The arrival of a new baby is a happy and joyful event, but if you already have a child, an older brother or sister, this can produce a feeling of heartbreaking jealousy and confusion.
What can you do?
During pregnancy, try to give your baby time when a new baby might arrive.
Explain to the child what to expect from the baby. Tell him that for the first few months he expects nothing but sleep and crying.
Tell him about how you gave birth to him and what you went through. Read books and watch movies about what it’s like to be a big brother or sister. Arrange a baby room or corner together.
If you are going to have help at home when the baby arrives, let them start coming a few weeks earlier so that the older child gets used to it.
Don’t blame the baby for all the changes in the life of the older child. If you can’t go outside because the baby is sleeping, don’t say that because that will create animosity and give the older child a reason not to like the baby.
Give the older child some benefits, let him go to bed later or have a longer time to play.
Do not silence the child so that the baby can sleep, the baby should get used to the noise, otherwise the situation in the house will be tense.
If the baby starts crying while playing with the older child, don’t jump from the first one, let her cry for a few minutes so that the older child feels important.
If the children do not share a room, tell the older child that his room will be a no-go zone for the baby and that he keeps all the small toys there. Put a protective fence on the door so that the baby cannot enter, and so that the door can be opened so that the older child does not feel isolated while playing.
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