Here are more tips on how to prepare your child on having a younger sibling.
4. Mighty bond. When the second baby finally arrives, establish special bonding activities just between you and your firstborn. This will prevent them from feeling that they are less loved or less special compared to the newborn.
5. Role playing. Giving them their own “baby” will help them understand what parents are. By letting them mimic your actions, you will also be creating a fun and delightful way to instruct them on how to care and nurture their baby brother or sister.
6. Helping hand. Intimating that being “ate” or “kuya” is a special role will give your child a different sense of importance and responsibility. Ask for their assistance in wiping the baby’s mouth or in changing diapers. Kids love it when they are helpful, it also adds to their self-worth.
It helps if you really take the time to prepare your firstborn for the second baby. These tips are just a start. Look for more ways to ease the transition period for a more harmonious arrival of the second baby.
Source: Ani Rosa Almario, school director, Raya School