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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SuperAbsorbent #CollectiveBias — When it comes to how to prepare for a third child you would think that we were already well prepared around here. Not so. Sure a few things remained constant. We already had plenty of boy outfits and toys. Basically all the necessities for bringing home a baby boy from the hospital were at our house already. We even knew that we were going to be using Huggies Little Snugglers Plus diapers (only available at Costco), because that’s what we used with our first two babies. Huggies Plus diapers have never leaked or caused a diaper rash. It’s are our #1 pick three times in a row!
Our third baby isn’t so little anymore. We now stock up on the Huggies Little Movers Plus for him every time we are at Costco. He’s constantly running here and there so he needs a diaper that is going to stay on but also move with him. Huggies Little Movers Plus does just that.
Even with all the consistency of having had children before it was still so very nerve-racking having the third child! But it doesn’t have to be. In fact that’s why I’d like to share with you how to prepare for a third child. Just to give you some tips that I learned along the way. However, it’s not what you might expect. My tips aren’t for preparing the parents. You guys have done this before. Twice already! This is all about preparing the older siblings for the new addition to the family.
How to Prepare for a Third Child
A new baby is going to be an adjustment for the older siblings for sure. Here’s some helpful tips to make the transition easier and also get the older kids excited for the arrival.
1.) Older sibling involvement- Let the older siblings be involved in planning for the new baby. Have them help to prepare the baby’s room, decorating, etc. This is a great way for older siblings to feel a part of even the smallest tasks.
2.) Educate the older siblings- Area hospitals often have classes where older siblings can learn everything from how to help take care of the baby to taking a a tour of the hospital. Sign up for a class and get everyone in on the importance of being careful with the baby.
3.) Picking out baby’s first friend- Our kids have a plethora of stuffed animals but they only have one favorite friend. Allow your older kids to get a friend to give to the baby. It will be a great bonding moment and a memory that will last forever.
4.) Family discussions- Sit down as a family and talk about how things might change with a new baby in the house. “The baby will need lots of sleep so we will need to be quieter so we don’t wake the baby.” Around the dinner table is the perfect time to have such a discussion.
5.) Coloring sheet activity- Help the big kids to feel important by recognizing them. Tell them that they are the dandiest big sibling ever with these coloring sheets that I’ve created for you! It’s an activity that they can get creative with, do together and can also generate some more family discussion time.
Get the big sister printable HERE.
Get the big brother printable HERE.
What other ideas do YOU have for how to prepare for a third child?
Here’s my tips on how to survive the new baby.
As I mentioned before we always buy our Huggies Plus diapers at Costco. It’s always a dandy deal but right now especially since the boxes are on coupon! A discount of $6 off and FREE shipping on Costco.com. The offer is valid now until September 25th on both the Huggies Little Snugglers Plus sizes newborn, 1, & 2 ($31.49 after coupon) and Huggies Little Movers Plus sizes 3, 4, 5, & 6 ($36.99 after coupon). See what I mean? That’s a very dandy deal!
Huggies Plus diapers are available in the diaper aisle at your local Costco store or online at Costco.com.