15 Mar 2019
You’re happy about your new baby on the way and so is your partner, but does your older child(ren) feel the same?
It’s an amazing time for you and your family because you’re pregnant again! Congrats! Sometimes, however, the same is not felt by your first born or, perhaps, by all your children.
Feelings of discomfort at the news of a new arrival is natural in small children because they’ve been at the centre of attention all this time. Preparing them for the new arrival is a great way to dispel these feelings and reassure them that they will always have a place in your heart.
There will be jealousy
Think of it as being replaced, because that’s how they see it. They’re filled with feelings of worry and anxiety that you will forget about them. This is okay because it is expected. Fortunately for everyone in the household, the older child should also have a few other emotions for the baby: love, compassion, affection and intrigue. This new baby, as it gets older, will also begin to imitate their older sibling and form a strong bond between them.
Here are five tips to prepare your children for the upcoming arrival – especially if they’re not sure that this is a good idea.
Preparing your child
A significant change is coming, so here are some steps for preparing your older child:
Preparation is the key to setting your child’s expectations as the arrival of the new baby gets closer. Constant reminders and lessons will also help the older sibling to discover more about having a baby in the home.