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Getting Your Child To Accept Your Newborn
Family & Kids
Adding another child to your family is such an amazing feeling, but your other child may not know what to expect.
My 4 year old did not want another baby in our home because he was used to the attention being on him. He worried about having to share his toys and his mommy.
I took my son to my final ultrasound of his baby brother. When he saw him move around on the screen he was amazed and he had the biggest smile. Not the reaction I remembered when I mentioned I was going to have another baby.
My son seeing his brother made him understand he would be happy with someone else in our home.
Step 1: Explain what having a sibling means. All children love to play so having a new playmate at home instead of waiting for park days or birthday parties to play with other children can excite them.
Step 2: Bring out the baby toys. I brought out baby toys sanitized them and allowed my 4yr old to play with them. I told him he could teach his brother how to play different games with his toys.
Step 3: Clothes. Go to the store allow your child to pick out your babies going home outfit. It'll let him/her know that they aren't being left out.
Step 4: Ultrasound. Take your child to your ultrasound appointments. This allows them to connect with you and your unborn child.
Step 5: Let your child help set up the nursery. Answer any questions he has. My son asked why there was a rocking chair in his brothers room. I answered by telling him that some days his brother would be upset and would stop crying if we rocked him and sang to him. He then proceeded to sitting in the chair acted like he had his brother and started singing "twinkle twinkle little star," I burst into tears because I knew he was finally ready for his brother!
I know it's a bit much and may not make sense to some people but it helped me out and now my 4 year old helps me with my 4 month old.
When baby Leo cries his brother stands next to his crib and sings to him. While my 4 year old sings, his baby bro gets a big smile.
I'm just so happy he hasn't shone any sign of jealousy. He doesn't let his brother out of sight!!
Hopefully this will help some momma's out there! ☺️