How do you prepare for your child to have a sibling?

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
4404 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I am in a similar situation and am commenting to follow. I’m wondering the same thing!


Post # 3
2696 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My DD will almost be 3 when her sibling arrives. We didn’t start talking about the baby with her until the last few months.

We approach it in a positive manner. Tell her how the baby will love her, and that she is going to be an AWESOME big sister. I’ve tried my best to make her feel proud that she’s going to be the big sis. I’ve kept her involved with showing her things for the baby as I buy them. We also recently potty-trained her, and she’s becomming really keen on the whole, “I’m a big girl, not a baby” attitude, which I think will help when it comes to the baby arriving.

Now how this actually all goes down is another story. DD is a mama’s girl, so I don’t think she is really going to like seeing a baby attached to me all the time. I’m going to try very hard to keep her involved. She loves helping, so asking her to get things for the baby (diapers, wipes, etc) will hopefully keep her happy and make her feel like she is involved. I also know I will need to really put a lot of effort into making sure i spend one-on-one time with her so she doesn’t feel put-aside.

Post # 4
941 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

We started exposing our son to more time around other babies, especially where I held the babies. He was slightly older (4 when DD was born), but I think it helped him understand what it meant that there was going to be another kiddo around. We also made sure he was involved as much as he wanted to be once DD was born (helping change diapers, feeding her, bathing her, holding her, etc) – really put him in the “big brother” role early. 

Post # 6
2782 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Peach_Cobbler:  My son is six….so he’s obviously a bit older, and it’s quite easy to talk to him about baby.  For us, we talk to him often, ask him if he’s excited, reassure him he will not be asked to change diapers (he really doesn’t want to change diapers LOL).  He’s included in name discussions, and he attends ultrasound appointments with us.  It’s “our” baby — meaning the whole families.  For us, it’s as simple as that.


For a younger sibling– you say your daughter doesn’t talk– but that doesn’t mean she can’t hear and understand.  Get a picture book and point to a baby and say “baby”.  Then point to your belly and say baby.  She’s likely to start understanding.

I have a friend who’s sone turned two in January– but he’s already a talker.  The new baby was born in March.  Big brother LOVES his baby brother.  


I think the most important thing is to make sure your daughter still feels like the’s the center of the universe, but now she has to share her central role with the new baby.  There’s no reason to take that feeling away from her– she’s still just as important as she was before there was a new baby.



Post # 7
2803 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014


Peach_Cobbler:  I agree with MrsEME:  At 18 months it was AMAZING to see what our niece was capable of comprehending even if she couldn’t have a discussion.   I showed her a book from our wedding, and she actually recognized where it was and the people. 

I would pick up a few “big sister” books and talk to her about it.   Even if she can’t ask questions doens’t mean she isn’t getting the information in. 

Post # 8
82 posts
Worker bee

Well my son is 6 and has Down Syndrome, so I guess I was a bit unsure how he might feel. Joey is used to being the center of attention, and we really need to work on sharing actually… What I did was pull out a baby doll (named “Baby” lol) to practice being sweet with. My phone’s acting up, but here’s an Insta-pic I just posted on another thread of Joey putting the “Baby” night-night 🙂

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