toddlers and new babies

Katharina - posted on 05/13/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )

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our son is 17months old, and we are expecting a new baby boy any day now. what is the best way to help our first to understand? how long does it take for kids to bond? i know i am supposed to get him involved in all the baby activities, but how do you keep your older child amused, challenged, and happy?
what is the hardest part of having a new baby, with a 17month old around? what should i prepare for?

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Louise - posted on 05/14/2010

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I bought a garage for my son with cars something he had his eye on and when his brother turned up I told him it was a present from his little brother. He was thrilled and it took his mind off everybody else coming into see the new baby bringing presents and nothing for him. Just keep him involved and lots of praise for being a big brother and you should not have any problems at all. Good luck with the new arrival!

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