Prepping your toddler for the arrival of a baby or two!
When I found out I was pregnant with twins again, a whole range of emotions hit me at once. One of the main ones was poor Charlotte, she's going to feel so left out.
John and I sat down together and discussed how best to get Charlotte involved and more importantly when to tell her.
Having had an identical twin pregnancy with her that resulted in us losing her sister at 18 weeks (in-vitro) we decided that waiting until our 12-week scan was probably for the best. She had after all just turned 2 and we didn't want to confuse her if something went wrong.
Once we told her, we wanted her to be involved in every aspect of our journey and make sure she really felt connected to us and the twins.
From the 12-week scan, we knew we were having boy/girl twins and let Charlotte be a part of choosing the names, she also helped to pick toys for James and Georgia along with their coming home outfits.
Charlotte was determined to be the best big sister ever! We regularly discussed what it took to be a good big sister and nice things she could do for the twins. We gave her the official title of Mummy’s Helper and she took a lot of pride in this.
When we read her stories, she insisted that we read to the babies as well.
Overall, I feel like open communication and keeping them involved is the key to a smooth transition. Taking them to scans so they can see the babies and being involved in every aspect also brings you closer together as a family.