The week that my son turned one I found out I was pregnant with baby number two. In my life plan, I was going to have my babies at least three years apart in age. God had a different plan because I sat in the bathroom floor hyper aware of the fact that I was about to have a toddler and a brand new baby! After some laughter and tears, a cute little announcement to the hubs, and an “Um… I think I’m pregnant” call to my best friend, reality set in.
I’m about to have two kids under the age of two. I began to panic. How was I going to prepare Bryton for a baby when he was still a baby himself? I spent the first few months just soaking up all the baby snuggles I could get from my firstborn and then began the process of preparing him for Baby #2. Here are three surefire ways you can prepare your toddler for your brand new baby.
No seriously. It sounds cliche, maybe even a little “churchy,” but praying for the transition from 1 to 2 was crucial. I began to pray for Bryton, for the new baby and that God would give me the wisdom I needed to be the mom that they both needed me to be. Prayer activates the power of God in our lives so Momma get your prayer on!
Talk about the Baby.
Don’t keep this new bundle of joy a secret. Babies are more observant than we give them credit for. Begin talking to your firstborn about the baby in Mommy’s belly. Let them touch your belly. Talk to them about all the things they are going to do with the new baby and how they are going to be the best big brother or sister in the world. Set them up for success by speaking life over them.
Let them Help Prepare.
As you prepare for the new baby and buy all the new baby items, or clean up your old ones (can I get an amen to hand me downs?) let your little one help you. Talk to them about how they are such a great helper. Let them look at and even touch the baby’s things. Go ahead and set some of the items up early so that the toddler is used to the baby’s things. This really did help with the transition to bringing our little one home.