The Baby Blogs. Day 15 – Preparing Your Older Child for Your New Arrival
Posted by: Sue Atkins
Having a new baby is very exciting but your older child may worry about what all the changes may mean to them as for the last year or two they have probably been the centre of your universe so it’s a good idea to prepare them for this exciting new arrival.
Sibling Showdown & Meltdown !
Even if you do everything I’ve just suggested, your child will still act up at times. These problems are a normal part of becoming an older sibling. Here’s how to tackle them:
Tip 15. Get ready for regression. Lots of children go backwards for a time. Thinking “I want to be a baby, too!” stage. This is a normal reaction to the image of you holding and cuddling your newborn. When your older child regresses into baby talk and thumb sucking, allow them the luxury of being babied a bit, while at the same time focusing on the benefits of being an older child in the family. Try to talk about all the fun things big kids can do but babies can’t, such as “Big boys can feed themselves, wash their face, climb upstairs but babies can’t” and “Big girls can climb monkey bars, but babies can’t.” Your child will gradually realise that they don’t want to be a baby again.
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