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Congratulations! Today is your due date – apparently, although no one really knows for sure. What we do know though is that your new little Prince or Princess’s arrival is fairly imminent and little George will no longer be the only child.
I am not going to lie, it’s going to be a big shock for you, Wills and George when a new baby comes along. Your current routine is going to be thrown out and to have both a demanding baby and a toddler is tough going. But I am sure you will cope – you have to.
Don’t be upset if there is a little bit of jealousy from George to start off with. It’s a natural response and he’ll get over it, he really will!
I am sure you have been doing all you can to make the transition from only child to big brother as easy as possible for him – talking to him about the new baby, taking him along to scans and Midwife appointments etc.
Having been there several times, I wanted to offer you a couple of tips:
- Introduce George to the new baby BEFORE anyone else! If he knows he is the first one to see the new baby, then it will make him feel so special. make sure you tell him what a super big brother he is going to be.
- Get the baby to give him a gift. It doesn’t have to be a big gift, just a little token. When we had Kyla, Jake was only 17 months old. He was first to see her and we pulled out a little surprise for him from the baby. We also did this when Abigail and Zachary came along.
- Get George to pick a gift for the baby. We found this worked so well with ours. We got the siblings to pick out a special gift/outfit for the new baby. They were ever so proud when they handed it to the new baby!
- Tell visitors to not forget about George! You are going to have a LOT of visitors, and it is so important that they don’t just focus on the baby. Yes, the baby is who they have all come to see, but make sure George gets some of the attention too. It’s so easy to forget that he is still a baby too!!
Britax asked some of their followers what advice they would offer too. Here’s what they said:
So Kate, these are just a few tips from a Mum of Four to a soon to be Mum of Two of how to introduce a new baby to his/her sibling. I hope you find them helpful!
How about you? What tips would you offer to the Duchess of Cambridge about introducing a new baby to its sibling? Leave me a comment below!!