I realized as I was getting ready to write this that we’ve now prepped siblings for a new baby three times. Phew! Here are a few things we do to help the older kids get ready:
-get the new baby a bear. We always go to Build-A-Bear, because it’s a little more involved than picking out a bear at the store. The older kids consult with each other (and me), to decide which stuffed animal to make for the new baby. And they all kiss the little red heart that goes in the bear (come on — sigh with me for a minute).
-check the baby’s progress. The kids loved to see pictures of how big the baby was and to keep track of its progress (“he’s about the size of an orange this week…now he can probably hear…”) Mentioning the hearing might have been a mistake, though, because after that the kids kept shouting messages at my belly. Babycenter is a great site that allows you to click on your week of pregnancy to see the baby’s progress.
–get presents for the older kids. Not anything big and fancy. I always got the older kids inexpensive books, but they would have been happy with something like a box of animal crackers or a small toy, too. When you think about it — you’re getting presents. The new baby’s getting presents. It only seems fair for the older kids to feel special also.
Some of our favorite books on new brothers and sisters:
The Berenstein Bears and Baby Makes Five by Stan and Jan Berenstein
Froggy’s Baby Sister by Jonathan London
The New Baby by Mercer Mayer
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This is Day 16 of 31 Days of Baby Stuff. Click here to read the rest of the series.