Making the older siblings a part of the process is a great way to prepare them for the new addition. Depending on the age of the child you can talk to them about the new baby and try to explain. A younger child might benefit from recieving a play baby doll of their own so they can take care of their own new baby too!
When I first found out that I was expecting my second daughter, I was worried about how my five year old daughter would react. I didn't want her to be jealous or feel that she was loved any less. I wanted her to be included and feel part of this wonderful occasion.
I decided that when I had my daughter, I didn't want her to feel left out. She was the first person to bottle feed the baby when I got out of hospital. I left a little present from the baby to my older daughter - it was a little gold necklace that said "Best Sister" on it, and a card saying "I love you." She was delighted and ever since then she just took to her. She was so eager to help with bathing, nappy changing and dressing her. When we went out, I let her push the pram (with a little guidance and steering!). I never had any problems and she was just like a little mini-me. Everyone who came to see the new baby all brought my eldest a little gift - pens or coloring book, sweets, book etc. She was always made to feel that she was such a special sister.
I think that children imitate what they see and hear (for the most part). If you make it an exciting event and make them a part of it, they will be excited. I bought a book that we read every day about being a big sister. She knew the book so well, that she'd "read" it herself and to her sister when she was born.
When the baby was born, we insisted that our oldest (almost 3 yrs old) come into the hospital room alone (without the grandparents and aunt) so that she could meet her first. She was so excited to meet her sister and see her mommy. It worked out wonderfully!
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