4. Schedule One on One time with Your Toddler
The photo above was taken when my brother took my daughter to the park for some one on one time right after my son was born. Doesn’t she look positively thrilled to be out and about on her own, the sole focus of attention? My husband and I regularly schedule outings with our eldest while one of us takes care of the baby. Even if it’s as simple as sitting down together to enjoy a muffin at the corner bakery, or taking a trip to the library, your older child will cherish one on one time spent with her parents, sans baby. Here are some great ways to get out and enjoy nature with your toddler.
5. Hit the Books
Speak your tot’s language by reading him meaningful bedtime stories on the topic of bringing home baby. Two of our favorite books on baby’s homecoming are: What Baby Needs and Baby on the Way, both by Dr. William Sears M.D, Martha Sears R.N. and Christie Watts Kelly. My daughter loved reading these books while I was pregnant with her brother, and they really helped her achieve an understanding of what was to come in our household and our lives. Reading these ‘stories’ also makes a very complex topic more relatable for young children.
An additional option: You may want to use a birthing doll to help your child understand his baby sibling’s birth and to learn about why/how mommy is breastfeeding.
Readers: What are your tips on helping older siblings cope with baby’s homecoming?
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