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how to bring a new baby in the family?

I have a 18th month old lil girl. and she likes babys im just not sure how she is going to take in her new lil sister. I am 39 weeks and through this time i have been bring her around her new 3 week old cuz. she likes the baby but does not want mommy and daddy to hold him very long and if we do. she wants to sit next to us and try to pat the baby or kiss him or push him away. and im not sure how too handle the situation.

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Asked by gemini_girl at 2:38 PM on Nov. 28, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Just be prepared for her to be jealous, because you will be showing her new sibling lots of attention and she will want it all for her, like it has been in the past. So, what you can do is, while the baby naps, make sure to give your big girl lots of hugs/kisses attention and play games with her, read with her and make it a point to tell her now that you/mommy has a new baby that you need her help. At 18 mos she can't do tons of stuff but she can help you by going to get a diaper or cloth or something else for the baby. And you can praise her lots and lots for her wonderful help. If you start out by letting her know how special she Still is and making sure to not let her feel left out, she will be fine. It's all a part of bringing a new baby home. And hey, you being so worried about it tells me that you will be okay and you will give her all the affection she needs too. ~congrats!

    Answer by mom2BOYZnDad at 2:46 PM on Nov. 28, 2009

  • I agree with mom2boyzndad - when the baby is napping, make sure she gets some undivided attention from Mommy. When baby is awake, give her special "big girl" jobs like bringing you diapers and wipes. Encourage her to take "care" of her baby doll while you are caring for her sister.

    Answer by TiffanyMarie80 at 4:07 PM on Nov. 28, 2009

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