Having a new baby in the home can be rather difficult for everyone, not to mention the only child who’s not used to sharing the house or their parents with anyone. If you’re about to bring home a new sibling and want some tips to help prepare your only child for a new sibling, then continue reading for some of my best tips yet!
How to Prepare Your Only Child for a New Sibling
Read Books About New Babies
There are many children’s books available that will help your only child start to learn about a new baby. From the arrival date to the things that may happen and feelings that your only child may have, there’s a child’s book for each of those topics. These children’s books will help your only child start to develop a general idea of what having a new sibling means.
Talk About The Hospital Stay
An only child may not know what to expect when their mom or dad is gone for long periods of time at the hospital during the birth and arrival of their new baby sibling. That’s why it’s very important to talk about this earlier on in the pregnancy. Allow your only child to ask questions and answer them in an age-appropriate way so that they can be prepared for the time when their parents have to leave to stay at the hospital.
If your only child will stay at the hospital with you, some hospitals allow this, then you’ll want to prepare them for what to expect during this sleepover at the hospital with mommy and daddy.
While some only children embrace their new sibling with open arms and have very minimal issues, other children may regress a bit. It’s very common for your only child to start having feelings of jealousy because a new baby requires a lot more attention. As a parent, you should be prepared for any regression in your only child during this transition of having not one, but two children.
You may want to prepare for this with a plan on how to spend some quality time each day with your only child during those first few months of having a baby in the home. This will help your only child realize that they’re still just as important as their new sibling and minimize the risks of any regressive behavior.
Have Your Child Help
Your only child can help with various preparations for a new sibling. You can have them pick out a new blanket or toy for the new sibling, have your only child work with you to prepare the nursery and be a part of the process of getting the home prepared for a new baby.
Getting your only child involved in the preparation for a new sibling will help them feel important during this change in their life. An only child that helps with the process of getting the home ready for their new sibling will feel like they have a role in the family unit, even if there’s a new child in the mix.
Bringing a new sibling home to an only child is difficult for everyone. A new baby will change the family unit and how the family runs forever. The transition of going from an only child to a big brother doesn’t have to be scary though if you use the tips I shared today you should be able to help your only child transition from only child to big brother in no time.