Babies and Siblings

If you have other young children at home, they may love the new baby … or be ready to send him back! Some resentment is normal.

Help your older children adjust by telling and showing them that they are just as important to you now as they were before the baby arrived.

Find little jobs that they can do to help with the baby, and be sure to let them know how well they’ve done. Read aloud or play a game with your older child while you nurse the baby.

And even if your child seems to be adjusting well to the new baby, remember that it’s never wise to leave a small child alone with a new baby.

This message is not intended to provide individual medical advice. Always seek the advice of a physician or qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have about your health or medical condition, your breastfeeding issues and your infant's health. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you have read in our emails, webpages or other electronic communications.

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