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Inside: Discover an easy way to make the countdown to a new baby more special for your child and help them prepare for the arrival of a new family member.
I’m not at all a crafty person. But I love creating little projects for my son if I know he will like them. For him, it doesn’t matter that they are far from looking as “perfect” as the pictures I see on Pinterest.
If he likes the idea, he enjoys it with all his heart. And this is all that matters for me!
Ever since I got pregnant with our second child I often got questions from him about when the baby will be born. And even if I did my best to tell him about the 40 weeks of pregnancy, at his age he can’t easily visualize such a long period of time.
As the pregnancy progressed and my belly got bigger, the questions came more often and I could see how excited he is to meet the baby.
To make the last weeks of pregnancy more fun and exciting for him, I decided to create a countdown to baby calendar. I looked for items that I had in my house that could help me create the calendar and in half an hour the project was ready!
When I showed the countdown to my son he immediately liked the idea! He could finally see how much longer it takes until the baby will be born, and the waiting is a lot more fun now!
If you want to try this idea for your kids as you are waiting for a new baby, here are all the details about our countdown to baby calendar. It’s very easy to create and perfect for helping children prepare for the arrival of a new family member.
How to create a countdown to baby calendar to enjoy with your child
Here is the list of supplies that I used:
- a cork bulletin board (similar to this one)
- foam stickers (with letters and numbers)
- color coding labels
- stickers from one of my son’s sticker books.
As I mentioned before, the reason for choosing these supplies was that I already had them at home when I created the countdown calendar. So you can easily replace them with other options if you have other supplies on hand.
How I created the countdown to baby calendar
My calendar only includes the last 7 weeks of pregnancy. You can include more weeks if you want but I think that the space on the board only allows a maximum of 5 rows of stickers (so 10 weeks).
If you want to create a countdown for the whole pregnancy, you can use the stickers to count the weeks instead of the days.
Here is how I created our calendar:
- I used foam letters to write on the board and show that this is not only a countdown to the baby’s arrival but also a countdown until our son will become a big brother.
- I used foam numbers to mark each of the seven weeks, then I added 7 labels for each week. Each sticker includes the number of days left until the due date and the date when it needs to be removed (to help us keep track of the days easier).
- At the end of each week, I added a different sticker that marks the moment when we will do an activity together (related to the baby’s arrival).
This is all!
The calendar was very easy to make and even if it doesn’t look perfect, it does a great job in helping us keep track of the days left until we will meet the baby.
I used different colors for the last 4 weeks of the pregnancy to let our son know that the baby could come sooner than expected.
He knows that if the baby comes during the “yellow” weeks the birth would be a little early (but it might happen). Also, he knows that the baby could decide to come anytime during the “green” weeks and not wait until the due date.
I also told him that sometimes babies are born after their due date (as it happened in his case), just to make sure that he won’t feel disappointed if we reach the last day on the calendar and we’re still waiting for the baby.
What activities we included in our countdown to baby calendar
Instead of deciding on the weekly activities beforehand, I just created a list of ideas and I let my son choose what he wants to do anytime we reach one of the special stickers at the end of the weeks.
⭐ Make a painting (or drawing) for the baby (that we will display next to the crib).
⭐ Help me install the crib and the bassinet for the baby. (my son loves helping me put new things together)
⭐ Go to the store to buy something for the baby (like a small toy or a onesie).
⭐ Prepare a handmade gift for the baby.
⭐ Talk about my son’s birth and look at pictures from when he was a baby.
⭐ Have a family pajama party and celebrate the fact that he will become a big brother.
⭐ Watch cartoon episodes about becoming a big brother. (My son loved the Daniel Tiger series, so we will rewatch these episodes from season 5 and talk about becoming a big brother)
⭐ Make a video for the baby. (I want to invite my son to talk about how he feels about becoming a big brother and welcoming a new baby in our family and record his thoughts. This video will certainly become a wonderful memory for our family.)
⭐ Help me prepare the clothes drawer for the baby.
If you liked these ideas I hope they will inspire you to create a countdown to baby calendar for your kids!
The calendar is a great way to help children prepare for the new baby and also a wonderful opportunity to connect with the little ones before welcoming a new member into your family!
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