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4 Ways to Help Older Siblings Adjust to a New Baby

Nothing shakes up a family like the arrival of a new baby! Sleep becomes elusive, tired parents lose their patience, and jealous older siblings like to make their feelings known. Bringing home a new baby can cause some upheaval, that’s for sure.

Older siblings are likely to display regressed behavior during this transition, which can be frustrating for parents. Bed wetting, baby talk, and an increase in temper tantrums are all to be expected.

4 Ways to Help Big Siblings Adjust:

Be patient

  • No matter how much you prepared your child for the arrival of the new baby, nothing compares to the actual arrival. Older siblings can’t conceptualize what it will really feel like to have that new little bundle of joy around. And with everyone telling them how great it will be, they are in for a bit of a shock when the baby actually comes home.
  • Be patient with your older children. It’s important to remember that their lives are directly affected by the arrival of the new baby. While it’s fun and exciting some of the time, it’s also stressful. Chances are they feel like they’re getting less time with mom and dad and feeling left out. Try not to react to regressed behaviors in frustration. Regressed behavior is often a child’s way of saying, “I need help.”


  • Is the new baby keeping you up all night? Are you exhausted and covered in spit up? Have you remembered to eat today? No? So you definitely can understand how a new arrival isn’t necessarily a bundle of happiness every second of every day.
  • Empathize with your child. Ask your child what’s hard about having the new baby around. Talk about what’s hard for you. Maybe even throw in a few jokes. Kids need to feel heard and understood. When you take the time to acknowledge their feelings and listen with understanding, you show them that their feelings matter.

Get them involved

  • Babies require a lot of attention, and older kids often feel left behind. Conversations and playtime are interrupted in favor of diaper changes and feedings, and chances are the nighttime routine even shifts a bit.
  • Instead of running off to attend to the baby each time the baby needs help, consider getting your older child involved. Toddlers and preschoolers often respond well to having their own baby-changing station nearby to mimic mom, but they can also help restock diapers, get wipes, and distract the baby with a toy while mom does the dirty work.
  • Find little ways to put your older child in a helping role, and suddenly, that older child won’t feel so left behind.

Schedule one-on-one time

  • Even though your big kid probably has friends, classes, school, and toys galore, she still needs you. One-on-one time with each parent provides crucial parent-child bonding opportunities, and it’s important to make time for it.
  • Let the dishes sit in the sink and try to stop worrying about the laundry and cleaning. Use those precious naps to engage in art, play, or other relaxing activities with your child. You might even want to create a “special-time box” full of fun little toys and activities that only get pulled out during your one-on-one time.

Everybody needs a little extra love and attention to ease the transition when the new baby arrives. How has your older child adjusted to the new arrival?

This article was written by EverydayFamily from Everyday Family and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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What I Miss About Having a Newborn

When you have a baby, time seems to slow to a snail’s pace. Sure, some days can seem like an endless cycle of diaper changes, feeding, naps and bottle washing—but all the wonderful things about babies definitely outweigh the drudgery. And there are so many delicious things to love about  babies. 

As a mom who’s been there and done that, I would give anything for one of those slow, simple days with my new baby, when I could supply the solution to almost any problem and I was my new baby's whole world. So, even when the days seem long, don’t forget to stop and smell the roses (or, in this case, your tiny newborn) and savor every single moment, because—trust me—the time really does fly by. Soon you, too, will be missing all of these:

  1. The smell (and we’re not talking diapers here).

    There’s something about the milky, clean essence of babyhood that only an infant can emit. Kiss one on the head, inhale, and you’ll know what I mean.
  2. The chubby baby feet

    It may sound weird, but whenever I see a newborn’s plump little toes I want to squeeze them. They’re just crying out for a game of “this little piggy went to market.”
  3. The miniature clothes

    Who doesn’t love shopping for baby wear? Those frilly dresses and adorable onesies. Those tiny jeans and t-shirts that make your little one look like the future big kid he or she will be. Those mini-me outfits that make you want to dress alike. It’s time to lock up the credit card, or you’ll spend it all in the baby aisle.
  4. The smiles

