Having another baby

Michele - posted on 12/01/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Well i just found out i am pregnant. I have a 2 year old son. My question is how do i explain 2 him that i'm having another baby & that he's going 2 b a big brother. Does anyone have any suggestions cause thay are greatly needed & appreciated.

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Bonnie - posted on 12/10/2009

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I've heard to wait until you are showing so they understand better. I had to tell my son right away because of the way we play sometimes. I am now 25 weeks. I just told him one day to be careful of mommy's tummy because there is a baby inside. Then I took out pics of being pregnant with him and explained as simple as possible that we were going to have a baby in the house in a little while.
I don't think he completely understood until I took him to an ultrasound and he got to see the baby. Now, I have posted the baby's ultrasound and his ultrasound on the fridge. We look at them I show him the baby and his pic and explain how he was in my tummy and now there is another baby there. Every once in awhile I take out pics of him when he was born and tell him that we will soon have a baby in the house.
We sing a lot so I started getting him to put his head on my tummy and sing to the baby. When I was first pregnant, if he hit my tummy I told him that he needs to be careful and he would give the baby a kiss.

Valerie - posted on 12/01/2009

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there are great children's books out there to help you and as your body changes you can share that too along with those dr visits...all will be well...congratulations...

Carolee - posted on 12/01/2009

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I'm 6 weeks along with my second, and have tried explaining it to my 2 year old (the baby's due on his 3rd birthday), but he doesn't understand. I've tried telling him that there's a baby in mommy's tummy, but he just smiles and says "no" real shy-like. They won't start to understand until your belly gets big and he can actually feel the baby in there. I just try to mention it to him every once in a while... every few days right now (so he doesn't try to go patting everybody's tummy and saying "baby"). As my tummy grows, I'll try to explain that there's a baby in there slowly over and over until the baby's born. Then the fun of "siblings" ensues! Congratulations on the baby, and good luck!

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