How to Prepare Your Toddler for a New Baby
Hey, lovely mommy! Are you ready for another baby? What about your toddler? Is he/she ready? You can totally juggle (not literally) a newborn and a toddler. First off, make sure you prepare your toddler. Here’s what you can do to prepare your toddler for a new baby:
Talk with your toddler about what newborn babies are like. Tell your toddlers that they, too, used to be babies and show them their baby photos. Tell them that babies mainly sleep, nurse and cry. Let them know that little babies need to be safely held because they’re very delicate. Tell stories about how you took care of them when they were still a baby.
Educate them about nursing babies
Try to find opportunities for your toddlers to see you nursing your baby. It’s usual for children to be curious when they see that you’re breastfeeding the baby. Simply tell them that nursing is how you feed the baby. You may explain that mommies make milk for babies. Point out that the baby can’t eat foods that little kids eat. So, the baby will have to be nursed.
Boost their Morale
Let your toddler know that he/she is going to be a big brother/sister. Discuss things that big boys/girls do for their little siblings. Carefully instruct them how they can help with the baby. Tell them to talk gently when the baby sleeps, sing to baby to make the baby sleep, and to help mommy get diapers, wipes, and water bottle. Don’t forget to thank them and praise them for helping out in taking care of the baby.
It can be handy to have little kids around. You can ask them to fetch stuff for you. Even if your parents live next door, you can’t have them all day at the house. So, appreciate your kids for the little help that they give.