PREPARING A TODDLER FOR A SIBLING

Bringing a newborn into the world is daunting enough, but try to imagine it through the eyes of your toddler.

Since deciding we wanted to have another baby, I have always kept Pollyanna at the front of my thoughts.

With Pollyanna it was Blue we worried about, but since we know how wonderful he is with Pollyanna, we know he will be just fine at adjusting to the little boy we will be bringing home in October.

From the get-go I have had people warning me of the jealousy that will come from Pollyanna (although I don’t think it will).
I have been doing my best to hopefully try to avoid this.

TELL YOUR TODDLER THERE IS A BABY IN YOUR BELLY

From the moment we knew I was pregnant, we told Pollyanna.
Pointing to my not-there-yet-belly and telling her “There’s a baby in here.”

She soon cottoned on and when we asked her “Where’s the baby?” she would point to my tummy”

*White Dress, River Island (not maternity and half price)
*Rope Sandals, Nomadic State of Mind

LET YOUR TODDLER KISS YOUR STOMACH

Adam kisses my belly and talks to the bump, which Pollyanna instantly started to mimic.


It’s a way for her to bond with the baby without even realising it.

POLLYANNAS OUTFIT

*White dress, River Island
Shell Braclet, Local shop in Spain
Bow, Next
*White Leather Sandals, Palmaira Sandals (come in lots of colors)

NAME THE BABY

We found out the sex (a great excuse for a gender reveal party), and have known a name from quite early on.
Although be warned boy’s names are so much more difficult.

Knowing the gender helped us give the baby a name.
Now Pollyanna responds to his name and is already saying it around the house.

If you don’t know a name, try a nickname.

LET YOUR TODDLER PICK THINGS FOR THE NEW BABY

Try to let your toddler join in with as much as you can when it comes to the new baby.
Take them shopping to choose clothing, or let them pick things for the nursery. Having them involved will help them to feel a part of it.

When the baby is here, they will also get excited when you dress the new baby in something they have chosen.

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