Sometimes with a new baby and the constant rush of the holiday season, the new sibling or siblings may start to feel a little left out. Lately, I’ve noticed a little jealousy as soon as I pick up the baby in the house to feed him or even change his diaper. Today for example, my 18-month-old decided she was going to sit on my lap while I changed him. She is all about being mommy’s little helper along with my almost 3-year-old. Which is why for Christmas I will be stocking up on lots of “like mommy” items under the tree.
When you bring home a new baby it’s like your other littles go into full mommy mode, too. At least that is how it has been around my house. Let your child think they are just like you. Let them change their babies’ diapers when you are changing the newbie’s. I even let them use the real diapers sometimes. And that is so exciting to them. When they start to get jealous the moment you pick up the baby to feed him, remind them to grab their baby doll and have them sit with you. I found that if you focus their attention on something else, similar to what you are doing, it really helps the whole new baby jealously situation. It’s like you’re playing house too! Playing with baby dolls teachers your older child how to really love and nuture. With Christmas just a few weeks away, this is a great time to grab a few pretend play items that will help occupy your little Mommy or practicing little Dad.
Take a look at some super-cute and fun items you should add to your little helper’s wish list to help them adjust to life with a new baby.
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