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How to Prepare your Toddler for a New Baby

How to Prepare your Toddler for a New Baby

There is something unique and special about having your first baby. The nerves and excitement and taking the time to prepare and set up the nursery just right. Then, baby number two rolls around and there is a whole new set of challenges and emotions. How will you manage an energetic toddler with the demands of a newborn? Are you emotionally ready to divide your love and attention between two little ones? And the biggest question: how will my first child react to the new baby?

One of my more common requests as a maternity consultant is to work with clients on preparing an older sibling for the arrival of a new little brother or sister. The toddler period is a difficult time for your child where they are fiercely independent but are still developing their physical, emotional and language skills to be able to achieve this independence. Introducing a new sibling into the mix is a huge change for them and brings big emotions that they often don’t have the ability to fully comprehend or express which leads to regressions and meltdowns. Combine that with the demands of a newborn and a sleep-deprived Mom and Dad and you have a pretty stressful new family dynamic!