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When mom is pregnant with a new baby, and there’s other children in the family, it’s important to do things to welcome the new child. The new baby actually could be seen as competition for a younger child. That’s why a young child who’s welcoming their brother or sister needs to feel part of it. My suggestion has always been this, let the other children in the family be a part of it. Let them feel excited that there’s a new member of their family. With that knowledge and expectation comes a chance to share. With the sharing, obviously, comes a chance to feel more part of it and happy about it.

By: Brian McDonough, M.D., FAAFP