7 Things to Do When You Bring Baby #2 Home

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

(This post is a piece HeHe wrote for JDEducational.  This article can be read in it's entirety by clicking HERE.)

Bringing home a baby can be an exciting time for the whole family. However, it can also be challenging to navigate. Introducing Child #1 to Child #2 can cause new emotions to arise for your older child and disrupt any sense of normalcy you may have. Keeping these helpful hints in mind when preparing this transition can help for a smoother change in family dynamics.

Tip #1: Prepare in Advance with Language, Books, Songs, Pretend Play
Tip #2: Help your child settle into their new role.
Tip #3: Involve your older child(ren)
Tip #4: Routines (vs schedules)
Tip #5: Carve out alone time for each child.
Tip #6: Capture casual snapshots
Tip #7: Ask for help

(Read more about these tips by clicking HERE to read the full article!)

The relationship between siblings is an unbreakable bond. However, your interaction and support as a parent is irreplaceable and absolutely necessary. Helping your child settle into their new role can be crucial to the way they view their role as an older sibling. Involving your older child(ren) and carving out special time for each child can help the transition and enhance sibling relationships. The chaos will be over before you know it and you’ll one day reminisce on the beautiful times. Don’t forget to take casual snapshots of your children so you can remember all of the laughs, snuggles, and special times.

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