Preparing a toddler for the arrival of a new baby is a strategy in itself. It takes research, patience, determination and most importantly communication with your toddler to try and figure out.
For the past six months I’ve spent a great deal of time communicating with our daughter about the upcoming change in our lives. I feel it’s extremely important to talk about the baby’s arrival at the beginning of your pregnancy. It is important for them to know what is going on and see how you are feeling. Some parents may disagree with me, they may say, “Why tell her your pregnant right away and why make her see when you are not feeling well?”. My answer – I’m not saying tell her the day you take a pregnancy test (yet I did though) or have her see you sick in the morning. Rather, I am saying that it’s important to expose them as early as possible to the pregnancy. This in turn, exposes them to their future reality. It will allow them to better cope with the change and process the new family dynamic.