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How can we keep an 18-month-old from hurting a 2 1/2-month-old?

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How can we keep an 18-month-old from hurting a 2 1/2-month-old?


First of all, Kyrah's behavior and attitude are perfectly normal. She simply doesn't want to share you with anyone else—even her little sister. She's expressing herself in a way that's typical for a toddler.

There are two things you can do to help (although she'll still be angry at her baby sister for taking some of your attention no matter what you do). First, try to spend extra time with Kyrah. Tell her that she was your first child, and that she'll always be the oldest child no matter what. The extra attention will help her feel more secure; the comments will let her know that you're not trying to replace her with anyone else.

Second, until she gets older and can control her impulsiveness better, always have an adult in the room when your two children are up and about. That will help prevent any accidents that could hurt either of your children.  

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