Having a new baby is always an exciting life event. However, not only does it mean your life will change, but so will the life of your other children. Growing Kids Learning Center in Goshen, Plymouth, and Warsaw is a child care center with infant, toddler, and preschool programs. Learn some tips on how to help your preschooler prepare for a sibling, and schedule a tour today!

Use Age-Appropriate Terminology

Most preschoolers will not understand (nor will they have a need to understand) all the details about your pregnancy. You’ll want to share the news with your preschoolers by using age-appropriate terminology, not giving out too much information, and answering all of their questions when they arise.

Don’t Over Sugarcoat the New Baby

Some parents make the mistake of putting everything about the new baby in a positive light. While this is definitely something you should do, you need to be honest with your preschooler, too, about the hardships a new baby brings. After all, they will cry, need diaper changes, and will need lots of attention.

Spend Extra Time With Your Preschooler

These are the last few precious months of having your preschooler without the new baby. It’s a good time to really strengthen the bond between you and your preschooler so they will feel that affirmation once the baby comes and will demand a lot of attention from mom and dad.

Don’t Push the “Helper” Aspect

While some preschoolers naturally want to help when the new baby arrives, by helping change diapers and entertaining the new baby, others will shy away from the new baby, especially in the beginning. Let your child take the lead on being a helper without making it mandatory.


Our child care centers in Goshen, Plymouth, and Warsaw offer a top-rated infant, toddler, preschool, and after school program. We have more than 20 years of experience in offering a great, age-appropriate curriculum that takes a holistic approach to learning. To learn more, schedule a tour today!