How you can make your Elder One adjust with a Newborn
It can be difficult for your elder one to adjust to the newborn. So here are a few ways that can help you to bond with the younger one.
- Teach your elder child appropriate methods to interact with his new sibling. In the same way you would teach him anything else, you may teach your toddler how to play with the infant. Talk to him, show him, offer advice, and be supportive.
- Teach the older child how to rub the infant's back. Tell how the infant is calmed by this type of stroking, and congratulate the larger child on a job well done.
- Make encouraging remarks whenever you notice the older child gently holding the infant.
- Increase the number of small acts of love you show your child. Say more "I love yous," give more hugs each day, and schedule time to read a book or play a game.
- Make time just for your older child. Together, you can read, play games, listen to music, or just talk. Let him know you care about him and want to spend time with him.
- Have your older child spend time with dad. A new baby presents a great opportunity for fathers to spend time alone with older children.
- Don't forget about the wants and activities of your older child. Tell her how much you cherish her. Spend some time alone with her every day if you can; take this opportunity to tell her how special she is.