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When baby’s born, the older sibling deserves a gift, too!
Q: I don’t have a question but rather a reply to Dr. Condrell’s article "My mummy is Having a Baby.” One idea that helps older siblings adjust to a new baby is to have a gift for the older child wrapped and ready to take to the hospital. That way, when the older sibling comes to visit, it can be the baby’s gift to him. The older child is thrilled; it helps him feel less jealous about all the attention given to the new arrival. My mother did this with me when my brother was born and has passed the idea around to many of her friends, who have had very positive results.
April Missoula
A: Thanks, April. I think that’s wonderful advice that will help many parents.
Kenneth N. Condrell Ph.D Child Psychologist