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Sibling Rivalry

Month 6, Week 2

You want your children to get along, but older siblings may be jealous that they have to share Mom and Dad. It's no fun, but sibling rivalry is normal.

 This may help:

  • Spend as much one-on-one time as possible with your older child, so she won't feel that the baby is taking you away from her.
  • Let your older child have a few special toys that only she can play with. It will help her feel special, and it's a good way to keep toys with small parts away from the baby.

Your Baby's Development This Week

When you brought your baby home from the hospital, she couldn't hold her head up. By now she's learning how to sit upright, if she hasn't already.

You can help:

  • Sit her on plush carpeting or surrounded by pillows. Hold her steady. Let go for a few seconds, so she feels what sitting is like.
  • Put some of her favorite toys in front of her, so she'll have something exciting to focus on.
  • Once she gets the hang of sitting with your help, she'll learn to balance herself by placing her hands on the floor in front of her, like a tripod.
  • After a few weeks of sitting in tripod position, your baby should start sitting upright without help. Then her hands will be free to explore.

Month 6, Week 2 Tips

  • Shopping for a new baby toy? Entice as many of the senses as possible, since she'll look at it, listen to it, touch it, smell it and put it in her mouth.
  • If your infant starts avoiding eye contact, she may be ready for a nap. Many babies stare elsewhere when they're tired.
  • Looking for childcare? Your baby will get more attention if the child-staff ratio is 3:1, rather than the maximum 6:1.
  • Going outside? It is now safe to start applying sunscreen, but talk to your baby's doctor about what to use. Keep your baby in the shade, if possible. Baby's skin is thinner and more sensitive. Cover baby up with clothes and a hat, limit the time in the sun (especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun is strongest), don’t let baby get overheated, and get her out of the sun right away if she shows any signs of sunburn or dehydration, including fussiness, redness, and excessive crying.
  • Once your baby can sit up, switch to the big bathtub. She'll have more fun when there's room for extra toys and water.
  • Never leave your baby alone in the tub, even if the water is really low.
  • Babies are excellent observers. When they see you talking about something, they link your words with the object.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli, MD on September 18, 2013

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