Preparing Your Toddler For A New Baby

I’m pretty sure all parents worry about how their child/children will react to a new baby sibling.

Ella will have just turned 2 when the baby arrives, that’s 2 whole years she’s had of our undivided attention, and now she’s going to have to share us with someone else, watch us playing with someone else, kissing & cuddling someone else and I’m under no illusion that’s it’s going to be easy for us or for her.

I think the hardest thing for Ella will be patience as she is used to receiving what she wants instantly. I know eventually it’ll all work out, and they will have a wonderful bond, it’s just going to be difficult for Ella to understand for the first few months.

Here are some things we’ve been doing to try and make the arrival of Ella’s sibling a bit smoother:

Bringing her along to scans/midwife appointments.

Encouraging her to talk to/touch bump.

Reading books with her about babies and being a big sister.

Mentioning the baby, but not over doing it- getting the balance right is quite hard!

Involving her in conversations when we buy something for the baby and refer back to when she was a baby and had something similar.

Talking about the baby to her and how she’s going to be such a good big sister.


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