With baby number two’s arrival now just a few weeks away I am hoping that we have done enough to prepare W for the major changes about to descend on Casa B with the arrival of his new sibling.
Being just two and a half years old it is a little tricky to grasp just how much of what is happening, and about to happen, that he actually comprehends but I think we have hopefully done enough to make it a reasonably smooth and enjoyable transition from only child to big brother.
These are a few of the steps we have taken:
1. Brought W along to all scans. From the beginning we have talked about ‘the baby in Mummy’s tummy’ and I think coming along to all of my scans and actually seeing the baby on the screen has helped him to get a better grip on what is actually happening.
2. Read books about new baby brothers and sisters. As soon as I knew that I was pregnant I rushed out to buy a couple of childrens’ books on the subject and we have been mixing them in with W’s normal bedtime stories throughout the week for quite a while. I chose Topsy and Tim and the New Baby by Jean and Gareth Adamson, and Miffy and the New Baby by Dick Bruna. For a great round up of books on this subject there is a wonderful post over on Yellow Days here.
3. Prepared a present from W for the new baby. We were lucky enough to be sent this beautiful My First Miffy plush toy which will make the perfect gift from W to the new baby.
I made sure he was involved in wrapping it up and he is looking forward to bringing it into the hospital for the baby when he/she arrives. It really is cute as a button and is available from The Miffy Shop for £14.99.
4. Prepared a ‘Big Brother Kit’ for W from the new baby. I think it is important that when W meets his brother or sister for the first time as well as bringing along a present he should also receive one himself, hopefully reinforcing it as a truly positive experience. I got the idea of a ‘Big Brother Kit’ from this wonderful post I found on pinterest.
First I designed some ‘Big Brother’ monster logos which I then made into stickers via moo.com and transferred onto blank t-shirts using Iron-on printable vinyl sheets which I found on amazon.co.uk.
I also transferred on to a plain linen bag.
As well as the t-shirts and stickers I also included in the bag a colouring book and some pencils, which may provide some entertainment during hospital visits, some play-doh and accessories and some Thomas the Tank Engine stickers.
I have wrapped each item in brightly coloured tissue paper and sealed with one of the ‘Big Brother’ stickers.
So hopefully all will go smoothly and W’s transition from only child to big brother will be a positive one.
I will keep you posted!
I would love to hear what you think and if you have any other advice on how best to approach this I would love to hear your thoughts.
We are also linking up to Pin It Tuesday.
Disclosure: The ‘My First Miffy’ toy featured was provided free of charge by The Miffy Shop.