From Firstborn to Sibling
How your first may fare during those first months with a new baby are uncharted territory, says T. Berry Brazelton, MD, author of Understanding Sibling Rivalry: The Brazelton Way (Perseus Books). Here are a few things to expect from your firstborn child:
- Tantrums may become more common, especially when the baby is getting attention.
- During the baby's fussy period at night, a toddler may also have a meltdown.
- To pull you away from your new addition, your older child may seek out a forbidden activity that he knows you'll react to.
- He or she may slide backward in any new developmental area such as talking, sleeping through the night, or potty training.
- Some children get through the first months easily without acting up and may even be helpful and compliant. But this probably won't last, so expect some of the above at a later date.