Hi there :). I took a little break from blogging over the Thanksgiving holiday so I can get my new site up and running. Doesn’t it look awesome?! The talented Jenny from PB&J Designs designed my new site and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the result! It’s not 100% done yet but almost there. I highly recommend her…she’s awesome!
I’m in week 40 people! My due date is only four days away and while I’m anxiously awaiting the arrival of the new baby, I’m also trying to cherish every minute I have with my son, Philip, who will be two next month.
It’s bittersweet for me because it has been him and I most of the time for the past two years and we’ve created such a special bond, and in a few short days this will change forever. Here are some of my favorites of the two of us…
However, I know that giving him a sibling so close in age is one of the greatest gifts I can give him, and I can’t wait to see him thrive in his new role as big brother.
Preparing a toddler for a new baby isn’t always easy because you think they are too young to understand, but we need to give them more credit because they absolutely know something is up when baby is on the way!
Philip rubs my belly and says “baby,” but I’m not sure if he really gets it. I do know he will get it very quickly when we bring his new brother or sister home and he doesn’t have mommy’s full attention anymore, so I want to do all I can to prepare my toddler for a new baby in the family.
Here are some things we’ve done to prepare our toddler for his big promotion:
- We talk about the new baby a lot. I show him my belly and explain that his brother/sister is in there. I also tell him about when he was in my belly.
- I bring him to my doctor’s appointment when appropriate (this isn’t by choice but I don’t have many childcare options). It is actually awesome because he has been able to see the ultrasound and hear the heartbeat. Philip gets a huge smile on his face every time he hears the heartbeat <3.
- I show him pictures when he was a newborn and explain how excited we were to welcome him into the family.
- My husband and I talk him up a lot! We tell him how he’s going to be the BEST big brother and explain some things he will teach the new baby.
- We read him books about preparing your toddler for a new baby. Some examples include, I’m Going to Be a Big Brother by Brenda Bercun or A New Baby is Coming, A Guide for a Big Brother or Sister by Emily Menendez-Aponte.
- I’ve been making a point to spend a lot of time with him even when I have a million things to do around the house. My favorite is cuddling on the couch and reading.
- I’ve been explaining all of the new baby items and their function.
- I encourage him to be my helper to get ready for the baby, even if this means stacking diapers or putting baby clothes in a pile…aka a big mess, but that’s ok :).
- We are going to have him help pick out a gift for the new baby that he can give to the new baby when he meets him/her for the first time. We were thinking a stuffed animal and a balloon that Philip can bring to the hospital.
When we arrive home with the new baby for the first time I plan on having my husband carry in the baby so I can greet Philip. It seems like something so small but I think it’s important.
Also, after the baby arrives and we adjust to life as a family of four, I plan to make an effort to do special activities with Philip when the baby is sleeping or spending time with Dad. I will make it a point to tell him that this is his special “mommy time,” even if its as simple as taking a walk with just him or reading him a book.
I hope this helps you while preparing your toddler for a new baby. Comment below to add more suggestions please!
I know it might be tough in the beginning for him to adjust with life with a new sibling but I’m confident he will do great and step up to the plate as an awesome big brother :).
Have a great day everyone!