Bringing home baby is certainly a magical experience, but what happens when there is an unenthused child waiting when you return from the hospital?
Preparing an older child for a sibling is an important step in expanding your family. After all, your older child has feelings that cannot and should not be ignored. The following tips can help you to make the transition easier for the whole family.
1. Encourage the relationship between your partner and child during the pregnancy. As much as you would like to spend as much time with your first child as before, it probably isn’t feasible. Showing your child how much fun he/she can have with your partner now will make things easier when your arms are full of new baby.
2. Refer to the soon-to-be baby as your child’s brother or sister as often as possible. This makes the baby more relatable to your child, and allows him/her to feel like an important part of the equation. Taking him/her with you to prenatal appointments will also encourage the older sibling’s new role. You can also allow him/her to help decorate the nursery or pack a diaper bag for the new baby.
3. Do not attempt any big changes, such as potty training, starting preschool, or moving near the time of the baby’s birth.
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