While having a baby may be exciting for you, it can be difficult for your preschooler. They will no longer be the only child or the baby of the family. It is important to prepare your child for the new baby as soon as you find out that you are pregnant.
Work on Building a Stronger Relationship Between Your Child and Your Partner
You are going to be very busy with the baby in the first few months. Because of this, it is a good idea to help your child and partner bond, so that your child will have someone they feel close to when you are busy with the baby.
Encourage Your Child’s Connection to the Baby
While you are still pregnant, you should encourage their connection to the baby. The ways to do this include:
- Refer to the baby as “your sister”, “our baby”, or “your baby.” When they feel a relationship with the baby, they will feel less jealous.
- Read books about childbirth with them. You can also read stories where the main character has a new baby brother.
- Take your child to the doctor to hear the baby’s heartbeat. It will help them feel involved with the pregnancy.
- Let them help pick out the baby furniture and paint the nursery. When they feel like they are part of the decision process, they will be less jealous.
Let Your Child Know They Will Have a Very Important Role in the Family
Let your preschooler know that his role in the family will change and he will have more responsibilities as the big brother when the baby comes. When he understands that he will have more responsibilities, he will feel as though he has an important role in the family.
Encourage Your Child to Discuss Their Feelings
It is important to encourage your child to let you know how they are feeling about the baby and your pregnancy. If they feel comfortable discussing their feeling, they will tell you when something is bothering them. You can then try to make them feel better.
Bringing a new baby into the home can be hard on your preschooler. The professionals at our Bay Area Montessori school can work with your child during your pregnancy to make the transition easier. If your child is ready to start school and needs help with the transition, you should consider taking a tour of the school.