Preparing your older child to visit the newborn in hospital

Preparing your older child to visit the newborn in hospital

Preparing your older child to visit you in the hospital

You must have by now prepared your older child for the coming new baby. It is an exciting phase while also being a big change which can make the child a little insecure. The way he/she will accept the new baby depends largely on how secure and loved you make the elder sibling feel.

Just like you ease the news of the baby coming, you also need to provide some basic information of the labour and delivery to your elder one. Inform her that you might have to go to the hospital suddenly be it day or night. Reassure her that someone (she loves and is secure with) will be around to take care of her when you are away. Reassure her that you will be back soon and till then she will be well loved and cared for.

You might want her to come visit you at the hospital. You might be imagining a lovely scene of siblings meeting but it may not necessarily pan out like that. She may get a little scared seeing mummy in the hospital setting, all the more if you hooked onto machines. Children usually mirror your emotions so remain calm and matter-of-fact, she will feel the same way.

If your child has a lot of questions, answer them adequately without getting into great detail. If she wants to observe then let her do just that, she is processing a lot of information anyways.

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