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Bringing Baby Home - How to Help Your Child Adjust to Life with a Newborn

Melissa Moog

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After Baby is Born

  • When baby is born have your toddler come in to spend time with you first before she's introduced to the new baby.

  • Use the baby's name so that the toddler knows the baby is a person rather than "the baby."

  • Encourage your toddler to touch the baby and show her how to do so in a gentle manner.

  • Make sure to continue your toddler's regular schedule once you come home with baby (ask for help from family members to assist you).

  • It is important to maintain the same rules and discipline even after the new baby arrives so your toddler has consistency.

  • Include your toddler in usual routines for the baby such as diaper changing, feeding time or bathing.

  • Each parent should make quality one on one time with the toddler so she still feels that she has your love and attention.

  • Have your toddler become your little helper by asking her to get a diaper for the baby or find the baby's toy.

  • If your child is older it will be easier for her to adjust to a newborn sibling because they can understand what is happening and be actively involved.

  • You should encourage involvement in helping with the new baby but not force it. Offer to your older child that she can attend an infant CPR or child safety course designed for children who will become a new big brother or sister. If your child feels like she has the skills and confidence to help care for her newborn sibling it will make it an easier transition on all of you.


Resources:

Keys to Preparing and Caring for Your Second Child by Meg Zweiback

Siblings Without Rivalry by Faber & Mazlich

Feedback from a parent on reading both books - "The latter has tips which will be more useful long past the day that baby #2 arrives, whereas the first book deals more with psychological and practical preparations for the family's newcomer, with an emphasis on the early days. Both are gems."


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