🏻Bringing in another baby into the family dynamics can be tricky for your first child. Sometimes it can be an amazing transition, a much anticipated and fun time. Other times, it will seem your angelic child has left the building, demanding everything to be all about them, increasing tantrums, regression in behaviours or development.
This is very normal.
Giving positive reinforcements rather than chastising them at this point can help immensely.
Understanding where they are coming from can help you too.
The best way I put it, is that it is the same experience for your toddler having a new brother or sister come into the family, as it would be if your partner brought home another partner and you just had to get used to it.
Your older child may feel as though they were not good enough, you had to go and get another baby. Their concept of what is happening can seem very different to how we perceive it. Their logical brain is far from developed, so therefore unable to always comprehend the truth or logical thought of what is going on, which is, you have added to your family out of love🥰, rather than because you thought your first child wasn’t good enough. Some great strategies are to include your older child as much as possible in everyday activities, where safe to do so. Such as, gets a nappy for the baby, helping to do massage, picking out the clothes for baby for the day. Whatever suits your child…
Giving your older child extra hugs, attention and love as much as is possible also is great. Reassuring them that they are loved just as much as before, with an extra dose for good measure!🥰🥰🥰 - 8 hours ago