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Is your child ready to become a big brother or sister? Even if they are thrilled about having a new sibling, it's wise to be prepared for some adjustments. For example, many children feel left out once they see how much attention the baby is getting and may even act out to get your attention. Giving reassurance and making sure they get special one-on-one time can help them feel more involved.
Preparing Your Children for a New Addition
Getting Ready to Announce the Big NewsThe first challenge -- how do you tell your children that they are going to have a baby brother or a sister? In preparing for the "big talk," there are a number of factors that might come into play. Each situation is different and how you decide to tell your child will vary, depending on things such as your child's age, how far along into the pregnancy you want to wait before telling your children, and what you think the response might be.
- Think about telling your child about your pregnancy before, or at least at the same time, you tell your friends. It may be more difficult if your child hears the news from someone else.
- Some women find that it's easier to wait to tell their children until after there is an evident "baby bump." This may help you to explain why your tummy is growing.
- You may look into whether there are any sibling preparation classes available at a local hospital.
- Think ahead of time about how you might need to rearrange the rooms, such as if your child will need to change rooms or share one. You can help ease the transition by letting your child help in making his or her own special room and one for the new baby brother or sister.
- Try to anticipate any major changes that may need to take place for your older children, such as weaning, toilet training, or starting preschool. Getting them into a good routine for these changes before the baby arrives can help ease the transition as well.