Transitioning Your Toddler For A New Baby
Mommas, with my due date just around the corning I have been thinking of ways to make transitioning King for his baby sister easy. If we are being honest, welcoming a new baby into the family can really change a toddlers world. I know so many of you are also expecting so I thought it would be helpful to share a few tips I have read on transitioning your toddler for a new baby!
I asked this on Insta-Stories a couple weeks ago and shared how nervous I am for the transition of adding a baby to our family will be for King. I asked for tips and tricks that you have done yourself, heard from others, or that you might have to make things go a little bit simpler. My biggest concerns I shared were when I am nursing/pumping and making sure that he isn’t too aggressive for her. I had so many amazing messages of things that you have done, heard about, or think would work and so many of you ask me to share. I put them in a blog post so you can always come back to it later if you don’t need these tips and tricks right now.
Tips & Tricks to Transitioning to Baby #2 for Your Toddler
- Buy them a baby doll to only be soft with, not to actually “play” with.
- Get baby stuff out starting now so they will play with it and it will loose its “coolness” before you really need it for the baby.
- Buy special snacks that they only get when you are feeding/nursing.
- Have a craft box of things they can do alone without being messy if you need them to be busy. -I’ve bought ColorWonder Books, ColorWonder Paint Sets, Sticker Books, WaterWOW Books, etc.
- Create a box in your room or wherever you are going to nurse/pump/feed baby and have it be toys/activities that they can only play with when you are feeding baby.
- Put face stickers on rooms that they are allowed in. Example: King’s room would have his face, moms face, dads face. Mom & Dads room would have mom & dads face, etc.
- Have a big brother bag at the hospital for him from the baby full of things he can do while at the hospital and when you come home with baby.
- Take them shopping to pick out something special to give the baby when it comes.
- Have a basket full of toys that they are allowed to give baby that are soft (stuffed animals, etc. not hard rattles).
- Buy a couple new movies & microwave popcorn and tell them you get to have a special movie day. Then mama can sit on the couch with baby and toddler is entertained and thinks it is special.
These are the messages I received, a lot of them were the same which means that it really does work! I hope this helps you if you have a little one and are expecting your next! We will for sure be doing these things to make the transition a little easier for both King and I!