The Most Important Phrase to Help with the Adjustment to a New Sibling
He came downstairs from his quiet time and wanted the cookie I had promised him. The only problem was that I was trapped.
Trapped under a peacefully sleeping baby.
I told him that I couldn’t get up and get his cookie right then. He would have to be patient and wait.
I could see the frustration building on his face and I felt for him. He was transitioning well into the role of big brother, but that didn’t mean it was always easy. Newborns are pretty demanding, so big brother was getting a lot of practice with coming second.
Anyways.. back to the cookie situation. I really didn’t want to disturb said sleeping baby – either by getting up to get the cookie or from the screams of a three year old’s meltdown. So, I broke out the miracle phrase.
“You used to do that when you were a baby too.”
“When you were a baby you liked mommy to hold you when you were sleeping too. You always wanted to be held!”
His scowl immediately melted into a smile. He loves hearing about when he was a baby.
Before Baby J was born we spent a lot of time looking through old pictures and talking about what K was like when he was a baby. He ate up every minute of it.
Not only does he like hearing about himself as a baby, the phrase helps him remember that he is the big kid. Baby J can’t wait patiently, but a big boy can. Baby J doesn’t help clean up, but a big kid can. Baby J needs mommy to help him with everything, but a big boy can do it himself.
K had his time to be a baby, but now he is a big boy and before long baby J will be a big boy just like him!
But for now, when that frustration starts to well up, it helps to remember – “You used to do that when you were a baby too.”
What tips do you have for easing that transition when a newborn comes along?