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20/05/2010 at 15:04
21/05/2010 at 21:54
hi hun well there are a few things you could do to make your little man feel involved in the arrival of the new baby
you could involve him in choosing the babys coming home outfit, and if you need to decorate a room for the baby you could involve him with some bits for that. maybe show him scan pics and say that mummy has a baby in her tummy and hes going to be a big brother. there are some great story books about new babies that u can get which could help.
also when he sees baby for the first time whether you are at home or in hospital i've heard its best if they meet baby without you (mummy) holding new baby so it doesnt worry them that they've been pushed out etc
also could buy him a gift especially from the new baby
hope that helps take care
from zoe x
04/06/2010 at 14:53
Hi there, I had exactly the same worries. I'd say definately follow the advice from Zoe. You can prepare them so much but it will still be a big change so I'd say expect a bad week or so just in case. Make a few allowances for your little boy because he may start to act up a little bit. Most importantly don't let him get away with murder or he'll think he can do it from then on. Trust me, I learnt the hard way on that one. Lol. If possible try & spend some time with him without the baby just so he knows it's not the end of the world. My boyfriend gives our eldest a bath for fun time with bath toys & I spend time with her playing her fave games during the day while my baby sleeps in her bouncey chair. When I was pregnant Mia used to like feeling the baby kick around. She seemed to understand more then that there really was something in there.
We did get Mia a gift for the day Ava came home from the hospital & we let Mia pick a toy for her baby sister. When we had the cot & everything ready we let Mia put her sisters toy in there ready so she knew she was going to come home with us & get it.
Mamas & Papas do some really cute toys that are dogs that look like they've been made from old socks. They have so many patterns & colours that it was a great way of letting Mia pick. A bargin too, about £10. Of course Mia had to have one too.
I hope all goes well. Try not to worry. It all has a way of working out.
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