How will my two year old handle a new baby in the house?

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My son was 2 when we had our second baby. The first 2 weeks were rough. He kicked, and had tamtrumstowards us and not the baby (thankfully). After that he was fine. They both just love each other.

I made sure that when the baby took her naps I had one-on-one time with my son each time (playdough, paint, playing with toys...) We also made sure that if someone was holding the baby, my husband or I would play and talk to our son so he wouldn't feel left out. I stressed that he needed to help the baby because she wasn't big like him. Good luck!

Karen - posted on 02/23/2010

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I think your baby will do fine. My son was two turning 3 when his sister was born and he did really good. Just start explaining now that once the baby comes he or she will need to help with the baby getting pampers and explain that they will be a big sister or brother and willl have to look out for the baby. Believe it or not it really works because they feel like the have to protect the baby. To this day no one can come close to my daughter without him staying this is my baby. Just include them to help so they are not feeling lefted out. Good Luck and Congrat let me know how things work out. Start now let them talk to the baby and rub the belly.

User - posted on 02/21/2010

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My daughter just turned 2 and I had a baby 7 weeks ago. At first, she didn't want anything to do with him. But now, she wants to hold his hand all the time. She loves him...but it did take a good two weeks for her interest to be sparked. Many of my friends told me that she would digress with certain things (potty training, bed time, etc.). Fortunately, I haven't noticed anything major. In fact, I've weaned her from her pacifier a few weeks ago (crazy, I know!). The thing that has helped me the most is I've kept her on her schedule to the best I can. She knows what to expect every day and this has helped her adjust to her new brother. Good luck!!

Jenny - posted on 02/21/2010

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Hi, I have a 14 month old and a 6 week old. The 14 month (Alex) has been really good with the arrival of Maisy. If I feed Maisy I have been giving Alex a drink and letting him sit next to me and give him hugs/cuddles so he knows he is not being left out, He did go backwards a bit with wanting a bottle with milk, but I have it sorted now so he is fed before Maisy needs her feed. This way I can just let him have water so he has something as well. This seems to be working really well !!! We just ensure Alex has as much attention as Maisy. lol

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