My son wants a sibling

Keri - posted on 01/12/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )




In the past couple of days my son (5 yrs) has been asking for a brother AND sister. When we tell him he can't have one tomorrow and he asks why, we just tell him it takes time. Is there a way to approach the subject of how he'd get a sibling without having to have "the talk"?


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Jodi - posted on 01/13/2012




Well, my son was 7 1/2 when my daughter was born, and during the pregnancy, he would look at the baby book with me and follow the progress of the pictures of the size of the baby. He could then see, month by month, how the baby had to grow. You could try something like this to explain why it takes so long. Sure, you run the risk of him asking how it got there (when mummy and daddy love each other very much, and want a baby very much), but this helped me.

Chrystal - posted on 01/12/2012




I don't know your families religious views so sorry if this offends but if it were my son I'd say something along the lines of "The gods put a baby in mommies tummy and the baby lives there till they grow big and strong and are ready to be out of mommies tummy. But they only do that when they think it's the right time for us to have a baby" If he asked a specific question I'd answer it but I don't think at 5 you need to go into graphic details. A non religious way could be when you and his dad decide it's the right time. You can't really get around some sort of talk of how babies are made when you are talking about him getting a sibling but you don't have to go into the whole sex part of it at 5 I don't think.

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