Expecting a second baby? Have a look at 7 practical, actionable tips for helping toddler adjust to new baby, as recommended by real moms with hands-on experience! Tried and tested – have a look!
Helping Toddler Adjust To New Baby
I know we can never prepare for everything there is on the road of becoming a parent of two. I couldn’t agree more. But what we can do is make it easier by getting some hints in advance. – I mean practical, actionable tips, tried and tested by real moms with hands-on experience!
How happy I was once the pregnancy test showed the desired two blue lines! However, it also raised a few questions every mom of one kid probably asks herself when expecting another baby.
That is why I decided to ask my fellow mom bloggers – those with two, three or even more children – to give me their best pieces of advice that will help me out in these first weeks and months after becoming a parent of two kids. So many replied with thoughtful, tried-and-tested advice I was overwhelmed with gratitude! I believe these pieces of advice can be a real help to other moms of a single child like me, helping them to prepare themselves and their toddler for the new baby.
Who else will know better than those who have tried and tested various approaches and had a real life situation in which they were forced to invent, learn from experience and build that knowhow we all need as parents!
USEFUL tips how to help your kid adjust to the NEW BABY:
1) Prepare Your Sibling In Advance
2) The Baby’s Name
You can start calling the baby by name before it’s born, and have them talk to her through mom’s belly. This way, the toddler will be able to connect to the newborn more easily.
3) Make the Older Sibling Part of The Process
When the baby is born, make the older sibling part of the process. Help him feel helpful and needed in the new family situation.
4) Keep the Toddler’s Schedule
Try to keep the older toddler’s schedule exactly the same.
5) One-On-One Time Is Important
Make one-one-one time with the older sibling (no matter how short, just do it!)
6) Option: A Gift to The Older Brother/Sister
The baby can ‘give’ a gift to the older sibling, so the older child gets something too, when all the attention is on the newly arrived baby!
7) Get The Older Sibling Involved
Keep the toddler involved in every aspect of the baby and teach them how to treat her. This also includes tiny decisions like handing out a fresh diaper to mom when the baby is on the changing table, or picking out clothes for her after a bath.
What’s cuter than a toddler picking out the tiny baby shoes or a onesie like these for his little sister in a shop? A trip to a baby clothes shop may also double as one-on-one time with your toddler if this is the only time you manage to get out (we know how the first weeks are). If you don’t, use a great online store with reliable quality a wide range products for babies and moms. The toddler can still be the one to decide on the color of the shoes or socks or a blanket for his or her little sibling.
Now, to exPlain, here’s what the moms said:
Melissa, a mom of two, a 3-year old and a baby from Life, Love and Dirty Diapers:
Misty from Worthy of Our Calling explained what she did when adding to their family:
Paula from Beauty Through Imperfection also gave a precious advice – clever but so simple!
Dana from www.floydfamilyfindings.com pointed out several things to consider when you are expecting a new baby:
I basically made sure they were involved in every aspect of the baby and taught them how to treat her. We also made sure they were involved in decisions like picking out clothes for her or decorations for the baby shower just so they felt they were doing something great to help mommy and daddy and I think with that all going on and a few special trips before her arrival helped a lot because they adjusted very well.’
Another useful tip from Misty from Worthy of Our Calling was to
Michelle from Be the Fun Mom! says
Also, Check out this cute earflap beanie pattern:
An excellent choice for everyone who has children and would love to see their ears protected in the fresh fall (or spring) wind.