Posted by: Anon | 2009/02/26


4 year old and newborn

My 4 year old son has started wetting his pants since his little sisters arrival a week ago. I' m not sure what to do about it and if I might be the reason for this behavior. He used to sleep with me in my bed but I moved him into his own room and he now sleeps there with his Dad because the baby waking up during the night disrupts his sleep &  then he' s all miserable when it' s time for school the next day

How do I handle the situation?

Expert's Reply



Well it is pretty obvious that your 4 year old must feel very rejected right now. Firstly his new sister arrives on the scene and then he is moved out of your bed [where he should not have been at age 4 anyway]. He must sleep in his own bed. His Dad must not sleep there with him as this will only prolong the problem. Your son needs lots of patience and love now. You must try to involve him with small tasks for the new baby and keep on emphasising that he is the big brother now. His dad must spend lots of time playing with him and reading to him especially at bedtime.

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