    And yes, we know they are truly smiles—not gas, no matter what anybody tells us! Right now, you are your baby’s everything, so when you return after even a short absence (say a trip to the bathroom), it’s time for celebration. Those gummy grins are just for you, and make it all worthwhile.
  5. The photo ops

    Now that we can take a zillion photos a minute and it doesn’t cost a penny, it’s just so much fun when your baby is immobile and not too squirmy. Pose your baby in every outfit in the closet just because you can. Soon, your baby will let you know he or she doesn’t appreciate modeling for your personal fashion show, but in the meantime, have fun. You’ll have lots to post on social media and we’re sure the grandparents won’t mind a flood of pictures in their inbox—just be sure to print out a few favorites for framing.
  6. The snuggles

    There’s nothing like the weight on a beloved, soft, warm baby contentedly curled up against your chest sleepy and sated after a feeding.
  7. The sounds they make

    We may not understand their adorable babbles and gurgles, but babies are probably trying to say something as they learn how language works. And it sounds so cute when they’re cooing, even just to themselves, when nobody is around.
  8. The intimacy

    Carrying them in a chest carrier, sling or wrap means keeping them safe and protected and right next to your heart. They’re as close as they can get outside of the womb. Do it for as long as you can because before you know it they’ll be too big to carry!
  9. The overall cuteness when they’re sleeping

    Babies are so darn cute! Who can get enough of them? No matter how exhausted you are at the end of the day, sneaking a peak at your sleeping infant will make you swoon like nothing else. Watching their tiny chests move up and down with each breath they take and admiring their sweet little mouths as they suckle in their sleep will bring tears to your eyes. It's astonishing to think that you created this gorgeous creature.
  10. The magic of watching them grow before your eyes

    One day they can hardly see out of their brand new eyes and the next they are focusing intently on your face as if they are wise old souls. First they just lie there, then they are rolling over. Every day there are a myriad of changes that happen right before your eyes. Watch carefully because it truly is a miracle of life.

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8 Props For Great Newborn Photos

Your baby is finally here and you’re quickly filling up the memory on your cellphone with photos of the little darling. Or maybe you’ve called in a professional to capture the beginning of your baby’s life in images that you will cherish forever.

You’ve taken all the basic shots of your newborn in the bassinette and being held by mom, dad, and all the grandparents, aunts and uncles. But what are you missing? Of course your newborn is precious all by him or herself, but it’s also fun to use props to show just how tiny baby is at this moment.

Here are some ideas from newborn photographer Christina Rae of Christina Rae Photography that may give you the perfect photo for your birth announcement, or at least a bunch that will look great framed on your fridge and grandma’s mantle.

  1. It’s a wrap:
  2. Most babies love to be wrapped and swaddled because it gives them a feeling of warmth and security. Use a beautiful piece of fabric, a textured throw blanket or a favorite scarf which will highlight baby’s newborn skin.

  3. Top it off:
  4. Simple knit hats or bonnets are a great way to add some color and style to a newborn portrait. Did you get any hand-knit beanies as gifts? Or how about one with cute bunny ears or that looks like the top of a strawberry? Have fun with different toppers that show off baby’s beautiful face.

  5. A girly touch:
  6. A stretchy or decorative headband adds a little something special and is a pretty touch for a baby girl. 

  7. Furry friend:

    Taking an image with baby’s arm around a small stuffed animal is always super sweet.

  8. Doll baby:

    Similarly, position baby in a sturdy old-fashioned cradle for a cute photo op.

  9. My name is:

    Lie baby next to wooden blocks that spell out his or her name.

  10. Just the facts:

    Announce all the details that everyone wants to know by photographing your newborn next to a ruler, a clock showing the time of birth and a calendar with the date circled

  11. Current events:

    Place the birth in context by posing him or her next to the front page of the day’s newspaper or the current cover of a favorite news or fashion magazine.

