We are really in baby mode around here and are getting ready for Baby Brother’s appearance any day now. One of my biggest concerns is how J will handle the big change of becoming a Big Brother.
Today’s tip is one of my favorites though. It is a good exercise in showing J how I will have to stop and take care of his brother throughout the day. I wanted to show him that I’ll have to hold, feed, and change the baby.
I use a baby doll that I sit down with for a short period of time every day. I pretend to take care of the baby by changing it’s diaper, holding it, feeding it, and burping it. I talk to J throughout this time telling him everything I’m doing. I talk about how Baby Brother will need to be taken care of and that Mommy will have to spend time with brother.
I really think that this is helping him understand a bit about what goes into taking care of babies. I also hope that it prepares him for the fact that I’ll have to sit and spend time away from J in order to take care of Baby Brother.
What have you done to help your older child(ren) prepare for a new sibling? I’m always looking for new tips!