Your toddler knows there's a baby in your belly, but what happens when that baby is out and part of the world? That little sidekick of yours is about to go from being the smallest thing in the house to the older sibling. Since the family dynamic is about to change, mothers may wonder will my toddler like the new baby? It's not uncommon for this thought to cross your mind a few times before delivering your next bundle. This concern was very real for me when I was pregnant with my second, and it took time and learning to ease this worry.
As a mother, I hoped my kids would be close. I felt like I was giving my son a built-in playmate and life-long bestie when I was pregnant with his brother. But as a toddler, he did not have the capability to comprehend this yet. My fear grew — along with my belly — that my toddler son would not welcome the arrival of his little bro, that he would resent a baby for taking the attention of his parents, and that those feelings would show as dislike for his new brother. I realized that I needed to be as proactive as possible in preparing my son for this transition.
To help your toddler welcome their new sibling and increase the chance of bonding, use these ideas to foster love between the littles.