Preparing Young Children for a New Baby in the Family
The arrival of a new baby is a life-changing event---not only for parents, but also for siblings. Young family members may find this time to be stressful and difficult, but preparation can help minimize their uncertainties.
The Super Sibling Class at Glendale Adventist Medical Center helps young children better understand what to expect when a new brother or sister joins the family. This free one-hour class is designed for children age two through eight and prepares them for the transition ahead.
- Children and parents view a whimsical video. Through animation, real life sibling stories and music, children gain skills and understanding needed to make positive contributions as big brothers and sisters.
- Children play with realistic baby dolls, role-playing safe and fun ways to be included in the exciting activity that comes with having a new baby at home.
- Parents and children tour the Maternity Center and may be able to visit a new mom and baby.
- Children receive a canvas gift bag with a "Welcome Home" kit and a personalized Super Sibling certificate.
- Parents and grandparents have the opportunity to tell stories, ask questions and share thoughts about the expected addition in the family.
Parents and children can browse resource and picture books, and a book list is available to help with further research.
The class is offered on the third Wednesday of each month from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. It is held in the second floor reception room of the Maternity Center. For more information or to register, please click here or call 818-409-8100.