HOW TO INTRODUCE NEW BABY TO 2 YEAR OLD BROTHER

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when my son was 3 my daughter was born. we talked with him a lot about a new baby in the months leading up to the birth. we talked him up being a big brother and how his little sister was gonna need him so much. then when the day finally came and i had her, we bought him some presents and wrapped them up before he came to the hospital (well, we did it before we went to the hospital actually and hid them in the overnight bag) they were just silly things like crayons and coloring books and such.. but when he came to visit us for the first time in the hospital we gave him the presents and told him they were from his new sister, because she was so happy that he was going to be her big brother....
now, i dont know if it truely worked or not, but, that was almost 4 years ago, and he has loved his sister from the day he met her, and protected her - and i feel so blessed that there was never any jealousy issues or anything when we brought her home from the hospital.

Lacey - posted on 01/05/2010

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My daughter was 16 months old when her brother came. She was walking and talking. We talked about why mommy's belly was getting so fat as she called it. When my son was born she was happy. She never really got jealous but every time I needed to feed him or change him or do anything with the new baby, I included her. Asked her to help like a big girl and she loved it. She always wanted to help wrap him up and since she was so little I had to pay attention since some of the help was a little to helpful. Like she would try to cover him up with her blankie and she would end up putting the blankie over her face. Just include your child in as much as possible and everything should be ok. It might take your child a little while but they will get used to it. I was shocked with my daughter how much she wanted to help. Don't forget whenever possible do things just the 2 of you even if it just reading a book without the interuptions of the new baby.

Kayliecia - posted on 01/05/2010

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My son was 2 and a half when i had our second child, what i did was just talk about the baby coming constantly and telling him that hes going to need to share his parents, and he seemed okay with that, when the baby came he was okay seemed excited and now he wants to hold him and everything, i think if you give equal attention you will be fine, and even when im giving alot of attention to one i try to make it so my now 3 year old doesn't get jealous. hope this helps!

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