Helping Your Older Child Accept the Arrival of a New Sibling
When you are getting ready to bring a second child into your family, it can be a challenge to help your older child get used to the idea of having a little brother or sister. You may need to work to address the needs of both your older child and the new baby , but there are some strategies that may help you find a happy balance. Below is a look at some of the planning steps to take in the process of introducing your child to his or her new sibling.
Sharing the news
You should inform your child that you are pregnant when you find out, and this is a time to explain that a new baby is on the way. You might prepare your child by discussing the physical changes he or she may notice in mommy’s appearance and how this is important for a healthy little brother or sister. Maintain a positive attitude as you talk with your child, as this will help raise excitement for the new addition to the family.
Preparing for the new baby
Keep your child involved as you set up the baby’s room and plan for his or her arrival. If you allow your child to be a part of the changes you make at home, he or she will likely be more comfortable with the adjustment.
Welcoming the baby home
The day of your delivery will be fairly hectic for the whole family, and it is important to recognize the needs of your child through the excitement. While he or she should meet the new baby right away, some quiet time may be beneficial as well. You might have grandparents or other close relatives in charge of supervising your older child throughout the day so he or she is comfortable and does not feel neglected.
For help preparing your older child for a sibling, sign up for the unique Siblings ‘R’ Special class at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center by calling (805) 497-2727 or visiting our website. This course is offered for free as part of our H2U community health education.