preparing my 2 year old for new baby

Chrissy - posted on 07/23/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Hi ladies im sorry I havent been on here in awhile. But im pregnant with my second child looks to be a boy. My daughter takes up much of my time. She loves her daddy but isnt close to him unless I'm not there. I need to know any advice on how to help her with the transition of having aa new baby and getting closer to daddy. Thank u all very much

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Pia - posted on 08/19/2011

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i have a 29 months old and just had the 2nd 7 weeks ago; this is the hardest thing ever- the adjustment! before the baby came, we talked about it alot, he bought a toy for his new baby brother , we both a toy for him (as present from his brother) and he seemed quite excited , but because he was used w lots of attention from both me and daddy i guessed he will have a tough time. And he did- he does help me w nappies, milk etc but the look on his face when we hold , cuddle the baby is just heartbreaking sometimes. if u plan to breasfeed make sure u have stuff she really likes around , in my case, all the naughty stuff happened then for attention
dont despair , it does get better i heard; in my case is easier now but i still cant help feeling guilty for depriving him from my attention

Chrissy - posted on 08/18/2011

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Her daddy is around but just not as much as I am. She always looks for me. When he's home with her she listens to him but has her moments where she is like whatever. He tries keeping her busy by playing with her toys. Its just when Mr and him are home she rather choose me. I took her last week to meet my god daughters new baby
She was very jealous so I see how she'll be with her brother. Im gonna try not to hold him too much and pay attention to both their needs. I will get her to help I'm just stressed and scared. Thank you mommies for your help :-)

Melissa - posted on 08/18/2011

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What we did was talk about the baby lots and tell him that hes going to be a big brother now too (We also have a 7 year old) Once our daughter arrived he took it pretty well, he doe shave his days where he just wants mommy and tells me to put her down. Just have to take it one day at a time.

Sarah - posted on 08/05/2011

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Maybe try Daddy daughter dates it doesn't matter what they are just being with him will help that bond! I also think Katherine is right they love to help so why not set aside a simple task for her. When my youngest was born my daughter used to be in charge of getting me the diapers and wipes just be prepared that it will take a little patience I kept some stashed in every room because they don't always do the greatest job bringing them but she felt like an extremely big girl when she brought them.

Katherine - posted on 07/24/2011

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I think that having her help with the new baby will be fun for her. At this age they love to help. MAybe changing diapers, throwing things away, helping with the nursery, helping feed....
As far as her dad, is he not around a lot?

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