When the arrival of a second child is imminent, you will naturally be worried about how you will cope with the shock and excitement. But there are a few things you can do to prepare yourself and your first child for the second one. You may even want to prepare your partner and children for the birth of a second child! To prepare for the arrival of a second child, follow these tips:
Preparing for the arrival of a second baby
Bringing home a second child can be daunting, especially if you’ve just had your first. But don’t worry – it’s a completely different process than the first. Our Pregnant Chickens, who are beautiful princess angels, share tips and reminders for parents who are preparing to welcome their second child into their family. And remember, you can do it, too.
First of all, prepare for the arrival of your second child. As a parent of a firstborn, you’re probably thrilled to see your baby become a big brother or sister, but you’re probably also nervous about having another child. After all, your firstborn has already experienced the world spinning around him, and he’s the one who’s used to life as it is.
Preparing your child for the big reveal
One of the most fun parts of preparing for your second baby’s arrival is letting your firstborn know about her new sibling. Write a letter telling her that she will make a great big sister and that her younger sibling will love her. You can even let your firstborn know that she’ll get a gift from baby no. 1. This is sure to be a hit with both your children!
Your eldest child was once the sole focus of your attention. Now you are preparing your second child to become the focus of your attention. You may even find it difficult to adjust to a second baby’s new family members. You will likely find it difficult to balance the demands of your eldest child with the responsibilities of caring for your new child. But with a little planning and patience, you’ll have a baby to be proud of!
Preparing your partner for the birth of a second child
Your first pregnancy was focused on your eldest child. Now that you’re expecting a second child, you’re preparing yourself and your partner for a whole new set of challenges. The baby will be your new focus. You’ll have to deal with a completely different set of emotions and problems. And you’ll have to deal with a different kind of partner, since you’ll both have to take turns caring for the new baby.
You and your partner should make sure you’re on the same page when it comes to having a second child. There may be times when your goals and priorities diverge, such as the timing of the birth. If you both have very different goals, be sure to make it clear to your partner so there is no confusion. Even your career may take a backseat if you want to take care of the new child.
Preparing your first child for the arrival of a second child
It’s normal to feel overwhelmed by the thought of caring for a new baby, but the best way to help your older child prepare for the arrival of a sibling is to include her in the process. Read storybooks about siblings to give her a better understanding of the process. If possible, take her to see a friend’s baby, and involve her in the preparations. Though involving your older child can feel overwhelming at first, he’ll be glad to help. If possible, let him/her help you with the newborn baby’s room. Alternatively, he/she can spend time with another family with a baby, and learn to hold a child while you supervise.
Your older child might feel jealous of the new baby. The first child will have spent more time together, so he/she may not bond as well with the second. As a result, he or she may ignore the new baby or have different reactions. Be sure to talk about the baby ahead of time, so that your child won’t overdue the discussion. Even if your older child doesn’t immediately express his/her excitement, it will help him/her get used to the change.