In general, Rae says, “When choosing a prop, the simpler the better. You never want it to take over and distract from the baby, who should be the center of attention in a portrait. Neutral and soft colors will help ensure the images captured are timeless.”

And remember, safety is key, she says. “Choose fabrics that are soft and won’t scratch baby. Never place a newborn in or near anything made of glass and watch for any sharp edges. Never leave a newborn unattended with a prop and always keep baby within arm’s reach. All of these props should only be used during the photo op and removed immediately afterward.

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X Number of Ways Your Life Will Change Post Baby

You’ve set up the nursery, stocked up on diapers, and read all the expecting baby books, but nothing can fully prepare you for the arrival of your new baby. Here are just a few examples of how your life is going to change in new and unexpected ways.

  1. You are on baby time. Forget your daily routine, your alarm clock, your live TV. Once your baby arrives your whole day will revolve around feeding, diaper changing and sleeping – when the baby sleeps. You will eventually develop a new regular schedule, but it will be dictated by your baby’s preferences and behavior, not your own.

  2. You will want to put the world in a bubble. Square table corners? Grandma’s purse? Door hinges? Everything suddenly takes on an ominous vibe and seems like potential baby danger. Baby proofing will actually be really fun (and you might stash a few outlet covers in your diaper bag – really).

  3. Taking a shower will be a fantastic luxury. Things you took for granted before baby, such as taking a hot shower uninterrupted, reading a book, or meeting a girlfriend for coffee, will now seem indulgent – and really special. Don’t forget to make time for yourself, but it will be harder to come by in the beginning.

  4. You will find your silly. Babbling, cooing, making goofy faces – get ready to bring out your silly side to engage and communicate with your baby. You’ll find yourself knowing every word to the most ridiculous children’s songs, dancing unconsciously to puppet videos playing on TV, and giving over your playlist priorities to making your baby happy. Unleashing your inner child will be one of the true delights of being a new mom.

  5. You will have new respect for your mom and the moms in your life. Caring for your baby, worrying over every little hiccup, persevering through sleepless nights, and putting yourself second will give you a new appreciation for what your parents went through raising you.

  6. Bodily functions and fluid will not faze you at all. Spit up? Vomit? Poop? No big deal. You’ll be cleaning up messes you never imagined possible, and then you’ll just move on with your day.

  7. You will see your body differently – and it will be different. After nine months of watching your body change you will now watch it transform again. You will have a new respect for what your body can do, and care a lot less about what other people think about it.

  8. You won’t take selfies; you’ll take hundreds of baby pictures instead. Instead of filtering everything just so, you’ll be busy taking endless photos of your baby and trying desperately to capture every single moment. And, of course you’ll be sharing them all with friends and family!

Enjoy the changes that come with having a new baby. Your life will never be the same - it will be richer and full of many wonderful surprises that no parenting book could ever prepare you for.

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The Calming Benefits of an Infant Massage

Whether it's to soothe your little one to dreamland or to ease his gassy belly, a gentle massage can work wonders for your baby — and the power is in your tender touch.

You’re not the only one who craves a soothing body rub every now and then. Babies also find a gentle laying on of hands very relaxing — and even therapeutic. That’s because of the five senses, touch is the one that’s most developed at birth, and there’s research to suggest that infant massage has enormous benefits for helping babies grow and thrive.

How can infant massage benefit your little one?

It can help ease your baby’s tummy troubles and teething pains, boost his muscle development, calm him when hes fussy, and soothe him to sleep. But the advantages don’t stop there: All that stroking and touching make it easier for you to bond with your newborn. What’s more, giving your baby a massage can help you find your own inner Zen, too (and who can argue with that?).

You can start these gentle massages the day you bring your baby home. Or you can encourage your partner to try his hand at infant massage — a good opportunity for dad-and-baby bonding.

