24 May 2022

Jealousy in older siblings

The arrival of a second child can sometimes cause jealousy in the older child. How can you defuse the situation?

  • Your older child may feel anxious about a new birth because they are afraid of losing the exclusive love of their parents. There are some things you can do before and after the birth that can help reassure them.
  • During pregnancy, show your newborn to the child when you go out. If you have friends who have babies, arrange to meet them so your child can spend time with them.
  • Once the baby arrives, get your older child involved in caring for and playing with the baby.