Preparing siblings for new baby

What Siblings Can Do After the Birth

  • Bring diapers to Mom or Dad.
  • Help fold cloth diapers.
  • Help dress, bathe and massage the baby.
  • Even small children can help put on booties and hats.
  • Push the stroller with supervision, and hold onto the stroller when ana dult is pushing it.

When Children will be at the Birth

"I agreed to look after Stephen, age 3, and take him out if he became bored. We went off and made gingerbread men in the kitchen. Then David called us back in because the baby was about to be born. We could soon see the crown of the baby's head. I explained what we were seeing and what was happening. With the next push, the baby's head emerged. Stephen was enthralled! Soon after the baby was born, he sat in the armchair and cuddled her."

(A mother's helper quoted in Homebirth by Sheila Kitzinger, Dorling Kindersley, New York, New York, 1991)

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