The Unique Way We’re Preparing Our Toddler for a New Baby

The weeks are quickly ticking away leading up to the arrival of our new baby, and aside from all of the usual getting ready for baby type tasks, we’d also been in the process of preparing our toddler for the changes that are going to take place.

I had read up on tips and tried to implement as many as possible… we watched YouTube videos about babies growing in utero, read books about being a big sister, practiced with her dolls… but I still didn’t feel like anything was working to get my daughter excited about the birth of her baby brother.

When asked about him, she’d either brush us off or respond with, “No. I don’t manna baby brother. I manna baby sister.”

Then one night during our bedtime routine, an idea came to me. I tried it, and it worked! Ever since that night, my toddler has been getting more and more excited to meet her baby brother.

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The Unique Way We're Preparing Our Toddler For a New Baby - Disney Baby

I told her a pre-bed time “Fernie and Clive” story.

Sometimes when I tuck her in, my daughter Fern requests a story. She always reads a few books with her Daddy before heading to bed, but occasionally she requests my made-up mama stories once she’s tucked in. So, I said I would tell her a story about her and her baby brother and the fun adventures they were going to have together once he got a little bit bigger. She said she would like a story about Fernie and baby brother Clive going to the zoo, so that’s what I gave her. I made up dialogue between the two and was sure to emphasize moments when Fern got to be the heroine because Clive was little and needed her help (i.e. “Clive was a little scared of the crocodiles, but Fernie said, ‘It’s OK Clive. I’ll protect you – that’s what big sisters do.'”)

I didn’t really expect it to make much of an impact, but for some reason it did. Almost every night since then, she has requested a “Fernie and Clive” story — and each night we choose a different adventure for them to go on. She’s also shown more interest in talking about Baby Brother and sometimes she’ll even pop over and talk to my belly — usually shouting, “Hi, Baby Brother!” It’s pretty cute.

Obviously, we’ll probably still have our challenges once we have a new baby, and I’m sure there will be an adjustment period, but it makes me happy that we finally found a way to get her excited and involved when it comes to her little brother.

Maybe making up some sibling stories would work wonders for your little one too!

{Photo by Coeur de La Photography}

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