www.moms.com

  • 10 Ways To Have The Toddler Help With The New Baby

    There's no denying that toddlers love to help. Even when that "help" may be a little too much, and a little too "annoying." Though we do want to encourage independence and a helpful nature at a young age, toddlers want to try and do everything on their own. Sometimes it is best for the parent to delegate wisely when it comes to helping out with the new baby.

    RELATED: 10 Genius Ways To Keep Your Toddler Occupied

    Considering their often independent nature, we have listed 10 ways that a toddler can help with their new sibling. Not only will these exercises help develop a special bond between children, but it will also help ensure the toddler will be less annoyed with the attention that is given solely to the infant. Read ahead for some extra inspiration!

    Swipe to continue
    Use your keyboard arrows to navigate
  • 10 / 10
    GRAB THE DIAPERS

    This is such an easy task: when the baby needs a diaper, ask the toddler to grab it for you. This will allow the older child to feel as though they're involved with such a common task. It is something that will occur quite often, especially while the infant in is their newborn stage.

    So, ask your toddler to grab something that not only you but the baby needs will remind them that they too are needed. They're important. And they're fully capable of helping in even the most mundane tasks.

    Swipe to continue
    Use your keyboard arrows to navigate
  • 9 / 10
    FOLD BABY CLOTHES

    Teaching children at a young age that folding laundry is not necessarily a bad thing is a great thing to instill. Providing a positive experience, even in folding laundry, is a great way to let them know chores can be "fun."

    Considering how small baby clothes can be, show the toddler how to fold their baby socks into each other. Starting small is a great way to show the importance of help. Even when it comes to the big and common jobs that parents do so often.

    Swipe to continue
    Use your keyboard arrows to navigate
  • 8 / 10
    FEED THE BABY

    What a great and fun way to show how productive the toddler can be! It's also incredibly rewarding. Expect a lot of laughs and giggles from the baby as the toddler feeds their sibling.

    RELATED: Important Lessons A Mom Should Teach Her Daughter

    The toddler will feel so accomplished knowing that they are assisting with meal time. Make sure you have paper towels on deck—it's going to be a messy one!

    Swipe to continue
    Use your keyboard arrows to navigate
  • 7 / 10
    TURN THEIR MONITOR ON & OFF

    This is a very simple task that will introduce your child to technology at an early age. If they are not yet glued to the iPad or your iPhone, a baby monitor is an appropriate and simple object to ask for their help. Anytime the baby is put down for their nap, it's hard to manage a toddler while you run away quickly to settle the baby.

    If you trust the toddler, hand them their monitor. Teach them which button to touch and which not to. When they listen, give them a sticker. Show them the importance of safety and how watching the infant sleep is very vital.

    Swipe to continue
    Use your keyboard arrows to navigate
  • 6 / 10
    SING SLEEPY SONGS

    Everyone loves a good song, especially if that song is sung by many! Toddlers love rhythm. Children love music. Singing a song together to the baby will be very special moments between the three (or four) of you.

    If it's a nursery rhyme that they already know or one that they want to make up on the spot, singing a sleepy song is a great way to have the toddler assist with a nap and/or bedtime.

    Swipe to continue
    Use your keyboard arrows to navigate
  • 5 / 10
    HELP PUSH THE STROLLER

    Toddlers love to see how strong they are. More often than not, most toddlers will want to run loose and be freed from the grasp of their stroller seats. We suggest embracing their independent nature and ask for their help.

    Whether they are pulling the side to help navigate which way their stroller turns or stand right in front of the parent's body to push from the back, asking the toddler to help push the stroller is a very hands-on and immediate, rewarding task. They'll be thrilled you asked!

    Swipe to continue
    Use your keyboard arrows to navigate
  • 4 / 10
    TURN ON THE BABY SWING

    Again, having the toddler assist in very minor, technical help can be incredibly rewarding to the toddler. They will feel "grown up" and independent. Whether the child has discovered the swing's buttons already or not, it's still a nice way to incorporate their help if the baby is in the swing.

    RELATED: 10 Ways To Keep The Spark With Your Spouse Even After Becoming Parents

    Allow them to get in the habit: anytime the baby is in the swing, have them press the "on" button. They'll be so excited to help anytime their sibling is placed in their rocker.

    Swipe to continue
    Use your keyboard arrows to navigate
  • 3 / 10
    STORYTIME

    Storytime is an incredible habit to get into with both children. It's also a great way to incorporate the reading lessons with your toddler to allow them to "teach" the baby.

    Age and skill level permitting, perhaps the toddler can recite their ABC's or point out the letters and/or small words they know. Storytime is a great way to have the toddler help before bedtime.

    Swipe to continue
    Use your keyboard arrows to navigate
  • 2 / 10
    BATH TIME

    Bath time is double the fun when both children are involved. Not only do you save on water by "killing two birds with one stone," but you also can help the toddler by providing fun games with toys; bringing the parent the right soap or shampoo; and even cleaning certain areas like their head, their elbow, shoulders, and hands.

    Not only will this help the toddler label their appropriate body parts, but it will have them feeling more helpful with their little sibling. It's a win-win!

    Swipe to continue
    Use your keyboard arrows to navigate
  • 1 / 10
    TUMMY TIME

    Tummy Time is an incredibly important few minutes in your baby's day. Baby-see, baby-do. So, if your toddler is able to mimic the baby by laying on their stomach, the baby may follow suit.

    It will be a fun time to introduce new floor games or new stories that you've creatively made up. While the baby practices and builds their neck and back strength, your toddler will be more involved than they usually would. Encourage them to help any which way they can! They'll feel great about being a big sibling.

    NEXT: 10 Girl Names That Will Vanish By 2020

    Swipe to continue
    Use your keyboard arrows to navigate
Swipe through the list Easily swipe through the list for a faster and better reading experience