You’re Going to be a Big Brother/Sister

Teaching your older child about pregnancy in fun and creative ways will help them adjust to your new addition.

Tips For Children Ages 1-3

Kids at this age have a lot of questions so talk to your partner about how to answer them. There’s a great book that colorfully describes how babies are made called “What Makes a Baby”. The hospital also offers classes to help siblings learn how they can help out once the baby arrives. Consider calling the hospital to find out what class might be best for your child. Children at this age also understand calendars. A fun activity to do together is to design a countdown calendar to your due date.

When your new baby arrives, things are going to be really busy. Despite how tired you are, make sure to try to spend a little time each day with the older child. You could plan an outing together or some alone time while the baby is napping.

Let your child help with the baby. Consider letting your child:

  • Push the stroller
  • Read a story to the baby
  • Sing songs to the baby
  • Help with diaper changes
  • Help with bath time

When people come and visit, encourage them to greet your older child first. Often friends and family members coo over the new baby – it’s important that visitors pay attention to your older child as well.

Your little one may have mixed feelings about becoming a sibling. Ask them to share these feelings with you. Understand that a little regression and acting out is very common after bringing a new baby home. Discuss with your partner how you are going to handle these behaviors. Keep in mind that these behaviors are usually self-limited.

Your child is going to be a fantastic sibling. Taking the time to do fun activities to prepare your child will help the transition go as smoothly as possible.

Tips For Children Ages 4-8

Kids at this age have a lot of questions so talk to your partner about how to answer them. There’s a great book that colorfully describes how babies are made called “What Makes a Baby”. The hospital also offers classes to help siblings learn how they can help out once the baby arrives. Consider calling the hospital to find out what class might be best for your child. Children at this age also understand calendars. A fun activity to do together is to design a countdown calendar to your due date.

When your new baby arrives, things are going to be really busy. Despite how tired you are, make sure to try to spend a little time each day with the older child. You could plan an outing together or some alone time while the baby is napping.

Let your child help with the baby. Consider letting your child:

  • Push the stroller
  • Read a story to the baby
  • Sing songs to the baby
  • Help with diaper changes
  • Help with bath time

When people come and visit, encourage them to greet your older child first. Often friends and family members coo over the new baby – it’s important that visitors pay attention to your older child as well.

Your little one may have mixed feelings about becoming a sibling. Ask them to share these feelings with you. Understand that a little regression and acting out is very common after bringing a new baby home. Discuss with your partner how you are going to handle these behaviors. Keep in mind that these behaviors are usually self-limited.

Your child is going to be a fantastic sibling. Taking the time to do fun activities to prepare your child will help the transition go as smoothly as possible.

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