Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Guest Post: Introducing a new little brother or sister

Introducing a new little brother or sister

Bringing home a new baby is an exciting time, although Mum and Dad are super busy getting everything ready for the big day. But how do you handle the little one in the house who might be a wee bit anxious about the new baby coming?

How do you introduce baby to their older brother or sister?

Here are some of my Mum’s little secrets:

Discuss the pregnancy in terms that kids can understand
Don’t overload them with detail. Answer questions simply and clearly, always keeping in mind your child’s age. The idea of the third trimester might go above their heads.

Activities to help them get involved include reading age-appropriate books about childbirth and thinking of potential baby names together.

Stick to your regular routine
It makes for a smoother transition. Any major changes like switching rooms around, or teaching your child how to “go potty” should happen well before the date of the birth.

Let your child know what the plan is on the day of the birth, so they know what to expect. Maybe even let them visit you in the hospital as soon as possible to share in the new baby excitement.

Include your kids in caring for the new baby
Your older kids won’t feel left out if they’re being involved in the new routine and they’ll be interact with their new sibling in a positive way. Depending on their age, these helpful activities can include pushing the pram, talking to the baby or helping burp their new little brother or sister.

And remember to spend some time one-on-one with your older children - such as those precious moments when baby is sleeping. This time helps reduce the kind of residual jealousy they may be feeling. Encourage them to tell you exactly how they feel and to reassure them that the new baby is a positive addition to the clan.

It may take time, but it’ll be a real joy to see your little family getting to know and love one another.

Author bio: Hannah Story is a young writer from Sydney. She plans to become the Mia Freedman of her generation. 

This guest post is sponsored by Karimums.

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