Safe Siblings: Introducing Baby To Older Children
Situate your child on a big pillow or cushion on the floor. Hand over the baby, hand over the bottle, then watch a budding relationship. Robyn Robertson of Manlius, New York, breastfeeds her daughter, Kayleigh, now eight months, but has always regularly expressed milk so three-year-old Bryce can get involved. At first, Robyn or her husband held Kayleigh while Bryce held the bottle. Soon, he was a pro and held both baby and bottle while his pleased parents looked on. “You can see him really concentrating on taking care of her,” she says. “He talks to her throughout the feeding and is so proud of himself, and of Kayleigh, when she finishes a bottle.”
At family mealtime, if your child tries to give the baby food, don’t scold. “You don’t want to make a child feel bad when he’s trying to be nice,” says Dr. Winston. Explain that babies don’t have teeth to chew solid food. Remind her the baby has milk from a bottle or mommy’s breast.
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