How to Introduce a New Baby in the Family
A new baby is coming and you are jumping with joy at this exciting new addition to the family! If you’re a first-time parent, you might be feeling a bit nervous about looking after a new baby. If this isn’t your first child, perhaps you are worried about how the baby’s siblings are going to handle a new arrival into your home. Either way, a new baby brings a lot of happiness and love into a home. But you might soon find out that there are a lot of other people to consider so that everyone stays happy and relaxed around your
Either way, a new baby brings a lot of happiness and love into a home. But you might soon find out that there are a lot of other people to consider so that everyone stays happy and relaxed around your baby.
Introducing Grandparents to a New Baby
The relationship grandparents have with their grandchildren is unique and one to treasure. It’s important to respect a new baby’s grandparents as being those who are there to help, support and love your growing family. Some grandparents find it difficult to only give advice when asked or maintain distance when appropriate. If you’re happy to have grandparents around to pitch in as much as possible that’s great, but it’s important to remain calm and firm if you decide you need the house to yourselves or some time to build your relationship with your new baby without others interfering.
Introducing Siblings to a New Baby
It can be really daunting for a sibling to suddenly have a new baby brother or sister. Depending on your child’s age, you can prepare them for a baby’s arrival by:
- Reading picture story books about new additions to the family
- Having your child own a baby doll, pram, bath or highchair. Encourage them to hold the baby gently and discuss why that’s important
- Have your child choose a special present they can give the baby
The wait for a new baby to arrive can seem so long for children! When your baby does come home you might consider:
- Involving your child in caring for their new baby brother or sister. Ask them to lay out nappies for you or if they are older children, they may assist in bathing the baby. This will help them build confidence and your trust in being around the baby
- If you are breastfeeding, sit in a spot where your other child can cuddle up with you too so that they aren’t feeling left out of the close bond you have with your newborn
Introducing Pets to a New Baby
When introducing pets to a new baby, it’s important to take it slow. If your pet is outside, you can initially introduce it to your baby through the window. Acting carefully, you can bring your baby and pet closer together but never leave a newborn alone with a pet. Pets can become jealous and are unpredictable. But with time and plenty of praise for being gentle, your pet can become fully accustomed to and even protective of the latest addition to your family.
At Mindarie Keys Early Learning School, our child care educators are always willing to work with a family’s needs. We can assist future siblings to become accustomed to having a baby in their home. For more information about our quality education and looking for babies, toddlers and kindy child care services, contact Mindarie Keys Early Learning School today.