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Oh, Brother! Preparing Your Child for a New Sibling

This week, the Triple P Team talks about introducing a new baby into the family dynamic.

A new baby means some major changes for the entire family. Children’s reactions can vary from being helpful with diapers or feedings to jealousy or baby-like behavior. Preparing your child for the new baby will help get their bond off to a good start. Here are some steps you can take to help ease the big life change.

Before Baby Arrives

Babble about babies

Ask your child for help

Stick to the routine

Now That Baby Is Here

When you are ready, have your child meet their new sibling.

Once home, give baby over to your spouse or family member so you can spend some extra time with your elder child, and provide extra snuggles if they are open to it.

Although a new baby can throw the family routine out of whack, try to keep your older child’s routine as close to normal as possible. This includes sticking to regular mealtimes, bedtimes, and other activities.

Toddlers are natural-born helpers and involving them in baby care is a great way to spend extra time together and encourage the sibling bond. Here are some “special helper” ideas:

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