Sec­ond baby? Help your tod­dler cope

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Many par­ents feel guilty about “dis­plac­ing” their first child with another baby, says coun­selling psy­chol­o­gist Julie Kour­saris. “While a new sib­ling may be up­set­ting for your older child, it is also an ex­tremely com­mon ex­pe­ri­ence, which most chil­dren ne­go­ti­ate suc­cess­fully.” You may think your tod­dler is too young to share the news with, but Julie says that as your preg­nancy pro­gresses you will be­come in­creas­ingly pre­oc­cu­pied with the ar­rival of the new baby. “Your child of any age is likely to pick up on this. They may sense that Mommy is less avail­able to them and could re­spond with sad­ness and jeal­ousy,” says Julie. “Let your child know about the new baby at the same time as you tell other peo­ple; you don’t want him hear­ing the news from some­one else.”

When break­ing the news to your young child, keep it sim­ple. Too much in­for­ma­tion is over­whelm­ing and

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