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    Nala
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    A few weeks ago I asked everyone about when you told your boss you were pregnant (http://community.brighthorizons.com/t5/Pregnancy/When-to-tell-your-boss-you-are-pregnant/td-p/3970) and I got some great advice! So, I’m leaning on all of your amazing expertise again…

     

    I have a 5 year old daughter who will be a big sister for the first time when this baby arrives. I’m still early in the first trimester, and wondering when is a good time to tell an older child that you’re pregnant. And, any tips on HOW to tell her would be welcomed, too. I’m guessing this announcement will open the door for lots of questions…

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    Dasia
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    We told our older son that a new baby was on the way right around the 3 month mark. He was only a toddler, so it took many more conversations for the idea to really sink in! I think buying baby gear and setting up a nursery helped him understand what was happening.

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    Caty Trio
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    Hi NalaD. I thought you’d enjoy this great post from NourishMom of the Mom-to-Mom blog about how she told her daughter that she was about to be a big sister. Might give you some ideas…

     

    http://blogs.brighthorizons.com/momtomom/2011/06/09/how-to-tell-your-child-youre-pregnant/

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    Hi Caty –

     

    Thank you for sharing the mom blog post. Very helpful.

     

    Nala – Did you share the news with your older child yet? My husband and I are trying to baby number two and we currently have a 14 month old. I am thinking I will wait to tell my daughter until I have a significant baby bump to try to explain to her since she is still pretty young.

    #21787
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    Nala
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    I did share the news! And, though we’ve had our moments, it’s gone very well. We ended up buying my daughter a "I’m a big sister" t-shirt, which she is SO proud to wear. We also have been getting some big sibling themed books out of the library to read together. I actually got a couple good suggestions for those types of books from a question I posted here on another thread. http://community.brighthorizons.com/t5/Kindergarten-School-Age/Book-suggestions-for-soon-to-be-big-sisters/m-p/4812#M172

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    Nala
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    I did share the news! And, though we’ve had our moments, it’s gone very well. We ended up buying my daughter a "I’m a big sister" t-shirt, which she is SO proud to wear. We also have been getting some big sibling themed books out of the library to read together. I actually got a couple good suggestions for those types of books from a question I posted here on another thread. http://community.brighthorizons.com/t5/Kindergarten-School-Age/Book-suggestions-for-soon-to-be-big-sisters/m-p/4812#M172

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