Help Prepare Siblings for the New Baby Include them in the process!
The child's reaction will depend on the child's age and how the parents handle the pregnancy: <ul><li>Children up to two years of age may not be aware or concerned about the changes going on. </li></ul><ul><li>A 2 year old child (who need stability) start noticing when the mother or the household changes This child may become more clingy and revert back to dependent behaviors (such as needing to be fed and reversal of toilet training. Reassure this child that they have a very important role in the family. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Children at 3-4 years of age ask question about how they came to be and they like to listen to the baby's heart rate and feel the baby move. </li></ul><ul><li>School age children are more concerned about the practical matters of pregnancy, such as how the baby got in there and how the baby will get out. </li></ul><ul><li>Early and middle adolescents are more concerned about having to come to grips with the fact that their mother is sexually active. They might be embarrassed. They might think their mother is too old to be interested in sex or too old to take care of a baby. Dealing with the response of the early/ middle adolescent can be very challenging. </li></ul>
¿Questions? <ul><li>Answer the child's questions about the pregnancy, the transition of the baby from womb to world, and what babies are like. </li></ul>
Getting Acquainted <ul><li>If possible, have the child observe and interact with babies so they know what to expect from the baby. </li></ul>
Be Prepared! <ul><li>Take the child to sibling preparation classes and a hospital tour. </li></ul>