New Sibling: 5 Tips to Help Your Child Adjust

There is nothing more joyful and exciting than bringing home a new bundle of joy! A new baby can also bring changes to your family. This is especially true, if you have an older child.

These changes can be hard for older children to handle. Remember that they have been the only child at home for a long time. The good news is that you can help your older child adjust to the new addition to your family.

Here are 5 ways to make sure that your older child adjusts well to the new baby in your family:

  1. Prepare: Make sure that your child knows that there will be a new baby and make him a part of preparing for its arrival. Including him throughout the experience will make them feel involved and secure.

  2. Talk about his role: It is important that you talk about the importance of being a big brother and the role he will have in his sibling’s life. This way you can involve him in childcare too.

  3. Make time: Be sure to make time for your older child even after the new baby’s arrival. He will still need loads of cuddles and time with you.

  4. Talk about feelings: It is also important for you to talk to your child about what he feels about his new sibling. Encourage him to express his feelings openly so that you can help him adjust.

  5. Show gratitude: Always show your appreciation for your child’s efforts in trying to be a good big brother. This will make him feel special and a part of the new family dynamic.

Dorothy Hastings is the Director of First School, which are three preschool and Child Day Care centers located throughout Southern California. First School provides a hands-on approach to preschool education and child care programs that emphasizes all around child development. In addition to their intuitive academic approach, First School also focuses on developing a child’s social skills and self-confidence, which is made possible in their intimate learning atmosphere.

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