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schnappycat schnappycat 5 years
We did all of these things with our 2.5 year old son and the transition was relatively smooth. He's been a pretty good big brother so far. However, when we tried to include him in the naming process, his primary suggestion was "Bus Beep Beep, " so we opted to head in another direction. LOL! :)
amaebi519 amaebi519 5 years
We've noticed our 2 1/2 y.o. daughter adores babies but gets jealous when we interact with them, so we've been doing a lot of prep with her...I'd love to hear other parents' ideas, too! Here's our strategy list: - Referring to the new one as "our" baby (i.e. the whole family's) - Kids books that reference the ways big sibs are special and important (I'm a Big Sister - J. Cole & Best-Ever Big Sister - K. Katz) - Letting her shop to choose a gift from herself to the baby - Presents she'll get to unwrap: pj's and t-shirts with a Big Sister motif; baby supplies for her doll (Graco has a pretty cheap kit with a playard, stroller, baby gym, and diaper bag) so she can do for her doll what adults are doing for the baby - Introducing her to babies - if you don't know any personally (!), a lot of new parents at the mall have been more than happy to let our toddler interact with their newbies (just have your toddler ask the baby's parents first!) - Transitioning her to a toddler bed, booster seat and potty well in advance so the new baby isn't using 'her' stuff - Brainstorming with her about ways she can be involved when the baby gets here (passing us wipes, etc.), since she takes pride in being helpful ...Hopefully the transition is a relatively smooth one!
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