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Chapter 4: Navigating with a new baby > Preparing the kids for a new baby

Preparing the kids for a new baby

Kids cope best when they know what to expect, so it’s worth spending time preparing children for the arrival of their future sibling. This doesn’t need to be a serious event. Involving your kids in planning for the baby’s arrival can include activities such as:

setting up the baby’s bassinet. Allow your toddler or preschooler to help you. Talk about how much babies sleep during the day and how they wake up overnight. Let them know that Mum will need to wake up overnight too and may be tired for a little while after the baby is born.

making meals in advance. Allow your older kids to help you cook. Talk about how the new baby may be unsettled in the early evenings and how having meals in the freezer to go will help make life easier on days when the baby doesn’t sleep so well. Explain how they will need to use their time wisely when the baby is sleeping to do reading and homework activities.


  

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