How to get your toddler ready for a sibling

By Kaci Dyson

December 22, 2020

L&D RN/Wife/Mom of two on a MISSION to make MOM-ING EASIER. Prenatal & Childbirth Educator/Sleep Training/Lactation Counselor in San Angelo, TX

Hi, Mama! If you are reading this, more than likely you are pregnant with your second, third, or maybe fourth baby.  Congratulations!!!  What an exciting new adventure you are embarking on.

With that excitement also comes feelings of nervousness and maybe even guilt that your littlest won’t have your full attention for much longer. Questions of what if my other babe doesn’t like the new one may be popping into your head.

You may be asking yourself how you can best prepare your littles heart for a new baby.

Here are some tips to help your child transition (make sure they are done in an age-appropriate manner):

  • Share pictures and stories of when he/she was born.

  • Discuss what life will be like once the new baby is born. Be honest.

  • Read books that address siblings in a kid-friendly way.

  • Visit friends that have a new baby. This was a bit easier pre-covid.

  • Let your child pick out a gift for his new sibling.

  • Make any changes to your child’s room well before your due date.

  • Avoid major life changes after the birth– for example potty training.

  • Buy a gift to give to the older child from the new baby.

  • Once the baby is home, let the sibling take part in some of the care. Little ones love to help and feel included.

A new baby is a big change for everyone.  Know, that your child’s temperament may change while adjusting and some mild regressions may occur.  Soon enough, everyone will wonder how they lived life without that little bundle of joy on the way. You got this mama and so does your little one.

If you are needing a prenatal class to prepare, we are here for you and would love to be a part of your journey. Head on over to www.themamacoach.ca to find a mama Coach near you.

 

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