How My Toddler Coped With A New Baby

Little has been a big sister for over a month so I thought now would be a good time to talk about how she coped with a new baby. I wrote a post about how we prepared her for a new baby but I don’t think you can fully prepare a toddler for something like this.


Little is very intelligent little thing and has always been very independent. We thought she might have struggled with the attention side of things but as a whole we have been very lucky.

Our main problem is Little getting too over excited and often becoming too rough. There have been a few incidents with wandering feet, heads, hands, you name it! We spend a good chunk of our time explaining that Baby is very delicate (or “delicup” as Little calls her!) so we need to be gentle. Occasionally this falls on deaf ears but I think this is her way of dealing with the change in attention!

We seem to have a problem with our listening at the moment but I’m not sure its directly linked to Baby but more so the change in routine. She is such a creature of habit that I think she’s just getting used to her new routine now that I’m not working. It’s still early days and once we get out and about to more playgroups I think things will get easier.

For every problem area there are a thousand positives. Little is a very caring little girl and has a heart of gold. She is constantly cuddling her baby sister and saying things like “I love you so very much”, “we are just best friends!”, “you are so coot baby”! You can see the love and pride in her eyes in every photo of the two of them!

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When Baby cries Little is the first one over to her telling her “it’s alright baby, big sister is here. I not go anywhere!” Unless it’s in the car of course where she’ll tell her “I’ve had enough of you now!!!”

We have tried to keep things as normal as possible for Little. We don’t ask her to be quiet when she’s playing in the living room because it’s her space too, we try to give her as much one-to-one time as possible and we keep her included in everything (even nappy changes!).

As a whole Little has coped very well considering she was the only baby in the family for over two years. As much as I don’t want to wish the time away, I cannot wait for the time where she can really play and interact with her baby sister.

How did your toddler cope with a new baby?! Any tips on keeping up this semi-positive behaviour?

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  • Elaine Livingstone

    November 2, 2016 at 11:51 am

    I think it is amazing how toddlers adjust to having a baby around. The twins are amazing with Spud, maybe because they have never been an only one with being two of them. They love to read to her and play with her and talk to her when she cries. Not sure how this is going to pan out now she is getting mobile but we will see, #sharewithme

  • Jackie

    November 2, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    This is good to hear. I’ve been wondering how my little one will cope when we decide to have another. She’s been good with my sister’s new born and loves to see and kiss the baby but she doesn’t like it when I hold the baby ;-( so we could have a big problem when the baby is actually mine. She’s only 18 months at the moment so maybe when we can explain things to her it will be easier but it is nice to hear that it’s possible for them to get along nicely 🙂 #bestandworst

  • Sarah Howe @runjumpscrap

    November 2, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Ah we have been chatting about this eh? I think she’s doing pretty well hun; at least she’s not being really aggressive and horrible. I think they over love to compensate with the feelings of jealousy. I’m sure it won’t last forever!! Thanks for linking with #bestandworst xx

  • Alana - Burnished Chaos

    November 3, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    Aw, what gorgeous photos. Sounds like she’s coping brilliantly. Our son adapted fantastically and even two years on he is wonderful with his little sister and always does something to make her laugh whenever she’s upset x

  • mummyfever

    November 8, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    How adorable! Mine all adjusted really well each time there was a new baby in the house. I was so worried each time but there was no need. Thanks for linking to #sharewithme


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