jelouse 2 year old

Kayla - posted on 01/19/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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i jsut had a new baby girl 4 weeks ago and i have a 2 year old she is having a hard time dealing with her new sister. everytime i give them a bath my 2 year old gets in her bath, same with the swing, she trys to wear her clothes, and drink her bottels. how can i help her feel like a big girl again and not a baby???

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My oldest two were older when we brought our youngest home, they were 3 1/2 and 4 1/2 but I found taking advantage of nap time ('cause newborns sleep a lot) to spend time with them helped them adjust to their baby brother. I ignored the ever growing mound of dishes and the disgusting floor and would play with them instead.
And I agree with the other moms here too. Get your daughter a baby doll, and/or get your daughter to help you around the house. My daughter was aaaall about folding laundry when she was 2 or 2 1/2 and she would literally fold a whole basket of clothes of me! It pretty much all had to re-folded but I told her she did a good job anyway and re-folded it where she couldn't see me, lol!

Dominique - posted on 01/25/2010

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U should see if a babydoll would work, ask her if she want to be like mommy. let her give her babydoll a bath while u give the baby a bath. or try letting her help with feeding her lil sis, even by having her help throwing away the diaper will help. just little things will help her want to be a big girl again.

Sarah - posted on 01/20/2010

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I bet a baby doll would help a lot then. That way she can be rough with it while she is learning how to treat the baby. One that comes with a bottle or a diaper would be ideal since it's close to a real baby.

Again... Good luck!

Kayla - posted on 01/20/2010

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thank you so much i kinda already do that. but my big thing is that she likes to watch dora so she has watched her alot since we brought the new baby home. and she will just sit in the corner and look at her books or her flashcards.. and i mean when she helps with here lil sister she can be mean. she has already bit her hand she trys to kick her in the head. i just hope she grows out of this. but no this helps thank you so much.

Sarah - posted on 01/19/2010

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I know what you're going through. I have a 2 year old, a 1 year old, and a 2 month old. During my pregnancy I'd tell my daughter (the 2 year old) that there was a baby in my belly, and I'd always rub it and say, "Aw, there's a baby in there." She got to where she hug my belly and say, "Baby!" We also got her little baby dolls, and we showed her how to take care of a baby and how to be nice. So now she tries to help me with the baby (i.e. changing diapers, feeding, soothing). My 1 year old son is having a little bit of a hard time since he isn't the baby anymore, but he is getting the hang of it too. We make it a point to give all the children the same amount of attention so they don't feel left out. That helps a lot since I noticed my older two watch me when I take care of the baby. I can tell they are a little jealous, but they get their turn so they are generally good.



I think the easiest thing to do is to let your 2 year old help you out around the house with cleaning or laundry or something. That way she feels like she is helping. You can praise her and tell her she isn't a baby anymore, but a big girl! Then she'll start to see the difference between her and the little one.



I hope this helps! Good luck!

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