Friday, April 19, 2013
Tips For Helping Your Toddler Adjust To A New Baby
Bringing a new baby into your home is a major adjustment for everyone in the family, especially for the toddler that will be transitioning from being the "baby" of the family to being the big brother or sister. Adjusting to the idea of a new baby can be a difficult concept for them to understand and many will not realize what is happening until their new sibling is actually born. The best way to prepare your toddler is to let him or her take the lead and be as involved in the preparation for the new baby as they want to be.
Some toddlers will transition seamlessly into their new role, while others will revert back to younger behavior and others may be upset and confused with the new arrival. Because their reaction to a new baby can be so unpredictable, there are some steps that you can take to help prepare and get your toddler excited for their new sibling. They include:
Involving your toddler- Allow them to make simple decisions for the baby, such as picking out an outfit or blanket, or have them color a special picture for the baby's room.
Making changes early- If your toddler will be transitioning to a toddler bed or different bedroom, start this process a few months before the new baby arrives. If dad will be taking the toddler to daycare or preschool after the birth of the baby, start that routine a few weeks before the baby is born.
Reading books- Reading stories about new babies and big brothers or sisters may help them to understand what changes are going to happen soon.
Avoiding major milestone changes- Try not to potty train, take away the pacifier or bottle too close to when the baby will be born. Too much change at once can leave your child feeling confused and worried.
Spending time together- Make sure your little one receives quality one on one time together doing a special activity with your toddler before the birth of the baby and after.
Exposing them to a baby beforehand- If possible, visit a friend or relative that has a baby to show them what a baby will be like when it is first born; explain that the baby won't be able to play with them at first. Also mentioning that a new baby is likely to cry and sleep a lot in the beginning.
Adding a new baby to your family is an exciting time for everyone; with a little patience and preparation, your toddler will be the happiest big brother or sister on the block!
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