’s sweet nature, the proud grandma continued, “He really loves everyone. Whenever he enters or leaves a room he has to hug everyone in it. Although Kent is pretty much still nonverbal, he is trying and knows a little sign language.”
Looking forward to the future, the grandmother added, “I can’t wait to see the bond my beautiful grandsons develop. I’m sure they will truly be best friends. Kent’s reaction to seeing his little brother for the first time is one of the most beautiful things I’ve seen in my entire life.”
Judging by the reaction to her video, it seemed the online community couldn’t have agreed more with Noah and Kent’s grandma. On YouTube alone, the heart-warming footage had clocked up more than 94,000 views as well as some gushing comments.
Writing below the adorable clip, one viewer said, “Such a precious moment! Noah is blessed having such a magnificent big brother. All the best to your amazing family, and thank you for sharing this moment with us.” And frankly, we couldn’t have said it better ourselves.