Anticipating a new baby is just as thrilling and exciting the second time around. In many ways, there is a comfort level with ‘being down that road before.’ However, there are also new worries, the main one being how to balance having two children. There is no guarantee that you and your family will have a problem-free transition from one to two, but there are a few things you can do with your child to make the journey into ‘siblinghood’ a little smoother.
Sucking is a normal, instinctive behaviour that is essential to survival. The habit is derived from a physiological need for nutrients, and is one of the first neurological reflexes to develop in humans. Generally, sucking habits during the first five years of a child’s life have little or no long term effects. If the habit persists beyond the time the adult teeth begin to grow in, numerous problems in a child’s bite may start to develop. These problems cover a wide spectrum of severity, both in terms of tooth position and jaw development. For this reason, it is recommended that parents have their children examined by an orthodontist around age seven.
A new baby is such an exciting and confusing change for big brother or sister. After months of waiting for that kicking thing to come out of Mom’s tummy and planning all the fun things that a brother or sister might do, the reality of a gurgling, spitting, crying, sleeping, pooping bundle can be a bit of a downer.
Women have a conspiracy; do not admit to anyone that this giving birth business might not fill one to the brim with spiritual and maternal fulfillment. As a psychologist, I come across many new moms who find themselves drawn in this conspiracy and, in turn, are reluctant to draw on the support of others.
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