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  1. I tried doing that actually. But at the time we brought our son home, my daughter was only 18 months old. She definitely showed me she wasn’t thrilled with me that this screaming thing was sticking around. I think she was too young to understand. I still do it now, 2 months later and she’s starting to get it I think.
    It encourages her to try to interact with him and when she helps with him you can see she’s excited.

    Great post. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Hi!!

    That’s a fantastic idea!! I am expecting baby girl #3 on Halloween 🙂 My younger two are 4 and 3, and I’ve been telling them all about the new baby and how they’re going to be such good big sisters. When baby comes, I will definitely be telling the baby how lucky she is to have them 🙂 Thanks for the tips!!!!

    1. theanalyticalmommy says:

      Congratulations Sarah! I’m so glad you like the tip!

  3. We will surely remember this. Great tips! We are expecting baby #2 and our baby #1 is quite demanding with our attention. This strategy should work later. 🙂 thanks.

  4. My daughter will be turning 10 at almost the exact time her new sibling will be arriving, and we have already been talking about what a big help she will be. She gets excited when we talk about the new baby coming home, which is a relief, because she has been an only child for so long and I have been a little worried. I think this advice will be really helpful! Thank you so much for sharing this!

    1. theanalyticalmommy says:

      Congratulations! And I’m so glad you liked this tip. I hope it works well for you! My youngest is now two and a half and they are SO close. I really think this tip worked wonders for us and hope it does for you too!

  5. I wish I had thought about this 40 years ago. Love this idea!!

    1. theanalyticalmommy says:

      Hi K! It’s never too late to start ! I still do this and my youngest is approaching three! Good luck and thanks for reading my blog !

  6. Great tips! I think we tend tell the older kid about the new baby coming and how they would become a good older sibling to the new one… but often overlook the part about praising the older one in front of the baby. Thanks for these reminders.

  7. Rachel (a.k.a The Analytical Mommy) says:


  8. Fantastic idea I really think this advice worked and I hope it will work

  9. dearhappymom says:

    What great tips! I have a toddler but would like to someday have another. I am also very close with my toddler and worry about how she would feel as a older sibling. Think it so important to keep talking to them and to repeat it !

  10. Takes so much for sharing these tips, I am dealing with this so much lately and its making me feel absolutely overwhelmed.