Preparing Siblings For New Baby

In this Pregnancy 101 report, find out how one mom got her little one prepared for the family's new addition just in time.

Two-year-old Drake Walling is excited about being a big brother. And while mom, Kara, is thrilled about baby too, she's a, "little nervous at the same time, you know, not knowing how Drake would react and adapt to a new baby."

Kara eased her nerves by teaching a class. It helps kids get used to the idea of becoming a big brother or sister. They learn everything from how to hold and swaddle a baby to what they can expect on delivery day. The class even taught Kara a thing or two.

She told us, "My husband is taking on a lot more of the evening responsibilities with Drake - getting him ready for bed and tucking him in knowing that I may not have time in a couple of weeks."

She says it's good to remind kids they were once a baby too and to include them in important baby decisions including baby name, nursery décor - even toys.

And when it comes to making the transition go smoother, don't forget the presents. Instructors say it's a good idea for new siblings to get the new baby a present and for the baby to have a present for the their new sister or brother.

Turns out baby brother Felix will need the clothes sooner rather than later. He surprised Drake and mom with an early arrival. Mom's just glad they were all prepared.

Kara says there can never be too much preparation. Books are also a great way to help.

About the Author...
Serese Cole
Serese is no stranger to the Midwest. She was born and raised in Kansas City and after years of moving from state to state - has called Nebraska home the last decade.

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