Once you become pregnant with your second child you might start to wonder about the ways you can prepare your littlest for the arrival of the new baby. I'm sure it is an emotional time for you as your first born will now not be your only baby, that in its self is something that you should take time to prepare for. We wanted to help you navigate the ways to support and prepare your littlest for their new brother or sister so we came up with 5 ways to do so.
Books are a great way to get your only child prepared for their new sibling. There are a ton of illustrated books that are great at explaining what to expect from their new baby brother or sister or ways that they can help with their new sibling as well. Check out some great books about bringing home a new baby here.
Classes are another great way to teach young children what to expect from their new sibling. Our local hospital offers a big brother- big sister class, this is a live interactive class that is at either Troy or Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital. This class will teach children how to change diapers, help mom and dad once the baby comes home and what to expect from their new sibling. We have linked the dates and times so that you can sign up for a class today!
Involving your child with your doctors appointments can make things more real for them. Seeing the baby moving on the ultrasound along with their fingers and toes lets them see their is more in mommies belly then what meets the eye.
Having bonding time where your son or daughter can touch your belly, feel the movements and maybe even read them a story or sing them a song is a great way to get them involved.
Talking with your child about the changes that will be happening in the family is important. Depending on the maturity level of your child is how you will want to choose your words. They might have questions for you and you should answer them honestly.
Keeping your child's schedule as normal as possible leading up to the delivery is also important. Letting them visit you in the hospital shortly after the baby arrives and even getting some alone time with them and the baby is a good way to start. This will be a big change for your family and your first baby might take some time to adjust. Being patient will be crucial during these first few weeks but seeing the bond they build together will be all worth it in the end.