As you probably know by now, (because we are OBSESSED with this blessing and I can’t stop talking about it!) we’re expecting another baby!! My August due date is coming QUICK and as much as I believe Leni is going to be the best big sister, we’re definitely covering our bases to prepare her as much as possible before the baby arrives. It might be a bit of a shock for our little center-of-attention to realize she’s not the only sheriff in town anymore…and let’s not even talk about poor Piper who’s getting bumped down another notch, ha!
We’ve got a few thoughts on how we’re trying to prepare Leni to become a big sibling, and wanted to share those with y’all!
Tip 1: Include Them in The Pregnancy!
Take them to an ultrasound appointment to see the baby moving, or show them the ultrasound pictures. Even with the age Leni is, she kiiiiind of gets it! She always says “Baby in Mama’s tummy!” and points to my belly, or grabs my hand and shows me the ultrasound that’s hanging on the fridge. It’s so sweet to watch your growing baby bump and the excitement of the older sibling as they get to experience it for the first time!
Tip 2: Be Around (Little!) Babies
Practice makes perfect, right?! Trying to be around small babies or just babies younger than Leni has proven to be super helpful, and her reactions are the CUTEST to other adorable little ones. If you don’t have access to any sweet teensy babies, point them out at the store or on outings and make a fun deal about it.
Tip 3: Show Them Baby’s Things
I posted on my Instagram stories recently about Cabela’s sending us sweet gifts for the baby AND the rest of us, but Leni was so fixated on the baby’s things! We’ve begun showing her small things we have for the baby and telling her it’s for baby a ton to get her used to this crazy, far-out idea of sharing both attention AND things. We’ve been trying to get her used to seeing our favorite baby gear around the house, and so far she’s been hoarding all the baby gifts in her toy box… It’s all a work in progress, right?!
Tip 4: Talk about the baby, a LOT.
If you talk about the baby, look at pictures of babies, or can be around babies a lot it will DEFINITELY lessen the shock factor from what we’ve heard from mamas who have been there and done that with having a new baby and a toddler or big kid. We are talking about the baby and pointing my belly out to Leni a lot, so it’s helping her understand and get prepared for the best friend she’ll ever have–she just doesn’t quite grasp that yet.
I can’t even imagine how busy we’re about to get, (and how much more often you’ll see me rocking my 4-Minute Mom Bun!) but all I know is how stinkin’ excited we are to watch Leni become a big sister to this incredible miracle baby we’re expecting in August. We really believe preparation is key to anything you do—whether it’s a huge outdoor hunting excursion, or the important task of preparing all members of your family before it grows. Now, if only this baby would actually let me EAT MEAT (and not just straight carbs… which is what I’ve been living off for months), we’d be pretty much all set!
What are some of your tips and tricks for preparing kids to become a big sibling?! Drop them in the comments below, because mamas need allllll the help we can get!