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Is Your First Born Jealous?

Is Your First Born Jealous?

Be supportive and give extra love

Acknowledge your toddler's unspoken feelings, by saying things like, "Things sure have changed with the new baby here. It's going to take us all some time to get used to this." Keep your comments mild and general. Don't say, "I bet you hate the new baby." Instead, say, "It must be hard to have Mommy spending so much time with the baby." When your child knows that you understand his feelings, he'll have less need to act up to get your attention.

Increase your little demonstrations of love for your child. Say extra I love yous, increase your daily dose of hugs and find time to read a book or play a game. Temporary regressions or behavior problems are normal, and can be eased with an extra dose of time and attention.