A new brother and sister can be overwhelming for any child, but even more confusing for your toddler. Here are some great tips to help prepare your toddler for their new sibling:
Get them involved
While your toddler won’t understand everything that is going with your pregnancy, it is still a good idea to get your tot involved as early as possible. Explain as much as you can about what is going on in your belly and if they ask any questions, try to answer them to the best of your abilities. Also encourage your toddler to interact with their new sibling, by talking to their baby brother or sister in your belly. It may feel strange initially, but it will definitely help your toddler prepare for what is to come.
Focus on what won’t change
Your toddler can understandably feel a little apprehensive about the changes that lie ahead. The best way to help your toddler to overcome these insecurities is by assuring them about the things that won’t change. Make sure your toddler knows that you will still have time for their cuddles and while the new baby may change your routine initially, you will always have time for your little one.
While it’s good idea to tell your toddler about all of the great things that their new sibling will bring, it’s still important that you discuss the realities of their new baby sibling as well. To avoid disappoint, it's best to explain that their new brother and sister won’t be able to play with them straight away. Sometimes it’s a good idea to show your tot pictures of them as a newborn, as it will show them how far they have come, and that their sibling will be at a stage where they will eventually be able to play with them as well.
Even though you may have spent hours educating your toddler for what is about to come, it is still natural for your toddler to react strangely when their new sibling actually arrives. They will love their new sibling but naturally enough, they will still feel some amount of jealousy. So while your whole world may end up revolving around your new arrival, make sure to keep an eye your toddler as well.