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New Sibling Arrival

New Sibling Arrival (KidsHealth.Org)

“As your due date draws near, make arrangements for older kids for the time when you’re in the hospital. Discuss these plans so kids know what to expect when the day arrives.” Try to keep the same routine going up until around the baby’s arrival. If you are planning any room changes to accommodate the new baby then do it a few weeks before the baby arrives. Have older children help out and explain to the younger ones what’s going on and why certain changes have to be made. If your child shows more interest in the baby, these activities can encourage that:

  • Going through your child’s baby pictures
  • Reading books about childbirth that’s age appropriate
  • Visiting friends who have infants
  • Packing a bag for the hospital
  • Thinking of potential baby names
  • Going to the doctor to hear the baby’s heartbeat

You might also want to try to enroll into some sibling arrival, preparing for newborns, and other childbirth education classes. This will increase your knowledge about newborns and relationships between family members and baby. If your children at home don’t take an interest in the newborn right away then don’t be alarm. This just means that it will take some time for him/her to get used to the idea of having a new baby in the family. Take advantage of one on one time with other members of the family and acknowledge your kids’ feelings by having them express their feelings toward the new baby.

Reference:

KidsHealth.Org (2011). Preparing your child for a new sibling. Kids Health from Nemours: The Nemours Foundation. Retrieved from http://kidshealth.org/parent/emotions/feelings/sibling_prep.html#

Information on this site is intended for Angel Kids Pediatrics patients only. Always consult your doctor before beginning, modifying, or discontinuing any treatment plan.

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