By Sleep Training Kids
This change in the family dynamic may only affect sleep for a few days and several weeks to resolve.
If you brought home your second child, your older kid will never be an only child - ever again.
This can trigger general anxiety or separation anxiety.
New Siblings Can Trigger Separation Anxiety
It can be hard for them to see why that is - they're just seeing that they're not getting the same attention that they're accustomed to.
Your independent toddler will be in control of when and how well they sleep. There's not a whole lot you can do about that aspect of it.
Children are going to see that the diaper-wearing, nursing (or bottle-fed), and crying baby gets all of the attention. So they may start mimicking the baby to get attention, too.
Help Your Toddler Adjust - with Preparation
Give your toddler a baby doll
Visit friends with babies
Talk to your toddler
Give them an age-appropriate job to help
Here's the thing with sleep regressions: the best way to get through them is by being consistent in how you approach them.
So go ahead and pick what feels right for your situation and family - and then be consistent across the board.