Here’s what to keep in mind before you (or your partner) lay your hands on your newborn:

  1. Make infant massage part of your daily routine.

    Consider massaging your baby around the same time every day so that he comes to expect and enjoy it. What time’s best? There’s no “best” time, really. In general, you want to choose a time when you’re not feeling rushed (so don’t try to squeeze in a squeeze session while dinner’s cooking or you’ve got the washer and dryer going) or when your baby isn’t hungry (since he won’t enjoy the belly rubs if his belly’s empty) or too full (he’ll likely spit up his supper — you won’t make that mistake twice!).

  2. Pick an area that’s comfortable for both of you

    And warm — at least 75° F — so your nearly naked newborn doesn’t catch a chill while he’s chilling from your massage. You can massage your little one on the changing table, your bed (put a towel underneath to avoid oil stains on your comforter), even on the rug (use a towel there too). Add some soothing background music or simply use the time to talk and sing to your baby.

  3. Follow your baby’s cues.

    No one likes to be massaged when they’re not in the mood, and that’s true for your baby as well. If he turns away or frowns or cries when you lay your hands on, save the session for later. And remember, you don’t have to give a full-body massage every time. If your baby decides he’s had enough after you’ve rubbed his legs and feet, that’s okay too.

  4. Be gentle — and don’t apply too much pressure or it will be overpowering.

    Another smart tip from the infant massage playbook: Stroking away from the heart (from shoulder to wrist, for example) is relaxing, and therefore better suited for pre-nap or pre-bedtime massages. Stroking toward the heart (from wrist to shoulder) is more stimulating and better suited for when your baby will be awake and active. You can also do a combo.

Here are some infant massage moves to get you started:

  • Legs and feet. Hold your baby’s heel in one hand; with your other hand, start at the top of the thigh and slowly stroke all the way down to the ankle, gently squeezing the leg as you go, as if you were milking a cow. Reverse the motion and go from ankle to thigh. Then rub the feet with your thumbs, gently uncurling and stroking the toes. Switch legs. You can do these same strokes on the arms and hands.
  • Head. Start with your hands on both sides of your baby’s head, then run your hands down both sides of his body, from his head to his toes. Next, draw tiny circles on your baby’s head with your fingertips.
  • Face. Fold your hands (as if you were praying) on your baby’s forehead, then gently push outward from the center. Next, use your thumb to draw a smile on your baby’s face by stroking from one cheek, across the upper lip to the other cheek. Repeat on the lower lip.
  • Chest. Fold your hands on your baby’s chest, then push out to the sides, as if you were smoothing the pages of an open book.
  • Tummy. With your fingertips, draw an oval below your baby’s belly button. (Move clockwise, to follow the natural path of digestion.) Next, “walk” your fingertips from one side of your baby’s belly to the other, on the diagonal, as if you were making an “X.”
  • Back. Stroke his back side to side and then up and down.



Moments that Make Any New Parent Feel Like a Superhero

The first few weeks (okay, months) with a new baby can be grueling for first time parents. No matter how many books you read, documentaries you watch or classes you take, actually having the baby in your arms can come with some pretty massive shockers (this is what nursing is SUPPOSED to feel like?!). I spent the first few weeks of my son’s life wearing maternity sweatpants and an unclipped nursing bra and trying, desperately, to get him to complete the most basic tasks of life — eating and sleeping. Most of the time in those early days I felt both physically and emotionally drained but, along the way, even in those first few weeks there were moments that made my heart and confidence soar. These twenty-six milestones and moments from the first few months are guaranteed to make any new parent feel like a true superhero!

