Helping your first get used to your second
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That anticipation and excitement lasted until about the second day we were home, then the adjustment period set in. It was hard on all of us. I was used to giving her all of my attention, she was used to getting it. It was a juggling act, making sure both of my daughters got the love and attention they deserved, and that no one felt left out. My memories of that time are a blur -- breastfeeding, diaper changes, no sleep, tantrums. But then one day, I was lying in bed with the two of them when my younger was about 4-months-old. My older daughter turned to her and started making faces and the baby just could not stop giggling. It was the first time I'd seen them interact on their own level, as sisters. I realized then we were going to be OK.
Are you expecting a baby and aren't sure how to prepare your older child? Canadian Living has some tips for parents of toddlers to teens to help your family adjust to its newest member. How did you get your kids ready for a new sibling?