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Sibling rivalry

Siblings normally feel jealous of a new arrival in the home. Involving the siblings in the pregnancy and birth can reduce these normal feelings.

  • To the extent possible, have the siblings visit in the hospital and become familiar with their new brother or sister.
  • Buying a toy for the sibling and giving it to him or her when the new baby comes home also helps.

Read more ways to help older brothers and sisters adjust to a new baby.


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Source: Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

First published: 05/15/2001
Last updated: 10/14/2007

Reviewed by: Michael Slama, MD, Allina Medical Clinic-Coon Rapids Women's Health