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Brothers and Babies in the Car

Posted by Kristen on April 2, 2009 at 6:24 AM in BabiesKristenNew Baby
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masong.jpgSee this little angel? I have begun to fear for his life.

Not too long ago we watched a show on television called something like "It's me or the Dog." Having issued that ultimatum myself and still having a dog, I was fascinated to see where the show was going. In the episode I watched, the couple was having their first child. They had a dog who already had some aggression issues and they were worried that when the baby was born, the dog's behavior would be unsafe.

The whole show I kept saying things like "that dog has to go." How could you ever take a chance? The dog trainer re=trained the dog and then made the couple promise that they would never leave the dog alone with the baby. I was smug. That dog really needed to go.

Now I find myself in a situation with a newborn and a two-year-old and a four-year-old crammed in the back seat of a sedan. I have consumed the Kool-Aid that says the baby is really safest in the middle of the seat but having experienced that configuration with his brothers.... Let's just say that the other day I pulled over into a parking lot and rearranged the seats (that's right. In the parking lot!) so that the four-year-old is in the middle and the baby is forever saved from having his binky snatched out of his mouth by his two-year-old brother. Or having his blanket snatched. Or having a finger shoved up his nose when he just started to fall asleep.

Having a two-year-old is like having an aggressive dog sometimes. Your child is just acting like a two-year-old as a dog acts like a dog. The thing is, it's not like you can say, "the two-year-old has to go." I'm sure he'll grow out of this, but I might need another car situation for a solution. This adjustment to the new baby? It ain't easy.


Jennifer S writes...

Good point! Most times dogs with issues can live harmoniously with a new baby but it does require EDUCATION, SUPERVISION AND strict management. Good luck with your adorable baby and family!

Jess writes...

Hey, the middle seat may be safest in terms of avoiding car crashes, but it's not *unsafe* to be in the side seat, so don't sweat it! I have found myself in your shoes twice now and both times I chose to put the baby next to the window and a big empty space (hooray for minivans) between him and the 2-year-old big brother. Two-year-olds are indeed going to act like two-year-olds, you've gotta work with what you've got!

Tonya writes...

I hear where you are coming from. I have an almost 3 year old and a 1 year old. I have a huge suburban and both of my boys are sitting away from each other because of the fact that my oldest throws toys at his brother, steals his sippy and blanket and even takes shoes off and chucks his shoes at his brother. I thought I was the only one that had this problem. I hope this will pass because when my youngest was only a couple of months old my oldest would throw dolls at him and I did fear for my youngest sons life. My oldest definatley has some "anger" issues with his brother and I just call it sibling rivalry. I hope it settles down soon.

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