National Siblings Day is celebrated on 10th April each year, providing an opportunity to celebrate the special bond between siblings. If you are expecting a new addition to the family, involving siblings in your pregnancy can help them feel included and excited about the new arrival. In this blog post, we'll share some tips for parents on how to involve siblings in your pregnancy.
Announce the pregnancy together: When you announce your pregnancy, involve your other children in the announcement. Let them help share the news with family and friends, or even make a special announcement together as a family. This will help your children feel included and involved in the exciting news.
Let siblings feel the baby kick: As your pregnancy progresses, let your other children feel the baby kick or move. This will help them understand that there is a real baby growing inside you and help them to bond with their new sibling.
Involve siblings in planning for the baby: Let your children help with planning for the baby's arrival, such as choosing a name, decorating the nursery, or picking out baby clothes. This will help them feel like an important part of the process and get them excited about their new sibling.
Read books about new siblings: There are many children's books available that can help prepare siblings for the arrival of a new baby. Reading these books together can help your children understand what to expect and feel more comfortable with the changes that are coming.
Attend appointments together: If possible, bring your other children with you to prenatal appointments. This will give them the chance to hear the baby's heartbeat and see ultrasound images, helping them to feel connected to their new sibling.
Plan special sibling activities: Plan special activities with your other children to help them bond with their new sibling. This could include singing songs to the baby, talking to the baby, or even just spending quiet time together as a family.
Involving your other children in your pregnancy can help them feel included and excited about the new arrival. By announcing the pregnancy together, letting siblings feel the baby kick, involving them in planning for the baby, reading books about new siblings, attending appointments together, and planning special sibling activities, you can help prepare your other children for the arrival of their new brother or sister.