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How to prepare your toddler for the arrival of a new baby
Whenever a baby arrives in this world the parents of the new born celebrate the particular occasion with a great deal of joy as well as excitement. But have you ever experienced the reaction of the sibling of the newborn? Well to your utter surprise you will notice the other kid throwing tantrums because of a strange confusion and jealousy. Even though this kind of a reaction by the sibling of your new born may frustrate you and worse in some cases the parents may even regret their decision of bringing in a new baby as their attention towards the sibling would now decrease a little.
You should start making your efforts even before you introduce the new born to your other kid. Here your patience and understanding will be the key as it will ultimately decide the way your newborn’s sibling reacts to the change that has been brought in her little world.
What can you do to prepare your toddler before bringing in the newborn?
You should explain to your elder kid that milk is made by a mother for her baby and nursing is a method by which a baby can eat. Explain to your kid that by nursing baby will feel better if he is scared or feeling bad about something.
Tandem nursing is something which should be explained to your elder toddler lovingly. You should make your toddler see the fact that the newborn cannot eat solid foods similar to your toddler and so he requires quite a lot of nursing. In addition you should never hide breastfeeding from your elder kid as it will help your child to understand the fact that a child is fed in a healthy manner through breastfeeding and it is in no way a shameful act.
While your newborn is nursing you may talk to you toddler or get him to turn pages of a book as you read out to him. You can also play games like ‘Simon Says’ or play fun games while having your food together with your toddler. If you are tired from attending your newborn and feel like having a nap while your elder kid doesn’t you should adopt some ways like childproofing a particular room of your home so that your little kid cannot run around in the bathroom while you rest. Bring in some cool toys which your toddler will enjoy playing with without disturbing you much.
It is definitely not an easy task to deal with the extreme reaction of the sibling of your new born. After all your elder kid is also a child and you really cannot make him see sense by scolding or hitting him. This would lead to the sibling getting rebellious. It is an uphill climb for the parents of a new born to the sibling acceptance.