Teaching big brother to be gentle with new brother

I have an 18 month old and I need help teaching him to be nice and gentle with his new brother. Little brother is only a week old. Today big brother threw his sippy cup at little brothers head. Thank goodness he is ok, but I really want to avoid anything like this in the future. Please help!!

  • 2Boys&aDog
    Oct 30, 2018

    Mine are 3 years apart. Big brother is sooooo not gentle with baby brother. I have to watch like a hawk whenever they’re interacting and it’s stressful. We have lots of talks about why it is important to be gentle and careful around the baby. However, your son is at an age where he doesn’t understand reasoning quite yet so I’m not sure of any advice for you except to be very watchful when they’re in the same room together. It will get better mama!

  • Sonia
    Oct 30, 2018

    I guess he’s jealous of little brother who’s taking all the attention from him. I would try being -even more- loving towards big brother and let him help with baby’s activities (putting diaper in trash can, handing you diapers and bottles, etc..) and make him feel part of the babies development. Good luck!

  • Jennifer
    Oct 30, 2018

    Yeah I think big brother is jealous the little brother is getting all the attention and plus knowing that he's not the baby anymore! Give him more love and attention and see how things goes.