How to Help Your Firstborn Adapt to Baby

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.

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