For the mamas who are dealing w/young ones in addition to the new babe, I have four young children, ages 6, 4, 2, and my newborn. Some of the things that worked for us when introducing a new baby into the family are:
* having a routine. This seems to make the kids feel more comfortable, bc they know what to expect most of the time & they can then feel more in control of their environment. It also helps me a great deal to get things done.
* lots of fresh air & exercise for the kids. This definately makes a difference w/my crew. When the natives start getting restless, we move outdoors - our backyard, a walk, the playground, etc. The change of scenery plus the fresh air & physical outlet can really make a big difference.
* lots of healthy food and minimal sweets. We struggle w/food allergies, so this is especially important w/my family. When my ds is feeling unwell due to his allergies, his behavior is so much worse. And when my dd eats too many sweets she is definately a handful. Pair those up w/the stressors of having a new baby and life is not fun.
* And of course individual attention whenever you can find the time to fit it in. Even if it is just reading a favorite book, bringing one child on an errand w/you, a quick snuggle.
I know they are nothing earth shattering, but I just thought I'd share.
to all the mamas. Mothering is a lot of work!