Welcoming a new baby to your family is an exciting time, and one of great change! This is especially true when there is an older sibling in the home. Having a new baby in the family will be a significant adjustment for your older child. However, it may eventually be one of the greatest gifts you can give them.
There are many things that can contribute to a difficult adjustment:
- Research indicates that a child’s personality has the most effect on how they react to a new baby.
- Your child’s developmental stage may affect how well they can share your attention. Often two-year-olds have lots of trouble getting used to a new baby, because their needs for time and closeness from their parents are still significant.
- Stress on the family can make your older child’s adjustment harder.