New baby's arrival can be tricky for older siblings

Prince George, one of the most famous babies in the world, will soon have a sibling, and for him it is going to be a big change. We found out how the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and parents across Macarthur, could make the introduction of a new baby to the family as tantrum-free as possible. 

IT PAYS to think ahead when introducing a new baby to older siblings, and the groundwork starts before the new brother or sister is even born.

University of Western Sydney lifespan development lecturer Karen Mattock said young children could struggle to grasp the concept of a "baby in mummy's tummy".

However, she said talking about how special it was to be a big brother or sister and referring often to "the new baby" would help smooth the transition.

Dr Mattock said reading books which told of new babies arriving also helped young children understand they had a younger sibling on the way.

"After the baby is born make them feel important and give them jobs to do, particularly if they're old enough to want to be helping Mummy," she said.

"Making time to do things they like to do [is also important]."

There are more than 2800 one-child families in Camden and more than 5600 families with two or more children.

Dr Mattock said it was important for parents to try to keep their relationship with their first child as normal as possible.

"It can help if the new baby gets the first child a gift for being such a good older brother or sister."

What’s the make-up of our families?

Families with one child:

Camden: 2827

Campbelltown: 8215

Wollondilly: 3947

Families with two or more children:

Camden: 5679

Campbelltown: 12,186

Wollondilly: 3947

New baby will change family's world:


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