Episode 79 of the Fourth Trimester Podcast is dedicated to helping parents think about the transition the entire family experiences with a second baby.
For starters, there is a change in the dynamic with the older child. Older children require assurance that they are loved, and will not be replaced. They need to anticipate practical changes to their routine. Starting early with adjusting to those changes - ideally before the baby arrives - is going to help both child and parent(s) with a smoother adjustment.
It is not uncommon for parents to feel a degree of sadness about the changes as they may not have as much time or physical capacity to be with their older children once a newborn enters the picture.
Listen to Episode 79 to learn practical solutions for making necessary adjustments and for finding ways to meet everyone's needs.