Prepare Your Child for a Birth of a Sibling
Are you expecting to give birth soon? If such is the case, then you should be preparing for the major changes that your soon-to-be-born child will bring to your family. And with all these preparations and planning for the arrival of your new baby taking up most of your and your husband’s energy, you may not be able to pay much attention to your other children. You should understand though that these changes can be quite difficult for older siblings, and it is common for feelings of jealousy to arise. This is why you should know what to do to prepare your child for a birth of a sibling.
There are several things that you can actually do to make it easier for your other child. You can discuss your pregnancy with him/her in ways that make sense to young kids. You should also make some arrangements and include your older child in taking care of his/her younger sibling.
What You Can Do While You Are Pregnant
For many parents, it can be hard to tell their other kids that they are about to be older brothers or sisters. So when you are about to discuss your pregnancy to them, it is a must that you consider not only your own comfort level, but the level of maturity of your other children as well. For example, toddlers and preschoolers may have a more difficulties grasping the concept of time, so telling them that they are going to have a younger brother/sister in a few months may not be so useful. It may be better for you to tell them that you will be giving birth during a particular season, such as the summer (which will coincide with their vacation) or during the winter, when they expect snow.
Things to Encourage your Other Children to be Excited for the New Baby
If your other kids display interest in their soon-to-arrive baby brother/sister, you can encourage them even more by doing the following:
• Letting them sift through their own baby pictures
• Reading to them books that talk about childbirth (just be certain that they can understand what you are reading to them)
• Take them to visit your friends who have young babies
• Have them help you out in packing your bag for your childbirth
• Think of baby names with you