  1. Slipping your baby into their carrier and taking that first long walk around the neighborhood.
  2. Rattling off your baby’s newborn stats like a boss- “21 1/2 inches, 9lbs 9 oz’s, yeah I did it vaginally – so what?”
  3. The day you no longer need the poop-log to make reassure you that they’re doing okay.
  4. The first time you leave the house with baby in a real outfit instead of just a footed sleeper.
  5. Seeing your baby’s weight begin to shoot up at their weekly appointments and realizing that they’re already growing up.
  6. The first time your baby cries in someone else’s arms and is comforted immediately just by being put back in yours.
  7. Realizing that you now have the ability to swaddle your babe with your eyes half-closed.
  8. The first time you nurse the baby in public without any major nip-slip.
  9. Anytime you received a compliment on your baby’s name (don’t lie, everyone wants other people to think their baby’s name is cool).
  10. Becoming an expert at the car-seat to bassinet transfer.
  11. Seeing the first smile flicker across your baby’s lips and knowing that it’s there because of something you did.
  12. The first time you recognize your baby’s different cries and know right away what they need.
  13. Following (okay, even close to following) your old beauty routine for the first time since the baby was born.
  14. When you manage to remember to write anything at all in that “dear baby” journal you got at your baby shower.
  15. The first time your baby rolls over and you realize that tummy time (despite the cries) is really paying off.
  16. The first time you put on pants WITH A ZIPPER.
  17. Anytime your baby meets a milestone even a day earlier that the book says he will.
  18. When you manage to fold laundry and do dishes in the same day (!!!)
  19. Getting into a groove with your partner around who does what baby chores.
  20. When a nosey relative finally admits that maybe baby care advice has changed in the past 25 years.
  21. Successfully clipping your sleeping baby’s fingernails for the first time.
  22. Seeing a parent with a baby newer than yours and finally being the one who gets to give advice.
  23. Cooking a meal, any meal, with more than four ingredients.
  24. When, just as you think you can’t take any more sleepless nights, you start to notice a definite pattern of longer stretches between wake-ups.
  25. Realizing that this parenting thing, no matter how hard it is, is the best thing that’s ever happened to you.
  26. Good luck out there new parents!

This article was written by EverydayFamily from Everyday Family and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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Baby Milestones: Growth & Development

Your baby’s growth and development in the first couple years of life is an amazing journey to witness. From first smiles to first words to first steps and more — there’s a host of physical, social and sensory changes your child is experiencing and mastering. Find out more about what you can expect from your growing baby — and when.

“Because (children) develops at (their) own particular pace, it’s impossible to tell exactly when yours will perfect a given skill,” advises the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). So it can often be difficult to predict specific growth and development milestones. Your pediatrician is your best resource for determining whether your baby is on track in growth and development. If you have concerns, talk to your child's doctor.

There are, however, some baseline physical, social and sensory milestones your little one will reach from birth to age 2. The AAP outlines these as a general.


Birth-3 months

Your baby will most likely:

  • Be able to raise her head and chest when on her stomach.
  • Stretch and kick when on her back.
  • Open and close her hands.
  • Be able to grasp and shake objects and bring them to her mouth.
  • Begin to smile.
  • Enjoy being around and playing with other people.
  • Be expressive and communicative with her face and body.
  • Imitate some movements and expressions.
  • Follow moving objects with her gaze.
  • Recognize familiar objects and people, even at a distance.
  • Begin using eye-hand coordination.

4-7 months

Milestones at this stage include:

  • Being able to roll right and left.
  • Sitting up, with and without the support of her hands.
  • Supporting her weight on her legs.
  • Reaching out with just one hand.
  • Transferring object from one hand to another.
  • Using a raking grasp.
  • Enjoying play.
  • Showing an interest in mirror images.
  • Responding to expressions of emotions and appearing happy often.
  • Finding partly hidden objects.
  • Exploring surroundings with hands and mouth.
  • Showing interest in and struggling to grasp out-of-reach objects.

8 months-1 year

Your little one is most likely mobile now and at this stage should be able to:

  • Get herself into a sitting position without your help.
  • Crawl forward on her belly.
  • Assume hands-and-knees position and rock back and forth.
  • Go from sitting down to crawling.
  • Pull herself up to stand.
  • Walk around holding onto furniture.
  • Show preference for specific people and toys.
  • Finger-feed herself.
  • Explore objects in different ways.
  • Find hidden objects easily.
  • Look at correct picture when image is named.
  • Imitate your gestures.
  • Begin using objects like spoons and cups correctly.

Note: Some babies at this stage might be shy around strangers, experience separation anxiety and cry when you leave the room.

