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How to tell a 3 year old about new baby?

My daughter loves babies and plays well with them and wants to help with them. I’m not sure how to tell her that she will have a new sibling! I remember I was so jealous of my little brother and we were the same age gap as my DD will with baby. 

What do you suggest to promote excitement but also know we will love her just as much as our newborn? Thank you!

Re: How to tell a 3 year old about new baby?

  • @daffodil_shoe omg what an adorable reaction 😍!
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  • meggymemeggyme
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    We did a lot of books about being a big sister and how she’s such a big girl and would have to be a big helper. We also watched the Daniel Tiger episodes where he gets a sister a lot.

    Otherwise I don’t think you have to worry too much about it. Tell them plainly and then answer any questions that come up. Work on being gentle with things. Hopefully they will be excited. My oldest absolutely loves her big sister and even when she was acting out when we first brought baby home, it was directed at mom and dad, not her sister.
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  • lelkcotlelkcot
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    I think a book on the subject can help. We started adding in a few books about adding a baby to the family once we started trying for a second. Once we were ready to share the news with our eldest (3 at the time), he was excited. Plus, you have a while to get them to warm up to the idea of a sibling, even if they don't react well initially. I think you approaching it with excitement will go a long way. 
    Malidocious
  • Definitely don’t tell until you are ready to be public on the pregnancy, though!  ;)

    My son was younger but we basically said there was a baby in my belly but that the baby would be outside soon and really small. We explained once she was here that she was little and we stressed being gentle. As she has grown, he has done really well. Luckily, he wasn’t talking yet when I got pregnant. I technically “told” him I was pregnant before my husband. 
    Malidocious
  • My son is 3 and doesn't  really care for babies. A few friends have had babies and when we visit them, he’s very unimpressed. I ask If we wants a baby, his answer is always No.  :/
    Malidocious
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