Part of the joy of a new baby in the family is the developing relationship between the new baby and your toddler. Of course, there is a lot of information and advice about sibling rivalry and how to avoid or minimise jealousy, but there is always a bond between brothers and sisters, even when they sometimes seem to hate each other.
Just as you will be creating your bond with your new baby in the first weeks, so you can help your toddler to do the same. Like you, they need to get to know their new brother or sister and there are things you can do to encourage this. When you are bathing your new baby, your toddler can ‘help’ and while they are doing this, encourage them to talk to the baby about what they have been doing today.
Suggest to your toddler a song that can be their special bathtime song for the new baby, so that an individual bond is created between the two small children - as the baby grows and develops, they can come to singing together.
A specific toy that your toddler shares with the new baby will also give them a way of communicating and creating a shared relationship, which all parents hope will then be a lifelong support to them both.