Even though you have gone through pregnancy and childbirth before. Being aware of the upcoming changes and helping your older child understand what to expect is the best way to prepare for this joyful event.
Understand your first baby’s needs before you give birth so you can plan things in a systematic way.
- Encourage your toddler to interact and play with other children, perhaps in a playgroup. This helps your child develop the social skills they need to get along well with their new sibling.
- Get help from your elders because you can’t pay attention to both of them at the same time. Explain their feeding and sleeping times, your older child’s likes and dislikes to your elders so that they can take care accordingly.
- Remind visitors to pay attention to your big child, not just the baby.
- Point out the benefits of being an older child, such as choosing what to eat, being able to go to the park and play, and having friends.
- If you do not have the help of family elders, hire a babysitter a few months before the birth so that your baby and the babysitter get to know each other.
Dr. Y. Alekhya