terrible two's and a newborn. HELP!!

Jessica - posted on 07/11/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I have a 2 year old girl who is in her terrible two stage and a 3 weeks old baby girl who i am breastfeeding. my 2 year old gets very frustrated when she is bored and there is nothing to do. i try to get her settled with a movie or coloring books etc while i am breastfeeding but she always acts up. i know its hard for her because we have a new addition to the family but i am at my wits end. how can i make her not feel left out? any other advice is welcome too!

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Katie - posted on 07/16/2010

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I am going through the exact same thing! My little boy is 2 weeks old and my daughter is 21 months old... when you find the answer please let me know! :) x

Tiffany - posted on 07/16/2010

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My kids are 2 years apart too..My little boy was born January 15 2008, and my little girl was born January 29 2010. They are pretty good together. I dont know if it makes a difference that my oldest is a boy or not, but he loves her. I just make sure that he is included in everything that i do. I let him help me wash her bottles and even with the breast feeding. I think that he is just curious. i tell him that this is the way mama feed his sister and i used to do the same thing with him when he was a baby. After i explained it to him he went on with his business. Maybe you should just try to included her a little bit and then she will understand. I hope that i helped you out a little bit..

Erin - posted on 07/16/2010

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I only have one so I may be out of line giving advise but I What I would do is try to set a little time everyday that's devoted to just you and your 2 yr old. Maybe during the newborns nap or maybe your husband could look after the newborn for a little while between feedings. I know sometimes all my 2 yr old wants is my undivided attention. Good luck.

Candace - posted on 07/13/2010

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Definantly keep her involved!!! I found with my daughter who was 2 when our second daughter was born, was having books handy to read them to her, have a coloring book and crayons, she loves watching backyardigans so i would buy a movie of it, and if it got really bad i would put that in the dvd player while i nursed and that seemed to help (that was the last straw). Ultimately you only have a 3 week old baby and everyone needs time to adjust to the new baby. Good luck and I promise it wont be so bad in a couple of months! Keep Strong! I felt the same way in the beginning as well! :)

Nicole - posted on 07/12/2010

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It just takes time to get into the new rountine. Make sure she is involved with the baby. And make sure she knows that you have to feed the baby. I had a very onery 2 yr old when her little sister was born and it took a few months but she got the hang of it. Good luck!

Rebecca - posted on 07/11/2010

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Maybe get her involed, you could sit her next to you and give her own baby doll to feed at the same time. Talk to her lots about what a good girl she is at looking after her baby and how when she was a baby she used to feed too and how proud you are of her being such a clever big girl. Have a fun game that only comes out when you are b/feeding at your feet too that she can play when she gets bored. Hope you find something that works for you

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