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Don’t stress about bringing child No. 2 into the fold. To guarantee your fi rst doesn’t think he’s become the latest disappearing act, get him involved in the action. It’s really all about the angle. If you position this new baby as “his,” he’s going to have so much more enthusiasm over sharing Mom and Dad.


Written by Jenny Fauser


MANAGE HIS EXPECTATIONS


Sibling Celebration


Throw a party. Skip the second baby shower, which some of your more traditional friends roll their eyes at anyway, and host a sibling “sprinkle” instead. Same concept as a baby shower, but you’re putting the fi rstborn as the guest of honor instead of the expecting mama. When it comes to favors and décor, we love the Big Brother Guitar Party Kit, made especially for this type of bash, found online at www.BBsTees.com. They even have a coordinating Big Brother shirt for the expecting sibling to show off at the party.


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Read books about becoming a new sibling. Great books include I’m a Big Sister! (or Brother!, depending on your needs here), by Ronne Randall and Kristina Stephenson; Helping Hand Books: Michael and His New Baby Brother, by Sarah Ferguson, duchess of York; and When I Was Little: A Four-Year-Old’s Memoir of Her Youth, by Jamie Lee Curtis. Read these books and talk with your tot about what a great big bro he’s going to be. Ask him questions about how he’s going to help Mommy or what he’s going to teach his new little sister.


Keep the sibling love happening every year by celebrating


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National Sibling Day on April 10!


PREP FOR POOP Child prep classes aren’t just for new parents. Prepare new siblings too for what’s to be expected with these great local classes:


• Held once a month, Florida Hospital’s one-hour class shows siblings how to hold, feed and diaper the new addition to their family. Children also watch a child- oriented fi lm and tour The Baby Place (nursery). Each enrollee is encouraged to bring a doll to class. The fee is $20 per family. www.fl oridahospitalwomen.com


• Orlando Health (aka Winnie Palmer) offers a sibling class as well for kids ages 4 to 6. This class helps prepare your child for your trip to the hospital, having a new baby in the house and his role as a big brother. The cost is $15 per child. www.orlandohealth.com


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