Ask your child to help get ready for the new baby. Your child can help:
- Pack your suitcase for the hospital.
- Pick out the baby's coming-home clothes.
- Get the new baby’s crib or room ready. Set out clothes and arrange the diapers.
- Help you shop for baby things.
Make arrangements for your older child. Tell your child who will take care of her when you have the baby. Let your child know that you will not be gone for long.
Plan for your child to visit you and the new baby in the hospital. Have your child visit when there are not a lot of other visitors. On the day that you take the baby home, have your older child come to the hospital to "help."
For younger children, a small gift (such as a toy or stuffed animal) “from the baby” is often helpful to help the child deal with the family adding a new baby.
Let your child know what the baby will do:
- Where the baby will sleep here.
- Where the baby car seat will go in the car·
- How the baby will breastfeed or take a bottle every few hours
Also explain what the baby can’t do. The baby can’t talk, but he or she can cry. And the baby can’t play; they are too little. But the baby will like watching your child play, dance, sing, and jump.