We're thrilled to be having a new baby soon. But I'm concerned about mytoddler. How can I help her bond with her sibling?
Chances are, your toddler has already picked up on your excitement of having a new baby. While your toddler may even feel excited herself, she might not understand what the fuss is all about. And when the baby finally arrives, she may not enjoy sharing your attention.
No doubt your toddler is in for an adjustment —just like everyone else in the family. Here’s how to help your toddler bond with your newborn baby:
- Look at books together about siblings. Reading these books will help your toddler become familiar with words like “brother” and “sister,” and better understand who this new baby will be.
- Encourage her to play a new role. Toddlers this age enjoy helping out and imitating. Enlist her help with small tasks. Praise her for being Mommy’s little helper when she hands you a diaper, picks out a baby outfit, or helps pack a diaper bag. Let your toddler know that what she’s doing is important in the care of the new baby.
- Give her some special time. If possible, set aside some time to be alone with your toddler. You can also enlist Dad, Grandma, or another adult to take your toddler on a special outing to a favorite place.