Great article on preparing your child for baby

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sugspop's picture
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Great article on preparing your child for baby

My hormones made me tear up a bit while reading this, but the tips are great!
http://www.pregnancy.org/blog/10-tips-prepare-your-child-new-sibling

Even though my son's room is closer to our room than the baby's, I'm not going to move him as I think he wouldn't be very happy that we moved his room. I'm also going to take him to a big brother/sibling preparation class offered at the hospital.

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Okay so this made me cry too. This is something that I really worry about. I worry that my daughter won't feel special anymore because she has been "my baby" for 4 years now and here we are bringing in this new baby. It's heart wrenching to me to think my daughter will think that Mommy and Daddy don't love her anymore. We are definitely making her and my step-son part of the process. My daughter has heard that babies heartbeat and we will include them both in the anatomy scan ultrasound. I had to laugh at the suggestion to let them help name the baby. My daughter suggested "microwave" whenever we talked about baby names one day. LOL Or she picks names from the TV shows that she watches. My step-son, however, is old enough to really know names and he would like to name the baby Hayden if it's a boy. A name which I actually really love. Thanks for sharing this. I think the idea of a sibling prep class is a great idea!

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"_Jessicah_" wrote:

we will include them both in the anatomy scan ultrasound.

Great idea! I get my anatomy scan on my son's birthday. I think it would be great to bring him along and let him be a part of that experience!

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I kind of feel the opposite as most people I have talked to. I'm worried I will pay more attention to my oldest child in hopes of not making him feel replaced. I want to be able to figure out a good way to let him know they are BOTH important to me and I have time for each of them.

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It's funny, with my DD I wasn't worried about my sons being jealous at all. They were just so excited to FINALLY be getting a sister, they just loved all over here when she came. But I will admit I'm worried about DD now, as not only is she the baby but the only girl in the family (I also have two stepsons) and I don't know how she's going to deal with the baby. I've been trying to include her when I read baby books and things like that, but there's only so much she can take in as she's only 2 1/2. She'll be 3 by the time the baby gets here, within weeks actually as her birthday is Dec. 11, so I think she'll be OK... at least I'm praying that she will be!

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"Starryblue702" wrote:

I've been trying to include her when I read baby books and things like that, but there's only so much she can take in as she's only 2 1/2. She'll be 3 by the time the baby gets here, within weeks actually as her birthday is Dec. 11, so I think she'll be OK... at least I'm praying that she will be!

Our little ones are a month apart, to the date. My DS' bday is 11/11/08. And I agree, I don't think he full "gets it" just yet and most of the learning about baby's place in our family will come after delivery.