How To Tell Your Toddler About A New Baby
If You’re Pregnant, Here’s How To Tell Your Toddler About A New Baby
How do you tell your toddler about a new baby? As soon as you find out your are pregnant with your second child, it’s one of the big questions you might have. Especially if your first child is still pretty young…
As I’m now pregnant with our second child, we’ve been telling our toddler, who’s two, that she will become a big sister soon. Here’s how we did it.
Telling Your Toddler They Are Having A Baby Sibling – Soon!
Eliza is only two, which is a slightly difficult age to tell that she is getting a new sister. Two is young enough not to understand, but old enough to understand a bit.
Toddlers do probably understand an lot more than you’d think, and they can also pick-up on unconscious vibes. So as babies were a topic we’d all be talking about a lot, we wanted the new baby to be something that she was always aware of, and not a big “Surprise! Look what this is in your old cot” nine months later.
Here’s Are Some Ideas We Used To Tell Our Toddler About The New Baby:
We were honest all along and didn’t hide it.
Pretty early on we just told her there was a baby growing in Mummy’s tummy – sorry, anatomy purists – and she seemed quite interested in this idea.
Great, we thought. Until two minutes later she started prodding at her own and saying ‘look Mummy, there’s a baby in MY tummy!’
PS – also be warned that they are likely to tell everyone, so make sure you are ready to have the news shared.
Books are a brilliant idea for telling toddlers about a new baby.
There are lots of great books for telling a toddler about a new baby. We turned to our trusty Miffy box set as handily, there is a Miffy book about this.
There’s a Miffy book about everything, from the cradle to – literally – the grave. We don’t talk about Dear Grandma Bunny though, I’m still in shock.
We made sure our toddler was involved in the pregnancy.
Every morning when she came into our bed, she kissed my stomach and said “Hi, baby.” Something that we incredibly cute that we encouraged!
We took her along to appointments and scan.
This was often a necessity, but it helped to have her involved. She also came along to a scan, and she loved seeing her sister on the screen and it helped it feel real for her.
We made her nursery aware, and they helped:
Early on they said she never stopped talking about the baby, so they talked about it with her, as well as reading all the relevant books with her.