Advice on how to prepare my 2 year old for a new baby

Krystle - posted on 11/19/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I'm about to have baby number two (a boy) in 9 days! Super excited, but I'm nervous about how my 2 year old (boy) will react, handle it, and what I should do to prepare him. He's too young to understand when i say that a "little brother" is coming. Any advice or words of wisdom?

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Kirsty - posted on 12/01/2013

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my only advice would be dont do what my sister in law did and be over protective of the newborn and shout at your 2 year old. Me and my partner encouraged our son to interact with our daughter he was very curious and would often go over to her and pat her on the head in the moses basket and she would wake up crying instead of shouting at him (like my sister in law does) we showed him how to smooth her on the head so he could touch her but not wake her. We also always kept him involved in anything we did with the baby so he wouldnt be jealous such as him passing me wipes when i changed her and putting the nappy in the bin. he would also sit next to me as i fed the baby and cover her with her blanket when i put her down. I found this the best way as he was brilliant with our daughter and hardly ever tantrumed for attention unfortunately my sister in law went the other way ignoring her son or shouting at him for touching the baby and now she has a very angry and jealous little boy who attacks other children for attention . Hope this helped x x

Ana - posted on 11/24/2013

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I just did this, I have a 10month old and a 3.5 year old.

My oldest didn't understand until she saw the baby and was in the delivery room with me. For the first few weeks, she was actually very quiet. She rubbed the babys head and kissed her. I think your son will grow into getting used to the baby. but he can help you by grabbing a diaper for you here and there, and things like that.

After about a month he will understand that this little baby is not going back where he came from...lol...

Kassandra - posted on 11/19/2013

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I had the same issue, my older son was about 3 when my younger son was born. I was very concerned and worried. He actually surprised me. He was very helpful and protective. It was really cute. I learned that if you get the older child involved it makes the adjustment easier and they don't feel left out cause the new baby needs a little bit more attention.

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