My toddler throws a fit when I nurse the newborn...

Nicole - posted on 07/20/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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When it comes time for me to nurse my newborn, my 17 month old throws fits and throws stuff at me and the baby. Unless....I put cartoons on. I feel that since her brother was born all she wants to do is watch TV, and I'm so tired (I have been taking care of both kids all day long since I came from the hospital from my c-section) and still in a lot of pain so I end of giving in and giving her cartoons. Any ideas on how to keep her content so I can nurse? (It isn't an issue of her wanting to nurse because she was only nursed for 2 months and doesn't remember that).

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Marisa - posted on 08/30/2010

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I have 3 littles ones that I had all with in 3 years so I am fimilar with this! I always set up a special basket of toys and books by the couch, it was olny allowed to come out when it was time for the baby to nurse. I also brought out the step stool and put it next to the couch so that my older one could climb up without me having to lift her while I nursed. All of mine always looked forward to playing with something special out of the basket so it made that time special for all of them! They loved snuggling up next to us and reading a story to the baby during the baby's feeding time!
Good luck!

Crystal - posted on 08/19/2010

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Ok, so I didnt have these problem but I did have a cousin who had went through these as well. She got a breast pump and would let the tot help feed the baby. These help so much. She would also read to the tot while breast feeding. She would let her bring diapers to her for the baby and let her help bath the baby and even though it was kinda aggravating at times after a couple of weeks she lost interest in the baby and did her own thing while Momma fed the baby. good Luck!

Kaleena - posted on 08/02/2010

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i had a similar problem with my step son when my boy was born he threw shoes at me, slapped his father in the face and tried to choke his brother. it was hard obviously we had to reprimand him for the wrong doings but afterwards we always explained to him why he cant do it, but my suggestion is involve her as much as possible. my step son liked to get a chair while i was bathing his brother and he'd help or just plain keep his brother laughing while i did this. once i was bottle feeding id let him bottle feed his brother while he was sitting in his bouncer. its great bonding time for them both. they are now 4 and 3 and the best of mates. no fighting or sibling rivalry its great

Julie - posted on 07/22/2010

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Sounds like she is just jealous of the attention the new baby is getting. Maybe she would be better with some more one on one time with you, like when baby is napping, give her your full attention. Then when baby is up and needs attention, really get excited about your daughter's "job" as a big sister and let her help as much as possible like getting diapers and burp clothes.

Nicole - posted on 07/22/2010

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She loves to read, and we used to do it for like an hour everyday when I was pregnant. Now she just throws books at me when the baby is with us. I've contemplated unplugging the TV and hiding the remote and telling her it's broken to see if she will just turn to her toys instead.

Julie - posted on 07/21/2010

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I don't have the personal experience yet, my baby is due in September and my son is 22 months. But my mom told me that when whe was nursing me, my older brother (about a year and half older than me) would bring her a book, and sit and turn the pages while she read to him, so that was always their special time to read together. Maybe you could find something like that where you can interact with her a little while nursing. Does she like reading or maybe singing?

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