Sibling Rivalry

Bringing a new baby home is a big adjustment for everybody, not just mom and dad, but brothers and sisters too! Many Heartland hospitals have special classes that help make this big adjustment a little easier. The sibling class at Southeast Missouri Hospital gives kids a hands-on lesson, on what it means to be a big brother or sister.

11-year-old Brandon Evans already knows what it's like to be a big brother. He helps out with three-year-old D.J. all the time, but now both of them are getting ready for a new arrival, a baby sister. Brandon says, "My mom's very excited because this is her first girl and most of the family's got girls so she's really excited." At first, D.J. said he's not too excited about having a little sister, but he is excited about the sibling class at Southeast Hospital. The class teaches kids what to expect when the new baby gets home, and how they can help once it gets there. Class instructor LaDonna Wills says, "We also emphasize to the big brother or big sister they're still very special and their spot in the family is very unique. We also tell them that this new baby in any way won't replace them, and that there will be a new baby to love and grow with."

Changing diapers is something most of the kids don't want to think about right now. But after a few tries, D.J's already looking forward to helping his mom out. D.J. says he plans on helping his mom feed the baby and change her diaper. Brandon's already making plans for the new arrival. Brandon says, "Me and D.J. are hoping we get to hold the baby when she gets home, and when she gets older teach her to talk and walk around."

If you've got more questions about how to Baby Your Baby and their siblings, we're working with health departments in Southeast Missouri, Southern Illinois, Western Kentucky, and Northwest Tennessee.

Missouri: 1-800-TEL-LINK

Illinois: 1-800-323-GROW

Kentucky 1-888-430-3000

Tennessee 1-800-428-2229

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