It can be difficult to tell your child that you are expecting a baby. Many children feel left out because they are an only child and now they will have to share their parents’ affection and attention. As a parent, you need to know how to make your child deal with their feelings regarding the new addition to your family. Here are some ways to help your child deal with the news that they are getting a sibling:
· Break the news gently- do not immediately tell your child. You should wait until a few days before you have your first ultrasound appointment. This way they can see their new brother or sister and connect the image with the news.
· Include your child in the preparations for the new baby- when you are shopping for the new baby’s nursery ask your child what they think their new brother or sister would like in their room. You need to get your child’s input and help. You can also do craft projects with your child to help decorate the new baby’s room.
· Read books about having a new sibling with your child- there are many books that you can read to your child about bringing a new baby into the family.
· If you are having a baby shower include your child- ask your friends to also include a few presents for your child. If your child sees that the new baby is getting a lot of presents then they will feel jealous.
· Show your child their baby book- reminisce with your child and show them how far they have come since they were a baby. This will show your child how far they have come so that they can find common ground with their new sibling.
· Let your child feel the baby move and kick- this will help your child understand that they are getting a sibling. This will help your child and the new baby connect before the baby is born.
· Buy your child clothes that say big brother or big sister- this will help your child feel a sense of leadership and responsibility towards their new sibling.
· Let your child hold their new sibling- when your new baby is born let your child hold their new sibling. This will allow the children to connect and establish a bond early on.
· Let your child know that you love them- you need to let your child know that you love them and that you will always give them attention and affection.
As a parent, you need to make cohesiveness in your family so that your children know that you love them all the same. Children have sibling rivalries because they are jealous of the attention that their sibling or siblings receive. You need to make sure that all of your children feel like they are important and special to you. Hopefully, these tips will help you deal with telling your child that they will be getting a sibling.