How to Prepare Your Child for a New Sibling?

How to Prepare Your Child for a New Sibling?

New Baby? Once you have broken the big news in the family, you will have plenty of time to prepare your child for a new sibling. It is completely normal for an older child to be jealous of a new baby. In fact, every child behaves in this manner. Now, this the time when you have to play smartly in managing your child so that this jealousy will turn into love for a new sibling.

You should take important steps in your pregnancy stage to prepare your child in a manner that he/she feels connected to the new sibling even before it is born. So, in order to reduce jealousy and foster the strong connection from the beginning, go through the following tips:

Let It Out

Let your child express his entire feelings regarding your pregnancy, new sibling followed by all other concerns. As a parent, your role is to reassure your child with words and gestures that you still love him and will always be. Tell him that he will always be your special child and you adore him a lot.

Strengthen the Relationship between your Child & the Other Parent

It is very important to cultivate the relationship between child and father especially when you are nursing the little one non-stop. It is the responsibility of the other parent to let their older child feel excited about spending time with them.

How to Prepare Your Child for a New Sibling?

Take Steps to Create a Special Bond with the New Sibling

In order to build a special connection, you can do several things such as:

  • Talk about the baby with them. Try using words like “your baby”, “your sister”, “your baby brother”. This way they feel some connection with the baby and slowly and steadily they will feel excited about their birth.

  • You can even read the stories about the childbirth with your older child

  • Try to get them involved with the little progress of the baby. For instance, take them along to the doctor and let them feel the heartbeat of the baby.

  • Discuss the color of the room for a new sibling

  • Involve them in conversation when deciding baby’s name.

  • Tell them how they are being loved at the time of their birth, show them their baby pictures and relate them with the new sibling talks.

Reassure your Child that you Still Love Him

Tell them that nobody can replace you and you still are an important member of the family. Remind them the little things which you like about them such as “the way you make me laugh” or “how I love playing with you” etc. Talk about the individual importance of each member in the family.

Educate your Child about New Siblings

You need to tell them that how fragile the babies are. If possible, then visit a family with the newborn baby. Tell him that one needs to be very gentle with the babies. Let them know that babies cry a lot and can play with them after a particular period of time. Children always feel happy when they realize that they are no longer small now. They feel excited when you make them understand that now you have someone who is smaller than you.

You can even tell them that as a big one you have to take care of the new sibling like we took care of you when you were a child. This way they feel responsible rather than being left out and consider themselves important because you are giving them the important task.

Every child has a different reaction to the arrival of the new sibling. It is the duty of the parent to address their concerns, reassures their love and to build a strong connection between them & the baby during the pregnancy phase.

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