Preparing Your Child for the New Arrival

Ages 3 and 4

A child's world at this age doesn't revolve completely around parents anymore, lessening her chances of being troubled by the new family member. Because she's also more capable of understanding what a baby is, you can share the big news with her immediately.

Here are some guidelines for preparing your child:

  • Expect lots of questions, such as "How did the baby get in your tummy?" and "How will the baby come out?"
  • Explain the process realistically but in very simple terms, such as "Mommy and Daddy made a baby together, and the baby is growing inside Mommy."
  • Buy a life-size baby doll for your child to play with before the real thing arrives.

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