Isaac Del Toro

Breaking The News That Your First Born Is No Longer An Only Child

by | March 15, 2019

I remember that I was 6 years old when I found out that I was no longer an only child, that in fact, I had a little sister on the way. Despite how my mother always told me that I would beg for a sibling, I remember that as a kid, I wasn’t thrilled with the prospects of sharing my mom or my Barbie dolls. Breaking the news to your first-born that they will no longer be an only child can go one of two ways. Ideally, they are thrilled to have somebody to play with and are overwhelmed with the excitement of the newest member of the family. On the other hand, they might feel some sadness or even anger towards the situation. So, how do you break the news your first-born, especially if they are quite young?

No Longer An Only Child

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Test the waters with hypothetical

If your child doesn’t play much with baby dolls or if the subject just hasn’t come up before of the possibility of them no longer an only child, tests the waters with a few hypothetical questions to gauge how they would feel about a pregnancy announcement. “Would you like to have a little brother or sister one day?” is a simple way to open the dialogue.

Make sure they hear it from you first

Although it may be difficult for Grandma or other relatives to keep quiet about the newest addition to the family, make sure that they don’t spill the beans before you’re able to have the 1-on-1 (or 2-on-1 if yourpartner will be apart of sharing the news) conversation with your child. Kids are smart, depending on how old they are, they may be able to pick up on certain clues (for example, you not having wine anymore at dinner)

Emphasize your unconditional love

Ensure that your firstborn knows that your love for them is unconditional. Children tend to think of love as if it were a pie, where if somebody else gets a slice, theirs is smaller. Let them know that with a new baby coming, you will love them all the same. A new soul in the house just means there is even more love to go around!

How did you break the news to your first-born that they will be no longer an only child? How did it go? Let me know in the comments below.


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