#54: Mom Story: How I Helped My Only Child Welcome a New Baby

by | Feb 27, 2023 | New parent, Podcast

Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast

big brother welcoming a new baby

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#54: Mom Story: How I Helped My Only Child Welcome a New Baby

with Zlata Stankovic-Ramirez


When she found out she was pregnant, today’s featured mom wondered how she could help her only child welcome a new baby into their very established family of three. After all, they didn’t think they’d ever be a family a four and they were pretty settled in their ways. Here’s what she had to say about it…

“Somewhere along the way, Daniel expressed a desire to have a baby brother or sister. Perhaps it was when he was 3 or 4, when many of his friends at preschool were welcoming baby brothers and baby sisters into their families. His wish was granted a few weeks after he turned 8 years old! We welcomed a healthy baby girl, Lola, to our family this past fall, September 2022. From the moment we knew we were having a baby, we included Daniel every step of the way. He was truly ready to become a big brother and he genuinely enjoys and loves interacting with and having Lola in our lives, in our family, and in our home.”

In this episode, Zlata shares several ways that she and her husband helped Daniel not only prepare for a new little sister, but how they insured he wouldn’t feel displaced or insecure about this new little person who would soon make her appearance in the family.

Download 7 Tips for Helping Your Child Welcome a New Baby, based on an article authored by Dr. Stankovic-Ramirez, which will be published in Dimensions of Early Childhood, the professional journal for the Southern Early Childhood Association.


About our guest:

Zlata Stankovic-Ramirez is a mom and also an early childhood education academic researcher and instructor. She’s a fierce advocate of high-quality education for young children ages 0-8, seeking and demanding quality for all. In addition to her primary role as mom to Daniel and Lola, she has served the early childhood education community in various professional roles: as teacher, preschool director, education specialist, program director and higher education instructor.  She currently serves college students seeking EC-3 teacher certification as a faculty member (Assistant Professor). She is also conducting research that will improve early childhood education quality and practices for brain architects, early childhood educators, nationally and globally.

Dr. Zlata Stankovic-Ramirez podcast guest


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In the 2023 season of Parenting in the First 3 Years, we’ll be bringing on parents just like you to share the story of their personal journey. Would you like to apply to be considered as a guest? Let’s talk about it! Simply email Ann McKitrick at ask@nurturednoggins.com.

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