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     As a mom of three children of three different ages, I know what it’s like preparing your kids for the birth of a new sibling. While the idea of a new baby can be exciting for you and your partner, for your kids, it can bring out all sorts of emotions.
     In the lead up to the birth of your new baby, the chances are that you will spend a lot of time focusing on them. Then, once they are born, you will once again spend most of your time focused on them.
     New babies need lots of care and attention - for older kids this can be hard to deal with. It’s common for children to feel a little jealous of their new sibling, especially when they are getting most of the attention. However, there are a few things that you can do to make things easier.
For everything that you need to know, keep reading, below:
Talk to them
As soon as you find out you are pregnant, sit your children down and tell them. Don’t let them find out from someone else. After telling your partner, your kids should be the next people to know. Explain to your children that while you are having a new baby, that doesn’t change how much you love and care about them.
Allow your kids to ask any questions about the new baby. If they ask how babies are made, they may not be asking about sex, so don’t stress. They may just want to know how a baby is created - where it comes from. This might warrant a biology lesson, but it doesn’t necessarily have to lead to a sex talk.
Get them excited
It’s normal for your child to feel jealous of their new sibling, but by getting them excited about it, you can make things easier for them. Talk to them about all the awesome things that come with being a big brother or sister and get them excited about their responsibilities.
If your children are young, read books about becoming a big brother or sister. You could also watch movies about it - this will help to get your little ones more excited.
Allow them to choose a present
When the new baby is born, you will receive lots of presents for him or her. Why not make your older child feel involved in this by allowing them to pick a present for their new brother or sister?
A great gift that you child could get for your new addition is something personalized, such as a bib or baby grow. If you have a look online, you can find lots of personalized gifts for babies. Allow your child to help pick the present so that they feel involved in the entire process.
Make a big deal of getting them to hold the baby
Once the baby is born, make sure to make a big deal of getting them to hold him or her. This is important as it will make your child feel like they are involved in the birth of their new baby. Even if they are little, you can still help them to hold the baby by sitting them down and putting pillows around them.

To make the birth of your new addition a little easier for your children to cope with, take note of the tips, above.



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