introducing new baby to toddler?

Angie - posted on 02/17/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )




I am 5 weeks pregnant and wondering if you girls have any good tips on incorporating a new baby into our family. My 18 month is very clingy to me and he is slow to change. I am worried it'll be a hard transition on him to have a new baby in the house taking up all of his mommy's att'n. Any advice is appreciative!


Amy - posted on 02/21/2011




My son is now 22 months and i'm 22 weeks pregnant. He knows there's a baby in there and I even told him her name. He kisses the belly and hugs goodnight. I keep telling him there's his baby sister in there....gentle! He tries to tickle the belly, but really, letting them know once you start to show that there's a baby growing in there and constantly talking about it helps tons. My daughter couldn't wait for her baby brother and now her brother can't wait for his sister. We took our daughter to the ultrasound to see the picture of the "baby on tv". She said brother and pointed at it and kissed my belly. I think talking about it all the time is just the best. or having them feel baby kicks. although i tell my kids the baby is trying to hold their hand [i don't say baby's kicking, don't want them to try and kick back. lol].


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Danielle - posted on 03/02/2011




I am 12 weeks pregnant and my son is 18 months. We got him a boy babydoll, so he had something to relate with the baby in mommys belly. He seems to also somewhat understand, cause if you ask him where baby is he will lift up my shirt and kiss my belly. Talking about it has helped alot, but I am sure it will help alot more when I am starting to show. Thanks for the post it was helpful to me also, and hope to you too!

Camille - posted on 02/27/2011




Like some of the gals on here, I did the same thing. When I was pregnant, I told my daughter to feel her baby brother in my belly. Once he came out, she was thrilled! to this day she kisses him and calls him her baby brady bear. She even helps bring me diapers and kisses him goodnight. She is 25 months and he is 9 months. They love each other.

Lindsay - posted on 02/21/2011




let him be a part of the pregnancy. my son loved to look at and touch my big belly. he would try to pull up my shirt and show people where his little sister was, while we were in public. I told him that he was going to be a big brother and its a really important job. he was ready for the job and they are still great friends!

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We had our son feel my belly and we told him his brother was in my belly. He loved patting my belly and saying Baby. He was 17 months old when his brother was born. My mom brought him to the hospital to meet his brother. We try to have him help with things but there are times he is jealous. I think by having him help with his brother makes him feel like a part of things and not like we are giving all of our attention to the baby. He likes to hold his brother, tries to help feed him, helps throw away diapers and anything else we can think of.

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Read books about new babies was a big one in our house. I also made sure that my toddler touched and got to feel her baby sister kicking, moving, and so on when I was at that stage. She helped me get things the new baby would need, set them up, make things for her, (her coloring sheets and such) more books, and lots of talking. We even found a couple of cartoons about new babies.

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