Bringing Home Baby: 8 Ways to Prepare Older Siblings

"When I was pregnant for the second time, we bought our daughter a baby doll and had her feed and change the doll. I also made sure to spend extra time with her, letting her know we loved her and would love her just the same after the baby arrived."

"When I was almost six months along, we told our daughter that we were having a baby. I felt this gave her less time to wait. I didn't think she would believe the reality of the new baby if she had to wait seven or eight months. We also involved our daughter in planning for the baby. We went through all of her old baby clothes and furniture, allowing her to decide what baby could use and what was special to her. To my relief, she was very giving. When I went shopping for new baby items, I let my daughter pick out a pair of socks or a hair ribbon for herself. That eased the jealousy."

"We shared our excitement with our older child and let her touch and talk to the baby whenever she wanted. She loved it!"

"We checked out a sibling packet from the library that had books for the soon-to-be big brother or sister and for moms and dads on how to help the older child. We also went on a tour of the hospital just for siblings."

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