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Mia Funt
I was so nervous about my older daughter feeling jealous of her new little brother. I had heard horror stories. Then my pediatrician gave me the best advice. He said don't let the first introduction be her walking in on you hanging out with the baby because she'll feel replaced. He said whenever Neve visits the hospital or meets the baby for the first time, have her see her parents alone first and then go with one of her parents to pick up the baby from the hospital nursery or somewhere else. It made all the difference. Neve felt like our helper in introducing our new baby to the world. She felt like part of the team not an outsider who had been replaced. She even thanked the nurses in the hospital for her baby.
a year ago
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Heather Palmeri
love this - such great advice. We had a small gift from baby brother to big sister waiting at the hospital, which also helped ; ) My kids are older now, but definitely encouraging the role of "helper" really worked for us. He was always just as much her "baby" as ours!
a year ago
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ilina cha
Our peds gave us similar advice, which I think made a huge difference. We refrained from referring to 3 yo big brother as a "big" brother, because it's an age where sometimes they don't feel big at all. Also making a habit of regularly saying, "Baby, you have to wait. I'm taking care of [older sibling] now." Of course newborn baby has no idea and doesn't care, but it seemed to go a long way for our elder.
a year ago