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How to Prepare Your Toddler for Baby # 2 (Plus a Giveaway!)

How to Prepare Your Toddler for Baby # 2

It feels like it’s been forever since I’ve been able to post! Due to some technical issues with our server, the site was down for a little while, but now that we’re back up, I’m so excited to share this new post with everyone.

Things have been so busy around here lately (blog & home) that I haven’t been able to share some exciting news. I’m pregnant! Again! And baby #2’s due date is just around the corner this summer. Since the moment I found out I was pregnant I have been scouring the internet for any tips on how to prepare Harper to be a big sister. Turns out, our little almost-2-year-old already has some incredible instincts of her own.

The good news is you don’t need any fancy, long-winded parenting books to teach you how to prepare your 1st child for baby # 2 – all you really need are a couple of solid, time-tested techniques and your toddler will be proudly wearing their big sibling hat in no time.

How to Prepare Your Toddler for Baby # 2

1. Belly Talk

Teaching your toddler about personal space can be tough. They thoroughly enjoy crawling on your head, kicking you in the face, and “playing” with your hair (just me?). So when you become pregnant, you suddenly find it pertinent to teach them to respect your changing body.

One easy way you can do this is by talking to your toddler about your growing belly and explaining to them that “Mommy is growing baby sister (or brother) and we have to be very careful around her belly.” Simple as that. You’d be surprised that after hearing this 87 times a day, every day, they really start to get the picture. This also helps to send the message that one day soon, there will be an actual little sibling around.

How to Prepare Your Toddler for Baby # 2

Harper loves to lay on my belly and talk to baby sister. She is even starting to understand that sometimes mommy needs to sit or not pick her up because of my growing belly. Sometimes she’ll even point to my husband’s stomach and say “no baby sister” – she gets it.

2. Baby Talk

But not the kind of baby talk you’re thinking of! Although it wasn’t so long ago that your toddler was a baby themselves, it’s not exactly like they can remember what it’s like to be a baby – all the crying and constant feeding and changing…and the crying. So how to prepare them for this?

Get them an inexpensive baby doll and teach them how to take care of it! You’d might even be surprised about the little things they innately know how to do without even being told. Some of the things Harper likes to do with her baby are:

  • Feed her with a little baby bottle
  • Pretend that she’s crying and then rock her/sing to her
  • Tuck her in at naptime and bedtime (even in random places like the kitchen floor)

How to Prepare Your Toddler for Baby # 2

Harper has even begun to understand that when a baby cries they need “milk” (as she says) or they’re “sleepy”. The more you reinforce these concepts before the new baby comes, the easier it will be to remind your toddler of these things once the baby arrives.

3. Book Talk

As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, and toddlers are visual learners – big time. That’s why I’m currently obsessed with these personalized picture books from I See Me! We got Harper The Super Incredible Big Sister book and needless to say, she is super excited about it. It came with this adorable little medal for her to wear and since we gave her the book, she never wants to take the medal off.

How to Prepare Your Toddler for Baby # 2

Setting your toddler up for success as a big sibling means instilling confidence in their abilities to be the “big kid” and not the baby anymore. I’m sure this book will also come in handy once baby # 2 arrives!

How to Prepare Your Toddler for Baby # 2

As you can see, she loves to sit on mommy or daddy’s lap and read her Super Big Sister book. The book came personalized with her name and a little dedication page from Mom & Dad, so she really knows how important she is.

Since we have been engaging in so many conversations with her about her baby sister, this book has become the perfect reminder of what it means to be a good big sister and how important that role is for her.

How to Prepare Your Toddler for Baby # 2

Have any tried and true tips or pieces of advice to share on preparing a toddler to be a big sibling? Please share below!

 

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  • One winner chosen at random will receive a free personalized copy of My Very Own Name (click the title to see the book!)
  • This giveaway is only open to residents of the US & Canada
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Expecting baby # 2? Check out these simple tips to prepare your toddler to be a big sibling!

 

Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest product review. However, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting this incredible brand! 

