There is no easy way to introduce the concept of a new baby to older siblings, and prepare them for life with a person who is going to cry, sleep (not play) and take up so much of their parents’ time.
To help you broach this rather sensitive topic, Orchard Toys have produced a new game, New Baby Lotto, which gives you plenty of opportunities to talk about day to day life with a baby – which is what psychologists recommend you do, along with including your older children in preparations for the new arrival.
The game itself is very simple: there are four boards, each showing a scene with a new baby, and six pictures of everyday items that will be used around the nursery. Corresponding cards are laid face down on the table, and 2 to 4 players take it in turn to turn the cards over, one at a time, to see if they match what’s on the board. The first person to fill their board is the winner.
In our experience, toddlers love lotto games. What better situation, then, to broach the subject of the new arrival and how it might be making them feel?
New Baby Lotto costs £9.50 and is suitable for children aged 2 and over. We’ve got four to give away! Just enter the competition below.