New Baby, New Adjustments: Tips to Help Your Little One Adapt to a New Sibling
It can be a struggle for your toddler to get used to having a new baby in the picture. How your firstborn reacts to the news can vary, depending on your little one’s age. However, there are many ways you can help your child adjust to the presence of another baby. Check out these tips to help make it a smooth and happy transition!
Start the Conversation
There’s only so much a young toddler will grasp, but if you point to your tummy and tell your child there’s a baby in there and that it will come out, they’ll most likely get it. And the bigger mom gets, the more the child understands. If you feel comfortable, let him feel when the baby kicks. You can even start transitioning your little one into new schedules and routines ahead of the baby’s arrival to get him used to what life will be like once his new brother or sister arrives.
Reassuring your firstborn is key. Let your toddler come visit you and the new baby as much as he wants to reaffirm the family dynamic. Even having dad, grandparents or a close friend help fill in for mom at home helps your toddler adjust to the new routine. Emphasize his role as a big brother and that this new little person will love him. If your child is old enough, you might even want to give him a simple responsibility, so that he feels he’s helping to take care of the baby.
Get Them Talking
Encourage your toddler to talk about his new sibling, using the baby’s name so he understands that the baby is a person. Ask him to introduce his little brother or sister when friends and family meet the new baby for the first time. Preparing beforehand along with direction and support, helps toddlers get used to everything new that’s happening around them. The more your toddler knows and understands, the happier the family can be!