So I am 13 weeks with our second and my genetic screening just came back normal so we're ready to tell our 2.5 yo that she's going to have a new sibling. We're thinking about getting a book about becoming a big sister, but I was wondering if others have suggestions for how to make the announcement and communicate that we both still love her and that even though things will change a little bit, the baby won't replace her. Idk if she'll get it right away but she loves babies so I hope will be excited by the news.
kiwi / 556 posts
I'm about to have my second, and the age gap between them is about the same as yours. We just told her, read a few books about babies/being a big sister and asked if she had questions. She didn't seem too phased. As we get closer to the big day though she's getting excited. I don't think it seems very real to them until they can see a big baby bump and see you preparing by cleaning old baby equipment and buying new things.
We liked a Mr. Rogers book, "The New Baby" and a Sesame Street episode about a new baby. Both from the library. Our favorite book is this one so we bought a copy. We also have the Little Critter one that I like a lot. They all have good discussion about appropriate expectations and how big sibling is still special. (You don't want them to think they can have a playmate immediately!)
nectarine / 2806 posts
@karenbme: just adding to what the previous poster said, there are 2 or 3 great Daniel Tiger episodes about adding a new sibling.
persimmon / 1064 posts
Janet Lansbury also has a couple great podcasts/blog posts about welcoming a sibling. Congrats on the normal genetic screen!
clementine / 828 posts
so happy for you!! yay!
persimmon / 1409 posts
@Lahela017: I definitely remember the Little Critter new baby book from my childhood.
@CatchAFallingStar: I’ll check out Daniel Tiger, but my kid is probably the only kid who absolutely won’t sit and watch TV so we’ll see. 🤷♀️
@bees_knees: Thanks for the rec!
cantaloupe / 6085 posts
Congrats on making it to this point, so happy for you! I think we got my 2.5yo a shirt and a book but I think she just took a long time to really get it - it was easier for her to understand the baby in my tummy than that it would change her life (and honestly, she was old enough it wasn’t a tough transition!). But we talked up how cool being a big sister was and she loved wearing the shirt.