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.