Red Miller, Midwife and Home Birthing specialist at Love Based Birth, shares with Expat Insurance her favourite methods for preparing your first born children for a new family member. The age of your child will dictate how much explaining is apart of the preparation and which of these suggestions are appropriate.
Try to include these elements into their preparation: see, hear, watch and learn.
1. Involve your little one in some of your prenatal exams
They get to meet and know the midwife or doctor
Listen to the baby’s heart beat
Feel the baby move, feel the position
2. Read books together
Great books include:
A Child is Born
Before you were born
We have a baby
What Baby Needs
Waiting for baby
Before we met
I’m a big brother
I’m a big sister
Baby on the way
My new baby
3. Include them and have conversations about:
A new baby coming into the family
What having a new person in the family will mean
What the baby will eat
4. Be Creative
Art projects for baby
A gift from them for baby
For more information, we invite you to visit Love Based Birth.
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