12 Ways to Prepare Your First-Born for a New Sibling

Your first-born may be your most precious gift, but when the second baby comes along, the relationship equations at home are bound to witness some changes. It’s true that a mother’s love for her children is boundless, but it’s natural that your second baby will require more care and attention. You may not differentiate between your first-born and their new sibling, but your first-born may develop perceptions that you have stopped loving and caring for them. If you have not prepared your first-born for their new sibling, they might get jealous or even angry. Such emotions can manifest deep in the psyche and have long term implications. Not every first-born will react negatively to their new sibling, but it’s quite common to see such behavior. To prevent such negativities, you need to properly prepare your first-born for a new sibling. Here’s how you can achieve that goal.

Share the news

After your pregnancy has been confirmed, you can share the news with your first-born. There’s no need to go into details; just let them know they will soon have a new brother or sister. Get them excited about it, so that they can look forward to it as something positive.

Let them hear the baby’s heartbeat:

When the baby is still inside the womb, let your first-born put their ears to your stomach and hear the baby’s heartbeat. This would help them connect with the baby and develop the right frame of mind. They would begin to understand that the baby is part of the family and needs utmost love and care.