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Preparing Your Child for a New Baby

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We weren’t sure how we would introduce the idea of a baby growing inside my tummy or how breastfeeding works to our then 3 ½ year old. Thank goodness we had 9 months to prepare him to not be our “baby” anymore. These are a few suggestions I have for mamas to help prepare their child for a new baby.

Read To Them

My favorite book to read together was “What Baby Needs” by William Sears, Martha Sears, and Christie Watts Kelly. This one helped me give the run down of breastfeeding would be like once a baby came into the world. My son certainly didn’t remember nursing, and the thought was slightly confusing to him, so this was nice to read about together!

Another book I highly suggest is “I’m A Big Brother!” (Or Sister) by Ronne Randall and Kristina Stephenson. I love how this one explains to the sibling that babies grow up slowly, and cannot play, roll balls, or interact with them right away.

A few other cute ones are “The New Baby” by Mercer Mayer as well as “The Birds, The Bees, and The Berenstain Bears” by Stan & Jan Berenstain.

Big Brother/Sister Gifts

Once we got close to my due date I got together a fun little big brother gift basket. He had just turned 4 so we ordered some fun water beads, a new space book, an interactive Minion coloring book for his Ipad, and new pajamas to stay over at Grammy and Poppi’s house while we were at the hospital! I had planned to get him a disposable camera to use at the hospital to take pictures of the baby and our family, but we ran out of time to buy one.

I’m so thankful for that first book, “What Baby Needs” that we read over and over after his little brother was born, to help him realize he will always have mommy to spend time with and mommy just needs to feed brother because he can’t eat like him. We ended up having a smooth transition and he was a wonderful big brother to his baby. Good luck to all you expecting mamas out there!

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  1. Such a sweet way to prepare your family from three, to four! When I found out I was pregnant with my second, my daughter was about a month away from turning one. She didn’t quite understand that there was a baby in my belly until I was closer to my due date. But she loves her brother now!

  2. We also read books about being a sibling when I was pregnant with your youngest. My eldest loved it and he prepared himself (or at least reflected about having a brother). I think it helped us very much, reading the books. I love your blog and you share very hands-on advice, thank you very much!

  3. This is great, i think it prepares the child for what is to come than being surprised that they had been replaced by someone….lol no child likes that. Great post

  4. These are interesting tips. I will forward them to my sis-in-law. I like the point of reading to them. It always helps. Cheers!!

  5. Being a year apart from my younger sister, I remember my mom getting me a baby doll so I could practice mothering skills. You have to find something that works

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