Magazine article Working Mother

Ask Dr. Howard

Magazine article Working Mother

Ask Dr. Howard

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Help-our 3-year-old has been regressing since the recent birth of his baby sister.

A: While it can be worrisome-as well as frustrating-to see your toddler go back on his recent accomplishments, keep in mind that your child's regression is simply his way of expressing his desire to be a baby again so he can get lots of attention and care, just like his new baby sister. To get him back on track: Keep your cool. Showing your exasperation or telling him to be a "big boy" can make your toddler even more upset. Let him be a baby. Assure him that he will always be your "first baby," and if he asks, give him a bottle in your arms or some extra cuddling. If his toileting regresses, consider putting him in a diaper again. (Dont worry-his drive to be grown up will take over once he's convinced that he hasn't lost your love to the baby.) Give him time. Be sure to designate "special time" just for him to be alone with each parent every day. Encourage loving kindness. Praise your son when he's gentle with the baby. Point out how much his new sister loves him and how interesting she thinks he is. …

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