And then there were Two… A new baby

Q: My toddler wants to pick up his new baby sister. Is this safe?
A: It is positive to see that your toddler wants to help with the new baby, to touch and cuddle her. As he’s seen you pick her up, he will almost certainly want to copy you, and may even try to carry her around. This is not safe at all: His strength and balance are not well-developed enough to hold her safely or to support her head as well as she needs. One alternative is to have your toddler put his arms around the baby while you have her fully supported on your lap. This way he gets to feel close to his sister while you keep her held safely.

Your toddler should not be left alone with the new baby for even the shortest period, since he does ...

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