Telling Siblings about a New Baby

The decision to have a baby is always an exciting one. Telling your friends and family is an emotional, memorable occasion. And telling a young child that he is about to have a brother or sister is no different, although you will need different tactics than simply blurting out, "I'm pregnant!" Siblings can be jealous of a new baby, or worry that the parents won't be able to love everybody. Here, the parents of Parent Soup share their secrets for telling siblings about a new baby, so that everybody gets excited about the new arrival.

"There is a 5-1/2-year gap between my two sons. My Dr. said that I may have trouble with the oldest when the youngest arrived. He had a stuffed rabbit at the time that was just as big as he was so I unpacked lots of his really small infant clothes and had some infant diapers and the rabbit became his baby! He cared for him, changed his clothes and diapers and took him everywhere. We talked about how special the new baby was to our family and how for so long he had been looking forward to a sibling. We let him participate as much as possible. When baby came home we all slept in the same room together, and we let him feed the baby, even change diapers. We never had any problems with jealousy."

"I prepared my children for the new baby by calling her 'our' baby. I let them pick out small inexpensive gifts to give our baby when she came home. I also bought small inexpensive gifts from the baby to them. Finally, I let the kids help get ready by folding the little clothes and fixing the crib up."

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