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  • notinjersey
    April 27, 2017 at 3:19 PM

    My daughter was about the same age when my son was born. These are great tips! We did a lot of the reading and talking about the baby coming too! Congrats on your pregnancy.

    • Marla
      April 29, 2017 at 3:36 PM

      Thanks so much!

  • asilletto
    April 27, 2017 at 3:51 PM

    These are great tips! We had our kids 2 years apart and spent a lot of time talking to my son about being a big brother. Books made a big difference!

    • Marla
      April 29, 2017 at 3:34 PM

      Thank you! Ours will be 2 years apart as well, so good to hear!

  • babiestobookworms
    April 27, 2017 at 6:39 PM

    My parents got me a book about a new baby sibling when I was younger and my mom was pregnant. It really helped, and I still have that book!

    • Marla
      April 29, 2017 at 3:33 PM

      Wow! That’s awesome – and good to know!

  • Victoria
    April 27, 2017 at 9:47 PM

    I will need to remember this I. The coming months if we are blessed with another little.

    • Marla
      April 29, 2017 at 3:32 PM

      Hope you find these tips helpful! Thanks for reading!

  • Jasmine
    April 28, 2017 at 9:47 AM

    I need to remember these in case we expect another!

    • Marla
      April 29, 2017 at 3:31 PM

      Hope you find these tips useful one day! 🙂

  • Erin @ LovePeaceBeauty
    April 28, 2017 at 2:16 PM

    That is the cutest book! I have a friend pregnant with her second and this would be the perfect gift!

    • Marla
      April 29, 2017 at 3:30 PM

      Isn’t it?! This would make a great baby shower gift.

  • Alina
    April 28, 2017 at 2:29 PM

    Such great tips. Saving for sometime in the future….

    • Marla
      April 29, 2017 at 3:29 PM

      Thanks, Alina 🙂

  • Caitlin @RogersPartyof5
    April 28, 2017 at 2:47 PM

    What great ideas! That book looks like a great find, I wish I had seen it before we brought our twins home!

    • Marla
      April 29, 2017 at 3:28 PM

      Thanks, Caitlin!

  • Alexie
    April 28, 2017 at 4:04 PM

    I need to get a few books for Hudson. Loved this post!

    • Marla
      April 29, 2017 at 3:28 PM

      Thanks, Alexie! 🙂

  • Carrie
    April 28, 2017 at 8:36 PM

    I so needed a post like this 13 years ago. Excellent ideas.

    • Marla
      April 29, 2017 at 3:39 PM

      Thanks so much, Carrie!

  • itsahero
    April 28, 2017 at 9:17 PM

    What a cute book! We did a LOT of belly talk to prep for baby #2 and it totally helped!

    • Marla
      April 29, 2017 at 3:27 PM

      We love this book! That’s good to know! 🙂

  • Onlygirl4boyz
    April 29, 2017 at 9:13 AM

    These are great tips! We did a lot of this and it was so helpful!

    • Marla
      April 29, 2017 at 3:27 PM

      Thanks so much! Good to know!

  • Danielle @ A Sprinkle of Joy
    April 29, 2017 at 1:51 PM

    Great tips!! I read so many big sister books with my oldest! Also, are you a fellow Michigander (I noticed your Red Wings shirt). 🙂

    • Marla
      April 29, 2017 at 3:26 PM

      Thank you! No, actually we live in the South, but my husband is a huge hockey fan and went to a game a few years ago! 🙂

  • val
    April 30, 2017 at 5:27 PM

    We have the same book and LOVE it! My son wants to read it every night.

    • Marla
      May 1, 2017 at 1:51 PM

      Since we’ve gotten the book, Harper also wants to read it every day! It’s so fun for them to see themselves in the story!

  • lilflowermama
    May 1, 2017 at 1:32 PM

    This is really sweet and some very easy tips too.
    xo, Nicole

    • Marla
      May 1, 2017 at 1:51 PM

      Thanks for reading, Nicole!