Last Updated on October 2, 2020
Well, you just found out you’re pregnant, and the instant joy and happiness dissipate to give a warm welcome to panic and the feeling of being scared of messing up. We’ve all been there, so don’t worry!
But wait.. this time it’s different, you already have a child, and now you’re wondering the best way to break it to them. It can be a tricky situation, but you must realize a way that can promote your well being as well as your child’s.
Here, we will help you get your child mentally prepared for a new baby sibling!
1. When you find out
It’s commonly known that most parents have difficulty coming up with a way to explain to their baby the changes that his/her mom will have in the next few months.
Because let’s be honest, depending on your child’s age, he or she may not fully grasp what you are trying to explain. Simply saying that your child will have a new little sister or little brother won’t do because children are curious and need (demand) answers.
If your child is a pre-schooler, they will have a hard time understanding and grasping the situation. But depending on your parenting style, you may avoid some questions or fully answer them, just make sure your child isn’t more confused by your answers!
2. Keep your child in the loop
One thing you shouldn’t do is to keep your child out of the situation since this could be detrimental to the children’s health because they could feel excluded from the family dynamic.
Having a conversation where you tell them that they too were babies and mommy and daddy as well could easily make things more real for your little one.
It’s also a good parenting idea to ask their opinion, for example, the color of the crib, clothes, some new toys. This way, the idea that a new baby is inside mommy’s belly becomes much more clearer.
3. Prepare to the max
In the months left to you giving birth, you must do everything in your power to prepare. Read all the books you can, do your research, go to some parenting counseling, if you feel inclined.