What to watch for:

Babies all develop in their own ways and on their own schedules. If you believe that your child is not reaching certain milestones, be sure to speak with your doctor.

Some things to look by the end of baby’s first year include:

  1. Is your child able to crawl?
  2. Does she drag one side of her body when crawling?
  3. Does she have trouble standing when you support her?
  4. Does she speak any single words yet like “mama” or “papa”?
  5. Does she use gestures and point at objects or pictures?


1-2 years

Your little one may now be walking (and running!) around your home, exploring the environment. Physical growth and development continue to blossom, and now your child is testing and learning more and more every day.

  • Physical, social and sensory development at this stage includes:
  • Walking unaided and possibly enjoy pulling a toy behind while in motion.
  • Running.
  • Standing on tiptoes.
  • Kicking a ball and other objects.
  • Awareness of self as being separate from you and others.
  • Enjoying being around other children and playing — sometimes in “parallel”, rather than together with another child.
  • Sorting objects by shape and color.
  • Enjoying make-believe.
  • Using simple language in short phrases.

What to watch for:

Again, all children develop at their own pace. Be sure to speak with your pediatrician if you have any concerns about your little one not hitting certain milestones.

Some things that could indicate signs of developmental delay in your toddler include:

  • Your baby can’t walk by 18 months, or push a wheeled toy by age 2.
  • Your toddler walks exclusively on her toes after being able to walk for several months.
  • If your child doesn’t have a roughly 15-word vocabulary by 18 months and can’t use 2-word sentences by age 2.
  • Doesn’t grasp the intended function of common household objects such as a brush, cellphone or spoon by 15 months.
  • Does not imitate actions or words or follow simple instructions by age 2.

Look out, mom and dad! Your toddler will be a preschooler in no time. Your little one’s physical growth and motor development will start to slow down a bit in the coming years, but she’ll continue to undergo amazing changes to her mind and body.

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Introducing Your Newborn to Your Pet

Before the arrival of your newborn, try our tips to help your pet make a happy and safe transition and better welcome your new baby.

As a pet parent, you’ve spent lots of time loving and caring for your pets. To help your animal companions transition happily to life with a new baby, here are several things you can do to help them welcome your newest family member.

  • Introduce new smells and sounds.
    Allow your pet to sniff items the baby has used, such as an undershirt or blanket. “That way the dog will become familiar with the baby’s smell and be less curious when the newcomer arrives,” advises Debra Holtzman, a nationally recognized child safety and health expert ( She also suggests finding a recording of baby cries and other voices from the Web and then playing these sounds for your pet.

  • Get a checkup.
    Before baby’s arrival, it’s a good idea to take your pet to the veterinarian for a routine exam and any necessary vaccinations. If your pet hasn’t been spayed or neutered, this is a good time to schedule the procedure. “These pets typically have fewer reproductive-related health problems and are also calmer and less likely to bite,” says Dr. Jeff Werber, an Emmy-award winning veterinarian and pet-parenting specialist in the Los Angeles area. Werber also recommends making sure your pet is accustomed to having its nails trimmed.

  • Give your pet a pedicure.
    Cats in particular should have their nails trimmed at least five days before the baby comes home, “so that if the cat reaches out to gently touch the baby, there won't be sharp nails which may unintentionally scratch the baby,” advises Werber.

  • Do a test run.
    Consider using a toy baby doll to help your pet, especially a dog, get accustomed to a real baby. Holtzman recommends engaging in routine activities, such as feeding, diaper changing, and holding the “baby.” “Take the dog out for a walk with the doll in a stroller to find out how it will react.” Also, you might want to enroll your dog in an obedience training class. (Ask your veterinarian for recommendations.)

  • Establish boundaries.
    It’s a good idea to make your nursery a pet-free zone, even before your baby arrives. Work on conditioning your pet to stay away from this specific area. “Parents-to-be should purchase and install necessary gates for the areas in the house you would like to keep private a month or two in advance of the baby’s arrival,” adds Werber.

