Most people are overwhelmed with joy when they get their first babies. Imagine the kind of happiness you get when you find out that you are expecting your second child.
You can make preparations to ensure that the experience is as memorable as that of the first time.
During your first childbirth, you only had to worry about how you would adjust to parenthood. However, your responsibilities will have increased since you will also have to check on how your older kids will adapt to the new life.
It is vital to prepare your family for this other child, and below are ways you can achieve such.
1. Involve Your Family Children in Your Childbirth Education
The pregnancy experience can be complicated. As such, your family may feel withdrawn from you during this stage. However, this should never be the case.
Besides, it is at this time that you will need lots of help. Therefore, allow your family, including your husband and kids, to tag along during your prenatal visits.
You can help them feel like they are part of the process by allowing them to watch your ultrasound. Also, ask them to join you in taking your online birth course.
2. Involve Your Older Children in Decision Making
You need to constantly reassure your older children that the new baby is not coming to replace them from your life. You can achieve this by making some decisions regarding the new baby, such as picking out some of the baby’s clothes.
Also, when they are sharing a room, you should involve them in picking out what to add to the room. As a result, their comfort will not be affected.
3. Tell Your Family What to Expect When the Baby Comes
Your older child may have never experienced the challenges that come with a new baby. It would be best if you taught them that babies do not talk and express themselves by crying.
Therefore, there may be a time when they may experience a lack of sleep. It would help if you also told them that a newborn requires a diaper change all the time. Alternatively, you may enroll your child in a preparation class for siblings.
4. Pick a Particular Time for Your Family
As much as it may be tiring to take care of a new baby and focus on your other child, you need to create a particular time to bond with the rest of the family. Consider finding a time within the day or week when you give your older child undivided attention.
As such, they will not feel the need to compete with the newborn for your attention. Also, most marriages have been known to wreck during the first year of parenting, whether new or experienced.
It would be best if you considered finding the time when you can connect with your partner. Having a good relationship with your partner during this time lowers your stress hormones, making you more relaxed in your parenting journey.
5. Involve Your Family in the Baby’s Care
You need to find things that your older kids can do to feel they have a role in the baby’s life. You may need to consider having your older child as your sidekick.
As such, whenever you need diapers or burp cloth for the baby, they are the ones to get them. They may also feel more satisfied when they are the ones to help in choosing the daily baby clothes.
Your family is bound to undergo significant changes when a new baby arrives. Besides, your other children may find it daunting to adjust to this new life.
It is especially true if you have only one child and you are bringing in the second one. As such, having the above information can help you guide them in the preparation.