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- When to announce your pregnancy to your eldest child?
- How to announce the arrival of a little brother or sister?
- What if he's not thrilled to have a little brother?
When to announce your pregnancy to your eldest child?
It is rather advisable not to announce it too early, even if you are dying to do so: in the first trimester, the risk of miscarriage is high and even if you have already announced your pregnancy to the future father , better to spare the elders in case of problems. Of course this choice is specific to each person and if you want to announce the good news relatively early, this remains possible. The ideal time to share the good news with your child may be, for example, after the T1 ultrasound : you then have the assurance that your pregnancy is on the right track and that everything is going well.
If other people around you know, be careful that they don't accidentally spill the beans: your child could feel betrayed and sidelined.
Children are very intuitive, and if you have the impression that he suspects something, if he seems to have questions or to have changed his behavior since you learned of your pregnancy , then do not hesitate to tell him announce the good news earlier than expected to reassure him and not exclude him from family life.
How to announce the arrival of a little brother or sister?
It really depends on the age of your eldest child. If he is still very young, it is better to tell him in a very simple way. If he is a little older, you can afford a more original ad, or even a downright playful one!
Announcing a pregnancy to a young child
If your “big boy” is still small, there is a good chance that the concept of a future baby does not mean much to him. Especially if your mom-to-be’s belly is still flat. Showing him a photo of your ultrasound is not necessarily a good idea: the image will be completely abstract for him, or even a little terrifying. Get together with the dad and choose simple words: there is a baby in mom's belly and a little sister or brother will arrive shortly. Avoid overdoing it and giving too many explanations as this risks creating anxiety. Don't mention your stay in the maternity ward either: you will have plenty of time to then calmly prepare him for the arrival of his brother or sister, and to explain to him the changes that will ensue.
A small child does not have the same concept of time as you. A baby in 6 months? It means nothing to him and six months represents an eternity for him. It is better to explain to him from the outset that you are not going to arrive home tomorrow with a new baby , and give him an indication of the time: for example, baby will be there around Christmas, your little sister will be born after the holidays summer...You can always take out the calendars and check off your sleep once your pregnancy is a little further along.
Announcement ideas if siblings are older
If your elders are a little older, you can then consider a more original pregnancy announcement . Why not in a fun way? If your child knows how to read, a personalized “ Future big brother ” or “ future big sister ” t-shirt will work! Just like a scratch card, a rebus, a puzzle to put together or even a balloon inflated with helium which escapes from the package when you open it to reveal your little secret.
You can also provide a small gift to mark the announcement: a book adapted to their age and the situation (like “Tchoupi has a little sister”), a piece of jewelry, for example a bracelet or medallion marked “future big sister” , personalized cookies to convey the message gently…
Around 7 years old, a child is able to recognize a baby on an ultrasound. You can therefore show him your photos and the first photos of his little brother or sister to support your pregnancy announcement .
In any case, remember to immortalize this moment with photos and videos that you will enjoy watching again with your family!
What if he's not thrilled to have a little brother?
Did you imagine cries of joy and happiness and your older child seemed to sulk when he heard the news... or did he appear downright indifferent by barely listening to you? Don't insist and give him the right to be disappointed or unenthusiastic: after all, this new baby will redistribute the cards in the family . He will have to share his parents, his toys, he will no longer be the center of attention like before... a shock that sometimes proves quite hard to take for a 2, 3 or 4 year old.
Give him a little time: you still have a few months ahead of you to involve him in the preparations, help him better understand and accept the changes that the birth will bring and show him how important the arrival of a little brother or sister is going to be great!