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A new baby brings joy and happiness to the family. For your older child, having a sibling is a major transition in life. As delighted as you are to bring your newborn home, you may also feel anxious about how your older child will react.
You will need to prepare your older child for the new baby’s arrival early on so that they get used to the idea of having a sibling. Breaking the news to your older child when mommy’s tummy starts to show works well for most parents, as you can explain why mommy’s tummy is growing. If your child has questions, be honest and give simple answers.
Involving your older child in activities for your baby during pregnancy will make your child feel like they are a part of the huge change happening in the family. Small things like helping decorate the baby’s room or helping pick their name make your older child feel connected to the baby and promote better bonding between them.
Although ensuring a positive relationship between siblings between your baby and his/her siblings or other kids may seem difficult, you can help your little ones share a strong sibling bond by using some of the tips given below.
Under your supervision, you can nurture sibling relationships in the following ways:
Helping with these activities reassures older siblings that they have a role to play in baby care, which will nurture the sibling love. Besides this, set up a ritual of reading or playing with your older child before the arrival of the new baby that should be continued even after the baby’s arrival.
It is normal for your older kid to feel left out with the new baby’s arrival. Set aside time just for you and your older kid. Cuddle with them and tell them you love them. The act reassures your older child that they will not be left out in the excitement about the new baby.
When your baby sleeps, take advantage of the opportunity for one-on-one time with your older child. Spend time playing games, reading, or talking to them. Encourage your child to express feelings about the new baby. Knowing that you have a special time for them will help ease any negative feelings or jealousy towards the baby.
By keeping things positive and giving your kids lots of love and attention, you can foster a positive sibling relationship.