It’s hard being an older sibling! For kids who are used to getting all of mommy and daddy’s attention at all times, the arrival of a sibling can really put a damper on things. Preparing your little one for a new baby can set the tone for the next phase in their development, as well as their relationship with their new sibling. While jealousy and sibling rivalry are totally normal emotions, there are ways you as a parent can help alleviate some of those negative feelings. Here, some top tips on paving the way for baby number two (or three! or four!) and building a strong, happy and nurturing family unit for the entire brood.
The best time to start preparing your older child for a new sibling is during your pregnancy. By making your older child feel included throughout your pregnancy, you’re making them a part of the process. So when do you spill the beans that new baby is on the way? Experts suggest waiting until the second trimester, when your belly is starting to show and your child can actually see there is indeed a baby in there.
If your child is old enough, you and your spouse can get creative in how you want to share the news. Gifting your child with an ‘Older Brother’ or ‘Older Sister’ t-shirt is a fun way to get them excited. Or bake a pre-birthday cake for the baby-to-be. Because…cake! But however you decide to break the news, make sure your older one feels included and knows that the new baby will be a big part of their life, too.
Additional ways to make sure your kids feel included in the process are:
- Bring them to your doctor’s appointments so they can hear the baby’s heartbeat.
- Read them age-appropriate books about childbirth and new siblings.
- Ask them to help you think of potential baby names.
- Visit friends who have babies.
- Ask them to help you pack your hospital bag.
After you and baby are back home from the hospital, you can ask your older one to “help” mommy out. Have your big sib entertain baby by talking to them, tickling their feet or making funny faces. Ask your big guy or gal to accompany you on stroller walks with the baby. This can give the two of you time to talk while baby is in their buggy. You can also have your older child hang out in their Grand DockATot nearby while you feed the baby.
The DockATot Deluxe was created for co-sleeping families, which makes it easier for older siblings to also get in on the act of family snuggle time. DockATot has protective sides that help prevent any other family members from rolling over onto the baby while cuddling. Snuggling is worry-free with DockATot!
DockATot founder and mom-of-two Lisa Furuland created the DockATot baby lounger when her first child was born. She was unable to find the perfect multitasking lounging product to fit his needs and wanted something more snug and versatile that mimicked the womb. Lisa believes that every baby needs and deserves to be surrounded by a snug, comfortable environment every day of their lives.
DockATot is also the ideal spot for baby to chill out in so they can seamlessly be a part of the rest of the family’s activities. Older kids can eat their breakfast or do homework with their new little sibling comfortably hanging out within arm’s reach. Not only does this make bonding easier, but it lets mom and dad keep an eye on all their littles at the same time! DockATot’s multifunctional aspects make it a must have newborn essential for growing, busy families.
DockATot provides reliable comfort, along with a safe and secure place for little ones to rest, nap and sleep all in a convenient manner. Making sure they are getting their much needed rest and sleep is especially important with the days getting longer, warmer and even busier.
DockATot™ ($185-290) has been designed to offer a safe, snug and soothing environment for babies, the next best thing to the womb. It also reduces Flat Head Syndrome also known as Positional plagiocephaly, which is a result of a baby lying on one side of the head more than the other.
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