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Our oldest was two when we had our second child. Anecdotal I know, but the way it played out for us, I think that was a perfect timing to get a sibling. Before too long, they won't remember the time before they had a sibling, which is something you can't say for older children: they'll long recall that there used to be a time when they had 100% parental ...


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We got some advice that worked very well for us. Little Sister was born when Big Brother was 22 months old. We didn't try much to prepare Big Brother, because it's all too strange for a two(ish)-year-old. We told him that Mummy was going to have another baby, and a few other things, but we made no big effort to go into details. Instead, we tried to make the ...


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Our first child was three years old when my wife got pregnant of the second child (both boys). Like with every other aspect of life, the child is very sensitive to enthusiasm. If we show enough enthusiasm for something that is going to happen, he will accept it much better. It worked very well with every stage of school experiences (starting kindergarten, ...


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A method that worked very well for us (older brother was 27 months when younger sister was born) is to encourage the older brother to teach his sister how to do things. And then whenever the little sister did something new, we expressed our happiness for this and gave him some of the credit for teaching her. We did this for simple actions such as smiling, ...


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The trick in my experience is carefully monitoring and assisting in the interaction to keep everyone safe and calm. I've done this with my niece and currently with my little one. I will sit with the child and hold their hands and help them pet the cat. I make sure the baby isn't getting grabby and keep hands away from certain parts of the cat (tail, face, ...


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At some point our son was not happy anymore, if he could not "take part" himself in the feeding process. He wanted to do something at his own. Because you wrote, that the behavior is not a problem, when the child is feeding itself, this sounded familiar to me. We gave him his own spoon. Even if we fed him. He was happy with it, even he was not able ...


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