In preparation for the arrival of baby number two, I ordered these books for Ava and I to read together. Ava absolutely loves them, especially ‘I’m a Big Sister’ which she took to bed with her the first few nights after getting it. It’s my favourite too as it talks about why a new baby might cry a lot, why you must be gentle with a baby and how a big sister is very special to mummy and daddy, even with the arrival of a baby brother or sister.
I’ve read that it’s really important to talk to your kids about how they might feel when a new baby arrives. (I’ve since learnt at a parenting course this is called emotion coaching, but more about that in another post). Kids might be very excited about the arrival of a new brother or sister, but once the baby arrives they might also experience frustration, sadness and a range of other emotions which could be very confusing and overwhelming for them.
I’ve also had some other great advice about preparing your child / children for the arrival of a new baby including:
- Organising a special gift for your child from the new baby
- Teaching your child to wait when they ask for something, as they’ll often have to wait for things after the baby arrives
- Having a box of special toys, books, stickers for when you’re feeding the baby
I’m also planning a couple of special outings with Ava before the bubba arrives. I’m starting to feel quite sentimental about our ‘Ava and Mummy’ time together before baby number two arrives. In six weeks there’ll be another little person in our lives!
If you have any advice for this Mumma of one who is about to become a Mumma of two, I’d love to hear it!
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What’s the best advice you’ve been given on having your second child? (or third or fourth!)
What did you find tricky / challenging about going from one to two or more children?
What did you find surprisingly easy? (Please tell me there’s something!)0