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How to introduce your child to their new sibling

Jamie Furness    June 30, 2023    2 min read   

By Happy Hearts 

Introduce the idea early: The idea that Mummy is pregnant can be a strange concept for younger children so it is good to give them some time to get used to the idea.
For younger children reading them stories that include pregnant mummies and new babies can be a great way to introduce the concept. Show them pictures of pregnant tummies and explain that yours will look like that soon. 

Make any big changes early on: Does your toddler need to move rooms or beds to make space for the new baby, or begin toilet training? It’s a good idea to do this in advance so that the transition can be more about them being a “big kid” now and not about being forced out by their sibling. 

Plan your hospital visit: Make a time for your child to visit the baby as you feel comfortable after birth. When they arrive, try to have your hands free ready to give them a big hug before introducing the new baby. Let them touch and cuddle the baby safely. Don’t force anything, your children will form their own bonds as they grow together. Just help your first child feel secure and loved as you all welcome the new baby.

Settling in at home: Getting your first child to help with the new baby is a great way to make them feel part of the experience. You can ask them what they think the baby is saying when they coo, or help when you’re picking out baby blankets or clothes. If you need any support or have any more questions, please don’t hesitate to ask our qualified Happy Hearts child care team. We would love to speak with you!

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Jamie Furness