So you’re having a new baby! How exciting! Are you a little worried your other child won’t adjust? Even if he or she is excited about having a new sibling before the birth, your child may change their mind once the new baby comes home.
Children who are more flexible and self-contained may adjust more easily, opposed to those who are highly sensitive and need more time with transitions. Your older child is likely to want your attention most when you’re nursing or changing a diaper. He or she may even try to express his or her feelings by yanking the baby’s arm or snatching the baby’s toys.
How Can I Help My Child Adjust?
1) Ask His Advice: Do you think the baby would like to wear the blue shirt or yellow shirt?”
2) Let Them Tell The Baby A Story: Have your child help make a simple picture book about him and his new sibling.
3) Watch The Baby Together: Invite your other child to observe the baby with you.
4) Let Them Do Their Own Thing: If your child doesn’t want to be involved with the new baby, don’t push it.
5) Keep your childs’ routine the same as it was before the new baby came home. This will provide a buffer against the stress of change.
Above are just a few tips for helping your little one adjust to the newest little one.