How to Integrate a New Baby Into Your Family?
By Charlotte Malone
February 12, 2020
3. Have a plan for the hospital
We had a planned c-section date, but had to deliver early. We quickly had to figure out who would pick up and care for our son when my husband was in the hospital with me. Looking back, I wish we had a plan in place so that we didn’t have stress leading up to the arrival of the new baby.A few things to consider as you develop your plan:• Who will pick up and drop off your child if they are at school or a sitter?• Who will your child stay with if both parents are in the hospital overnight?• Do you want your child to visit you in the hospital? If so, who will drive them to see you? Is it flu season? Will they be allowed to visit?
4. Plan a gift exchange
Before the new baby came, we bought my son a “Best Big Brother” t-shirt. When he arrived at the hospital, we had it wrapped with a card from his new sister. We knew that the next few months would be filled with gifts for his sister, so we felt it was important for him to receive something too. He still wears it proudly, smiling brightly when asked about his sister.My husband also took him to the hospital gift shop and he picked out balloons for the new baby.Unprompted, a few months after we brought our daughter home, my son went into his room and pulled out a favorite stuffed animal and gave it to my daughter. He wanted her to have it when she needed comfort, he told us.
5. Make 1-on-1 time
One thing we try to do is put time aside to spend with us. It’s expensive and difficult to get babysitters on weekends, so we take turns having alone time with him. Before we had a baby every weekend was time for just the three of us, so even if we can’t always be alone with her, we try to recreate that as much as possible. After your twins are on a more regular sleeping schedule, you can carve out family evenings for your stepchildren. We like to watch family movies or play card games.
Yes, life has changed, but I can gladly report that my son and daughter are fast friends.