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10 Tips For Getting Your Older Child Ready & Excited For The New Baby

By Devan McGuinness |

Our first pregnancies are usually all about us — how our lives will change, how our body is changing and preparing ourselves for the labor, birth and new dynamics that are going to change everything. The next time around — when you’re expecting your second or third child, there is another huge focus on our minds — how our older children will handle the new transition.

When I first brought my second child Princess Raru home, I wasn’t sure how Mister Speed would handle it. He was only 14 months old so I wasn’t sure he would totally notice and thankfully that transition went really smoothly. Before we brought our youngest home I knew that with Speed and Raru being older, there was some preparing I would need to do beforehand. I knew that they would noticed the change and feel the transition period much more since they were a lot older.

As my husband and I continue to contemplate adding a fourth child to the mix, my mind wanders over to how to prepare my now (really, but not really) old children for another member of the family because surely the would feel the new addition much more then when they were younger, but I do think they will be able to grasp what’s going on much easier.

Click through for 10 tips on getting your older child(ren) ready & excited for the new baby and how these tips worked for us:

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Getting Older Child Ready for New Baby

Bring Your Child To Your Appointments

Letting your child hear the baby's heartbeat and helping them feel involved will help them realize what is happening.
How it worked for us: My older kids came to near every appointment with me and it got them excited for hearing the thump-thump and seeing them on the ultrasound screen.
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Devan McGuinness is the writer of the lifestyle blog Accustomed Chaos. After surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan founded Unspoken Grief, a resource and support site for perinatal and neonatal loss. Read bio and latest posts → Read Devan's latest posts →

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