  • Prepare for the transition.
    “Since your pet is used to getting all the attention, it is a good idea to slowly spend a little less time with your pet right before the baby comes home from the hospital,” suggests Werber. That way, your pet will get used to sharing your attention.

  • Give treats and praise.
    Does your pet have a favorite treat? Before your baby arrives, reserve this extra-special treat and instead use a replacement. “Take those reserved treats and use them only for rewarding behavior that is related to the new baby,” Werber advises.

  • Include your pet.
    A big mistake pet parents make is that when their baby is asleep, many shower their pet with extra attention because they feel guilty. “This builds up more and more resentment toward the newborn because a dog will feel that life without the baby is better for the dog,” says Werber. Instead, it is important to ignore your pet for a bit when the baby is asleep and include your pet in fun activities with you and your newborn.

  • Be patient.
    Finally, the most important thing is to have patience with your pet and offer lots of love during this very special time. “If you are relaxed and loving during this transitional time, your pet will pick up on this and will certainly follow your lead,” says Werber.



5 Parenting Hacks for Introducing A New Sibling

Introducing a new child into a family can be such an exciting experience! Whether that new child is coming to your family biologically or through adoption, it is a momentous occasion that will be remembered with fondness for years to come.

However, there can sometimes be some trepidation when it comes to planning for new sibling introductions. Change can be difficult for little ones; it can be easy for them to feel overwhelmed and like their place in the family has been upturned by this new little being.

Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do to prepare your little one (and yourself!) for the sibling introductions that are around the corner.

Here are a few simple ways to ease the transition when a new baby comes along.

1. Give older siblings ownership.

From the time the new baby is still in utero (or waiting to be adopted), begin encouraging your child to take ownership of their important role as an older sibling. Refer to the baby as “their baby” and talk about how much you’ll need their help and how important their job will be as the big brother or sister. If you can help instill in them the value that they have as an older sibling, they will hopefully be more excited about taking on this new role.

2. Read all the big sibling books.

There are so many wonderful books available about new babies and siblings. A quick online search or a trip to your local library will provide you with plenty of great options for presenting the idea of a brother or sister to your child. Books are a great way to prepare and transition children in various circumstances, especially when it comes to adding a new person to the family.

3. Tell “big & little sibling” stories.

This was a favorite for my own daughter. In the last months leading up to the birth of her little brother, I started a bedtime ritual where I would tell her “Fernie and Clive stories” (those are their names). She would choose the adventure for each story — sometimes a trip to the zoo, the beach, or even the moon — and I would weave a tale for her about the adventures she was going to have with her little brother. She adored the stories and it got her very excited about her little brother. Of course it is also important to remind older siblings that babies won’t be all that lively for the first little while, but after a bit they will be able to have so much fun together!

4. Woo them with gifts.

This technique is a classic when it comes to introducing children to a new baby. Choose a gift ahead of time that you know your child will love and when they meet the new baby, present them with said gift. My own daughter received an Elsa dress from her new brother and was beyond thrilled. The gift definitely helped him to get into her good graces early. Likewise, let your older child(ren) choose a special going home outfit or a gift for the new baby. They will feel so proud and excited of whatever they choose. Matching big sibling/little sibling t-shirts might be a fun gift option too!

5. Make a big deal about how important the older sibling is.

One of the biggest challenges about introducing a new baby into the family is that the older child(ren) can begin to feel like the baby is getting all the special attention. Be sure to make a big deal about all the special privileges that your little one does have as a result of being the older sibling. Things like, “Isn’t it so fun that you get to stay up later, because you’re a big sister?” o​r “​I bet your little brother wishes he could enjoy popsicles too, but babies only get milk when they’re small!”​ This can help remind your older child that it’s not all bad being the big sibling. In turn, be sure to go out of your way (to the best of your ability) to be intentional in creating quality time for your older child(ren). It can be something fun like a parent/child date to go get frozen yogurt, or it can be something much simpler like 15 minutes of undivided time building with blocks or playing with dolls. Find little ways to speak to your child’s heart and let them know just how special they are!

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