PREPARING YOUR TODDLER FOR A NEW BABY

We are counting down the days…. 67 days to be exact! Although, I’m semi panicking and semi-ready to meet our little bundle of joy! I have had to sit back and look at the bigger picture. Not only will my husband and I be parents of 3 kids. But, E and Millie are going to be a big brother and sister! All of our lives are going to change within the next few months, and I have to keep asking myself. Are we all ready? ​
Focusing on getting everything on my list of baby things, and making sure the nursery is just how I like it. I never really thought about how I also need to prepare the kids to be the best big brother and sister they can be. I know they are so excited to meet their little brother, but I decided to get them prepared for what’s to come in the next few months, and I want to share with you all how exactly I’m doing just that.

TALK ABOUT YOUR BABY AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE

When we first found out we were pregnant, the first thing we did was let our kids know they were going to be a big brother and sister. They were both  excited- Maybe a little clueless to what it all meant. But, we wanted to have an open communication about the whole process as possible. We sat with them and answered all of their silly questions like ” How did you get a baby inside of you?” Well, Jesus planted a little seed inside mommy’s belly, and now we have a baby growing.

Answering these type of questions help them understand a bit more.

INCLUDE THEM IN DOCTOR APPOINTMENTS AND SONOGRAMS

As inconvenient and bored your kids might feel while waiting at the doctor’s office, I make sure to include both children at all my check-ups and ultrasound appointments. Our first ultrasound, the kids were so confused on what they were looking at on the screen. Ethan asked me “Mom, where are the baby’s toys? I don’t see any.” Now every time we head to the doctors, the kids ask “Are we seeing the baby on TV today?” They get just as excited to hear the baby’s heartbeat as well. Oh, and not to mention they love receiving a small toy from the nurses every time they go in. Sticker, bouncy ball, stamp, etc.

EXPLAIN TO THEM ALL THINGS WONDERED

​Every time we get something in the mail, the kids often wonder “What does that thing do?” As hard as it is to explain why Mommy needs a breast pump, and why the baby will be drinking from my boobs. I have found it very easy to explain to them ahead of time how mommies make milk from their bodies to keep the baby from being hungry and why I will need this machine to help me make more milk for when mommy isn’t with their brother. Explaining to them how things will work will give them knowledge beforehand which will make life a little less chaotic when the baby arrives.

LET THEM FEEL THE BUMP  

​This is probably my favorite thing to do. Every time I’m laying down and feel the baby move. I get excited and let E and Millie know their brother is moving, and they run to my belly and put their hands to feel. They love to engage with my growing bump, and I often hear Millie say “WOAH MOM! Your baby is getting big!” Their favorite spot to cuddle is my belly, and I just love how every morning before E gets on the bus, he reaches to my belly and kisses it… They have so much love for my baby bump. It melts me every time.

INCLUDE THEM IN THE NAME GAME

I’ve talked about this topic plenty of times. But, we have yet to find a name for our little babe, and it’s killing me! My husband and I can not come to an agreement, and although we are complete opposites, I often ask my kids “What do you think of blah blah blah?” and we do the “Raise your hand if you like __________.” It’s so much fun, and the kids feel like they are helping us make a huge decision when it comes to choosing the name. Which, technically they are because my FAVORITE boy name came from me overhearing Millie playing with her stuffed animals. And ever since I can’t get that name out of my head… If only my husband would agree to it too! Oh, did I mention Millie is a rockstar at coming up with nicknames for each name we pick?

SHOW THEM BABY PICTURES 

​Being a blogger, I have way too many photos. My kids are all natural when it comes to being in front of the camera. We love to go back and show them old baby pictures and videos from when they were small. It shows them that they too were once babies, and needed all my attention. They feel a sense of love as well, knowing that mom once held them the way babies are to be held and that they too were once in mommy’s belly. They still have a hard time believing they were ever that small.

August 27, 2016

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