Explaining to a two year old they are getting a sibling and how to prepare

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Before the baby arrived we decided that we were going to get her some presents from her baby sister. She’s not a girly girl so not into dolls, but loves music so we got her a toy keyboard to play on. I wondered at the start how hard it was going to be explaining to a two year old they are getting a sibling.
We have been telling her for months that she’s going to be a big sister as a new baby is arriving from mummy’s tummy. She doesn’t quite grasp the idea but goes around saying “baby” quite often.
I suppose for me the hardest part was leaving her to go into hospital. I’ve never spent a night away from her. Plus being at home with her all the time when I started maternity leave leading up to the birth made her very clingy to me.
Explaining to a 2 year old they are getting a sibling

For the past few months I have been working on these tips on how to prepare her for a new sibling.

Top tips for explaining to a two year old they are getting a sibling

  • Take your 2 year old along to your antenatal appointments. – I have been doing this all the way along with my daughter. She loves to hear the baby’s heartbeat.
  • Explain to them that they are gaining a new playmate and all the fun things they can do together when they are older.
  • Stay positive and involve your toddler in the baby preparations. Make them feel involved.
  • Visit friends with small babies to help them adjust to the size of a baby.
  • Explain to them that when they baby is here they can hold their hand and sing to them.
  • Talk to your toddler and show them their baby photos, explain how they have grown up. Explain to them how excited you were at their arrival.
  • Let your toddler place their head on your tummy and stroke and talk to the baby. – My daughter does this all the time and the baby reacts to her voice by moving!
  • Most of all reassure them that they will still be loved, and still have time for cuddles and playtime. Don’t let them feel left out.

We have bought a couple of gifts and a book for baby girl that she will get from her baby sister when shes here. I want her to feel that she’s not left out amongst all the excitement. Since I finished work she has got mighty clingy to me and I can’t bare to upset her when the baby arrives. This is the most time I have spent with her since I returned to work when she was 8 months old.

 

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you will find these tips useful on explaining to a two year old they are getting a sibling.

 

4 Comments

  1. Lizzy Cooper
    May 14, 2018 / 11:04 am

    Some great tips here, thank you ! 🙂

  2. Tee simpson
    May 13, 2018 / 11:13 pm

    This is so important. Thank you

  3. Margaret GALLAGHER
    May 9, 2018 / 4:51 pm

    Great idea – always a little confusing for other siblings

    • Rachel
      Author
      May 10, 2018 / 9:42 am

      Thanks, yes we have found it quite hard, but getting there! x

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