Preparing Your Toddler for a Sibling

Preparing Your Toddler for a Sibling


toddler and baby playing with blocks



If you're expecting a baby, it's important to prepare your toddler. You'll be excited about the new arrival, but your toddler may be less than thrilled. 

Here are some tips to help make it easier:

  • Tell your toddler about the new baby and answer questions simply and honestly.
  • Let your toddler feel the baby kicking and help him talk to the baby “in Mommy’s tummy.”
  • Read books about babies and big brothers and sisters.
  • Show your toddler her baby pictures and talk about what she was like as a baby.  
  • Borrow books about babies and siblings.
  • Find a baby doll for your toddler to "parent." He can change the diapers or cuddle the doll.
  • Make any changes in your toddler’s life, such as moving out of a crib to a bed, changing rooms, or toilet learning, long before the birth, if possible.
  • Talk to your toddler about what a baby does and needs. Your toddler may expect someone to play with, not someone who cries or sleeps most of the time. If possible, visit friends who have babies so your toddler can see for himself.
  • When the new baby is born, be sure to pay special attention to the older child to show them they are still very special. 

Resources & Links:
HealthLink BC: Sibling Rivalry

Last Updated: August 8, 2013