Along with joy, a new sibling can inspire questions and concerns.
Expecting and not sure what to expect from your children when you bring the new baby home? Here’s how are some good ways to prepare them for the arrival of your new bundle of joy.
Talk to your kids. Prior to giving birth to your new baby, discuss your growing family with your kids in an age-appropriate manner.
Encourage questions. Your kids may have concerns ranging from what happens to you in the hospital to what happens to them after the new baby comes home.
Calm any fears. Remind your kids that you were well cared for when in the hospital giving birth to them. Perhaps reminisce by looking at their baby books together. Assure them that they’ll be well cared for while you give birth to their new brother or sister. Let them know that while your family grows so does your love for them each and every day.
Get them involved. Some kids are very enthusiastic when they hear that they’re going to big a big brother or sister, others less so. A good way to foster or reward a welcoming attitude is to get them involved. You can let your kids help with anything from choosing a name to preparing the nursery to spreading the news.
Ready them for their new role. If they’re new to the role of big brother or sister, perhaps introduce them to other kids who are already in the position. Focus on the benefits of having siblings and being someone other than the baby.