(WTNH)-Whether you are royalty, like the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge or regular folks like ourselves, bringing a new baby into the family is an exciting time. Yet with this excitement it’s important to remember it’s also a sensitive issue for the “new” big brother/sister. Dr. Patty Ann Tublin has tips on how to handle the announcement and the arrival of a baby at home.
- Break the news to your child:
HOW: keep it simple- the younger the child – the simpler the message – Preface the news by telling your child how very much you love them & you will never stop loving them. Reinforce nothing will ever replace them in your hearts & then tell them they are going to be a big brother or big sister b/c mommy has a baby in her belly.
Make a big deal out of the CHILDS role in the establishment of the new family & how the new sibling is so lucky to have such a great big brother or sister.
WHEN to break the news: for children under 2- 2 1/2 – tell them during the last trimester of the pregnancy -and connect the due date to something they are already familiar with – e.g. the new baby is due around Thanksgiving, the summertime, etc.
- Include your child in as much prep work for the baby as possible- show them the ultrasound pictures, let them pick out baby clothes/furniture – the goal is to make sure the child DOES NOT FEEL THEY ARE BEING REPLACED.
- Bring the sibling to the hospital to meet the new baby – allow them to be involved in the care as much as is safely possible.
- Once home – include your child in the new baby’s care as much as possible.
- Have some little gifts for the sibling – as they will see all the gifts coming to the newborn.
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