When Your Toddler Becomes a Big Sister

From what I understand, it’s fairly common for parents expecting their second child to have some worries about how their oldest child will react to a new sibling. My husband and I have had the same concerns about Babykins. After all, she will be just over 2 years old when Sweet Pea arrives–there really isn’t a way to talk to her about her new little brother or sister. I realize that we aren’t the first family to have kids close in age and we’ll find a way to make it work, but doubt still lingers.

However, I have moments of hope that Babykins will easily slip into her role of big sister. Recently she has started to play with her baby doll more. She can be very sweet with Dolly–she rocks Dolly, pats Dolly, pushes Dolly in a stroller, and (attempts to) swaddle Dolly.

baby love

“Ah,” I think to myself during these moments, “Babykins is naturally so caring. She’s so sweet! Maybe we won’t have many issues with her adjusting to the new baby.”

Of course, these moments are usually followed with scenarios like this:

graham cracker



And, with the promise of food, Babykins’s “natural” care promptly disappears and Dolly is left abandoned on the floor.

Conclusion: There’s a reason why toddlers aren’t in charge of another human life.


2 Comments on “When Your Toddler Becomes a Big Sister”

  1. Anna M says:

    Great post.

    We love Joanna Cole’s picture book I’m a Big Brother (haven’t seen the big sister version, but assume it’s equivalent). The story does a great job of addressing what it’s like to have a new baby in a positive way. My Kiddo enjoyed the pictures in the lead-up to his sister’s birth and seemed to find it reassuring to know something about babies before “his baby” arrived.

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