When I had my first child, I treated her like a precious piece of artwork, barely letting others breathe on her without sanitizing first. Luckily, I was much less neurotic by the time I had my second child. Although some things get easier with the second child, other things, like sleep, can become challenging. If you've recently started enjoying sleep success with your older child, you may be worried that the arrival of a new baby will undo all of your hard work. Which is why you're probably wondering, will my newborn keep my other kid awake?
The addition of a new baby will force your entire family to make changes, especially during the period before they begin sleeping through the night. And although waking up to their late night (and early morning) cries may be tough on you and your partner, your older children may have the hardest time making the adjustment, especially since they may not have the language to express how they feel.
When it comes to sleeping, you may find that your older child reverts to some of their former ways. This is usually in an effort to steal some of the spotlight away from their younger sibling and make sure they're being included. You can help with the adjustment by trying to incorporate them into your routine. But before that happens, you need to know what may happen when you bring your newborn home for the first night. Here are five things to be aware of.