The Effect of a Baby's Birth on Siblings
The arrival of a new baby is something that is eagerly anticipated by the parents, but at times it may also be anticipated by any siblings that are in the household. If you are concerned about the effect of a baby's birth on siblings, there are a number of things for you to watch out for and several things that can be done in order to soften the situation.
Many siblings that are still very young whenever the child is born experience difficulties, such as acting out or perhaps even regressing. This type of behavior can include anything from a childish type of behavior to more severe cases of wetting their pants or perhaps wanting a bottle again. This is something that can also be experienced before the child is born whenever the parents are in anticipation of the child and any siblings may be feeling left out in some way or another. That is why it is important for you to prepare any siblings that are in the household well in advance for the impending arrival of the baby.
If your children are very young that are in the household, here are some ways that they can be alerted to the new sibling that is on the way. First of all, you should make sure that you are letting the child know about your pregnancy and the fact that a new baby will be on the way. This is not something that they should learn by secondhand knowledge, they need to hear it from you. You should also start right away at preparing the child for any adjustments that may occur whenever the baby comes. A good example of this is if you're going to have to move your child into a new room in order to make his existing room a nursery. Don't wait until the child is born to do this, do it well in advance so that he does not associate the arrival of the new child with a change that may be somewhat disturbing.
Your child should also be made well aware of what he should expect whenever the new baby arrives. They might be anticipating the arrival happily but whenever the child comes, it is really not going to be able to do much more than eat and sleep. And, of course, it is going to need more of your attention so make sure that any siblings are aware of that ahead of time.
It's interesting to note that it is not only young children who are affected by the arrival of a new baby. Even children who are older will no doubt be affected by the new baby as well. They may even resent it, although they will display this resentment in different ways. It is important for you to make sure that any older children are still allowed to be children and are not given the responsibility of parenthood which should rest on your shoulders. This will help to reduce many of the problems that might occur.
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