How to Prepare Your Older Child For a New Baby
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Get tips on how to prepare your child for the arrival of a new baby and how to ease them into the role of big brother or big sister.


Melanie Raposo: Hi everybody! I'm Melanie Raposo and welcome to mommy's minute. If you are expecting your second child, it's important to prepare your first born for the arrival of the new baby as early on as you can. Sibling arrival it can happen when the older child feels left out by the arrival of the new baby. If this happens your child be going to act out resorting in baby's behavior just to get your attention or may even act aggressive towards the new born. It's important to have your child be as involved as they throughout the pregnancy, and after the baby is born as well. He or she can help change diapers, dress the baby even help push the stroller. It's also important that if your child has moving to a new room or a bigger bed, that you do these changes in advance. If you are waiting to the new born moves in, your child will feel replaced. Also, it's good that hospitals now have classes fro siblings to help educate them on the arrival of their new sibling. This helps ease them into the role of being a new big brother or a sister.