I'm due early august and my mum has been allowed 2 weeks off work to stay with us. Hopefully in that time i'll give birth and she can stay home with DS (2yrs) while dp and I go to the hospital. But... we are a bit stuck if it doesn't happen in that time. Has anyone brought their toddler to hospital with them?
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19-04-2013 06:19 #1
Toddlers attending birth?
19-04-2013 06:37 #2
I haven't but I was working and a couple bought their toddler. The mum was so contained the little boy knew no difference. We did ask that he be taken out of the room for the birth BUT he fell asleep and slept through the entire birth the dad was great with him but it did mean that he couldn't be there as much for his wife.
I hope bub arrives when your mum is down it would just be a lot easier for you and DH but it could be doable with a toddler
19-04-2013 07:00 #3Senior Member
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I had my 3 year old there for his brothers birth... well most of it. We had no one to look after him and I was being induced so had a toy bag packed and snacks and drinks ready and the nurses gave him a bean bag to sit in. He fell asleep after the first while and missed most of it anyway. I had spent weeks telling him about mums stomache ache that would bring the baby and that he would have to be good for dad. I liked the fact that we were all together as a family. Unfortunately the baby turned prosterior and I was struggling to get him out and the doctors were thinking c-sect was inevitable and my step sister finished work so picked him up at the hospital for half an hour as I managed to birth bub and he was dropped off to meet his new brother. I think him being there gave me something to focus on and he dosn't remember anymore now he is 5. It gave my partner something to do aswell. While I labour he just sat so having the role of carer for him was great.
Good luck with it all.
19-04-2013 11:48 #4Senior Member
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I had my 2.5 yr old at my twins birth. He missed twin 1 but was there for twin 2 and was fine. I did, however have a friend there and my mum for each of my kids incase something went pear shaped or if he got scared/bored and needed to go out of the room. I don't think I'd have little kids there without someone to take them out if they're scared.
19-04-2013 18:39 #5
Thanks all. Best case scenario for me is for DS to be at home with my mum. I just can't imagine what we'd do with him if I happen to go into labor late at night and my mum wasn't here... Daytime would be fine cause he could go to dp's sisters place... Argh stressful... Still have a few months to think about it
19-04-2013 18:56 #6Member
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Check with the hospital, mine didn't allow children in the birthing suite.
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