You can begin helping your other children cope with a new baby in the home as soon as you find out you are pregnant. Your child needs to hear about the new baby from you, not someone else. Expect your child to have mixed feelings about a new baby and to be scared about what their new role in the home may be. Here are some things you can do the help your older child before the new baby is born.
Right after a new baby is born (either at the hospital or during the first couple days at home) preschoolers may be a little less "chummy" with mom than usual. Don't take this as rejection but as a sign that the child wants to be reminded that his special place has not been filled by the new baby.
Here are some things you can do the help your older child adjust: