When a new sibling is introduced into the family, that is a big adjustment for your older kid(s). The family dynamic is about to change, which can cause your child to feel out of control. Anything we can do to help them have an understanding of what that change will look like will help them feel more in control and prepared for their new sibling.
So how can you support your big kid(s), especially those in the toddler and pre-school years to become an older sibling? We’re going to share tips for preparing prenatally, how to handle your older kid preferring one parent, and strategies for handling transitions throughout the day.
The information in this post came from the conversation I had with Caron Irwin on my podcast Bringing Up Baby. Caron and her team provide parents with comprehensive support to navigate the adventures and challenges of parenting and family life. You can find Caron at roofamily.ca and @roo.family on Instagram.
When it comes to helping a little one develop healthy sleep habits, sometimes that means there can be some crying or intermittent involvement with a parent. This can be challenging in its own right, but can be compounded for parents if they also have other children in the house to consider.
Ashley Cooley is a birth, baby and sleep specialist living in Dartmouth, NS with her husband and their three girls.