Preparing Your Preschooler For A New Sibling
Preparing your preschooler for a new sibling can be a daunting task. On the one hand, you are extremely excited about having the new baby. So will your preschooler also be excited. Still, you will probably both have some apprehensions, although for different reasons. Fortunately, there are some things that you can keep in mind when preparing your preschooler for a new sibling that may help to make the transition smoother.
The first thing that you need to do when preparing your preschooler for a new sibling is to just talk about it with your preschooler. Tell your preschooler that he will soon be a big brother. From there, you really can allow your preschooler to lead the conversation. He is going to ask you the things that matter to him. For example, he may be much more concerned about what the baby will look like than where the baby will sleep. By listening to your preschooler, you can hear what his concerns are, and address them effectively.
When preparing your preschooler for a new sibling, make sure you remember that you are talking to a preschooler. There are things that she will just not understand, for example. Instead of telling your preschooler that the new sibling will come in seven months, you might consider telling your preschooler that the new sibling will be arriving just right before Halloween. Using language that your preschooler can understand, and speaking in concrete terms rather than abstract terms, will help prepare your preschooler for a new sibling in a much more effective way than giving a lecture to your preschooler.
Finally, help your preschooler know what to expect with a new sibling. If the preschooler and the new sibling will be sharing a room, you might consider moving the furniture around well before the birth. Talk with your preschooler about where he will be during the birth, and about what the new sibling will be able to do and understand at first. You can even encourage your preschooler to talk to his new sibling while the new sibling is still in your belly, and allow your preschooler to feel the baby kick.