Keep in mind that your child's world is about to change in a very huge way. This is especially true if your child was an only child. Your child is use to all your attention and the attention of others, having to share the spotlight can be tough.
Here are a few tips to help prepare your child for a new sibling...
- Let your child make the big announcement to friends and family. Whether your are doing it with a video, photo or in person, let your child tell everyone that they are going to have a new baby brother or sister.
- Spend some time with friends or family who have a newborn. This will give your child a realistic idea about what having a newborn in the house is like.
- Read books or watch a show on the subject. When I was pregnant with my second a friend sent me the DVD "Three Bears and the New Baby" . I loved that they explained how the parents would be gone at the hospital. As for books, there are a bunch of fun and funny children's books like "The New Baby" by M. Mercer and "Theres Going to be a Baby" by J. Burningham.
- Let your child be involved with some of the decision making. Let your child pick out the new baby's "coming home" outfit or the paint color for the nursery. I have even heard of families letting the child pick the baby's name! (I might be okay with the middle name!)
- When it comes to the baby shower have a small cake for the new big brother or sister. They will love having some attention on the big day.
- Gifts are always good. Have a gift from the baby to your older child ready for when your children first meet. It can be a toy they have been wanting and t-shirt that says "I'm the Big Sister/Brother" or something more sentimental like a locket or bracelet.
How did you prepare your kids for a new baby?
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