Welcoming a new baby into the world can be an amazing time for a family. But it can also be challenging to get your toddler (who used to be your whole world) to accept the new arrival. All kids are unique and might react differently to the realities that come with a new baby. But here are some ways in which you can prepare your toddler for a new baby in the house:
How to prepare your toddler for a new baby
1. Talk it out
Don’t just waltz home one day with a new baby. As soon as you find out about your pregnancy, start talking to your toddler about it. He or she might need a few months to process the information as well as the changes that are going to happen once the baby arrives.
2. Learn with them
Make sure you read books about pregnancy and regularly look at pictures of the baby with your toddler. He’ll need to visualise and understand what’s happening inside his mommy’s belly. So help him understand it better by offering as much information as you can.
3. Dream with them
Sit down with your toddler and them help her to start imagining what her new sibling will look like and how life with a sister or brother would be different from what she has now.
4. Give them a role
Toddlers can’t really be of any help during those first few weeks with a new baby. But it’s crucial to help them see that they have an important role to play to help YOU. Instead of feeling like they’ll no longer be needed around the house. Help them understand that they might not get to be the baby of the family anymore, but that they are being promoted to a bigger, better, and more important role in the family.
5. Give them something to look forward to
On the day of your baby’s birth, your toddler will need to be tended to by a close friend or family member. So make sure he or she gets amped about it. Plan something special. Like a movie and popcorn night at grandma’s house. Just to get your little kiddo excited about the day your new baby arrives.
6. Give them a present from the new baby
As soon as your toddler arrives after your baby has been born, have a gift ready for him or her that’s “from the baby”. It’s just a sweet gesture that might ease the tension and get your toddler to realise that there’s no threat to be wary of.