A new arrival is a great cause for celebration in your family but it can also cause upheaval for your little one. Your toddler can become overwhelmed initially by the introduction of a new baby sibling, but you can make this transition a little easier with some of these great tips.
When to tell your toddler
Your little one will probably not understand initially what is going on, so don’t tell them the good news until you start to show. Usually halfway through your pregnancy is seen as the appropriate time. However, if your toddler starts questioning your behaviour before the halfway mark, especially if you start getting sick in the morning, you might want to explain to them what’s going on, so they don’t worry.
How to tell your toddler
Sometimes reading a children’s book about pregnancy to your toddler can be a great way of preparing them for the new arrival. You can then use the plots from the book as jumping off points to explain to them about the arrival of their new little brother or sister.
Preparing for the arrival
Preparation is key, especially when it comes to managing a toddler and a newborn at the same time. It can be a good idea to encourage your little one to help prepare for their sibling’s arrival, that way they’re aware of the importance of the occasion. Including your child in this process also gives them an indication of the arrival of their new sibling.
When their new sibling arrives
The arrival of a new baby can be overwhelming for everyone involved, especially for your toddler. It’s important to remember after everything that has occurred, it’s you they want to see straight-away, not their new sibling. So make sure to give them your full attention, and after your reunion, gradually introduce them to their new sibling. It may take time but your toddler will grow to love their new sibling.