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    Worry about older child/children

    For those of you mums who already have a child, are you worried about your older child or children feeling jealous of the new bub? My youngest is mummy's boy. I worry that he will have a hard time adjusting. My oldest did not have trouble with the transition to big brother. What will you do to help ease the transition for your child or children?

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    Dear sgroves1,

    Yes this was a big concern of mine when I was pregnant with my second son. However, I actually found that the transition time (of my eldest getting used to having a new sibling) went easier than I feared. In particular, my experience (and that I have observed) has been that responding to the youngest's every need when you are pregnant and giving them lots of one-to one attention has helped them to connect better and quicker with the new family member and adjust to the new family set-up. I believe this is much better for everyone concerned than trying to 'wean' a younger child off so much parental attention which I have sadly also seen with difficult results for everyone.

    In terms of practical tips - I found Dr Sears really helpful on this; please have a look at Introducing a New Baby: 11 Smooth-Entry Tips.

    I also found that sharing books about new babies really helpful. Including talk of the baby in day-to-day conversation can be helpful and natural too.

    Do let me know what you think,
    Warm wishes,
    LJ

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    Thanks for your reply, ljmarsden!

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