Support Your First Child While Transitioning to Having a Sibling
No matter how much you prepare your first born, there will be an adjustment period when your second baby arrives. The same thing happens when the third and fourth babies arrive, too! Older siblings may need a little bit of extra love and attention before and after a new baby arrives. "You can take that baby back to the hospital now." "Put that baby down and play with me!" "Bababababa," toddler pushes baby. This is all common. Somehow though, you think that your first born will accept and love this new baby with ease and zero effort on your part. Who knows! Maybe you are right. Maybe you will be the first parent in the history of it all to have nothing but smooth sailings when baby #2 arrives! I wish nothing more for you. As I have just given birth to baby #5 (yes, FIVE), I'm here to tell you that going from baby #1 to #2 was the most challenging for us. The reason being that our first born was the earth, moon, stars, sky and air to us. She consumed us. I'm not saying that the other four are not this amazing, as the heart grows and loves each child in the same -- yet different way. But that first baby is so new. If you are going to be a helicopter parent, it's with the first child! So, when a new baby is due to arrive, there may be a pedestal being knocked over. Some young kids can't wait for a sibling. They love their own baby dolls, friends' babies, and anything to do with babies, but even these children will have a transition period of adjustment to go through. Others will know from the start that they don't want a baby to 'move in!' No matter which scenario you are dealing with, know that you can help!