When you’re adding a new baby to the mix, it can be confusing and sometimes tough for older siblings to get in on the fun. Here are some great ways to get your older children involved in your current pregnancy! Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
Often, a pregnancy can be confusing and maybe even just a bit creepy for kids to understand. Help them make sense of it by watching some (kid friendly) videos about pregnancy, or checking out some books about becoming a big brother or sister. Chances are, if your kids understand what is happening during your pregnancy, they will be more comfortable with it. Another fun way to incorporate the new baby? Go to the produce section each week and pick out the fruit that is the same size as the baby, as found in many pregnancy books or apps.
If you give your older kids a job to focus on regarding the new baby, that can really make them feel important and help them to take pride in their new role as big brother or big sister. Whether it’s picking the baby’s name or middle name (if you’re really brave!), or choosing a crib set, having a job to do can really go a long way towards quelling any baby worries your older kids might be feeling.
Any time that you can make your older kid feel special about his or her upcoming duties as big brother or sister, go for it! Buying a special “big sister” shirt or “big brother” pin can be great. Or, make sure that you take a special gift for the big kid to give them at the hospital when everyone is giving a gift to the new baby.
Some hospitals or community groups have special “sibling classes”, similar to parenting classes, that are designed just for big brothers and sisters to be. These can go a long way towards helping kids learn about babies, how to care for them, and what to expect once they arrive.
Teach your older kids early on that the new baby is going to be a permanent part of the family. Have them read stories to the baby in your belly, or have them help out at the doctor’s office. Make sure they tell the baby good night before bed, and help them get the message that the baby is going to be here forever. This will help them already be adjusted once the baby gets here.