Even if he was excited about having a new sibling before birth, your little one may change his mind once the baby comes home. Your child’s behavior will depend in part on his temperament. Children who are more flexible and self-sufficient can adjust more easily. Those who are very sensitive need more time to transition, and such procedures may take longer to adjust.
Your firstborn may react to the arrival of a new family member by checking on you or regressing. He will most likely want your attention when you are breastfeeding or changing a diaper. He may even try to express his feelings by tugging on the child’s hand or snatching toys away from him.
You can respond by saying something like, “I want you to be gentle with the baby. It may hurt her to pull her hand. If you need to pull something, you can pull your cart.” Show your baby how to gently touch his sister.