It Will depend a lot of the temperament of the kids, my Dd was an easy newborn, and DS took to being a big brother very easily. If I had of had the kids in reverse order it would have been a different story.
Anyway, here's some things I did:
Before NB arrived
-Play with dolls before newbie arrived and talk about what it will be like with a new baby
-Read lots of new baby books together
After NB arrived
- I didn't worry about bathing newbie very often a all, maybe once a week if she was lucky. Takes the pressure off.
-Swinging rockers are great, just teach the older one not to rock it for you, otherwise newbie will be in for a wild ride.
-When I bf'd newbie I read a book to DS all cuddles together on the couch. I was lucky DD was a great feeder and could self attach early on.
-Lots of cuddles all together, make big deal of being a family, everyone loves each other. I let DS cuddle DD a lot but always with lots of supervision, and told him the importance of being a big brother and how lucky he was and how special it is.
I once went for a walk around the block with DS for mummy and son time and left DH with DD alone. When we left DS yelled out "don't break her ok dad" !!
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24-03-2014 14:35 #21Senior Member
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24-03-2014 14:38 #22Senior Member
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Give the toddler lots of one on one time when baby is asleep. Have nappy bag packed and ready the night before so u can head out as soon as baby wakes /feeds if u want to. Try wear toddler out with physical/mental stimulation so they will sleep or rest in arvo (took me ages to work this out, would have helped if I knew earlier coz my toddler refused to nap at 24 months and with a newborn I was exhausted). Also if u can, get toddler looked after for couple hours a week so u can rest/spend time with baby/get chores done. You will with things out as u go
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24-03-2014 14:51 #23Senior Member
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Some great tips here. I had 2 under 18 months. I tried to keep the house full of food/snacks and a few that I kept back as 'treats' for when I REALLY needed DS1 to cooperate so I could feed the baby etc. Re the bathing thing- I never made this a priority each day, especially if I was home alone (and exhausted!). A quick wipe down for each some days. I wasn't prepared to bath both on my own as I was so tired I was afraid a mistake would happen. Safety first. Fenced playgrounds also became by best friend. All the best x
24-03-2014 15:10 #24
Some very handy tips here.
My second is due in June and my DS will be 2.4 years so very much need some of this helpful advice!
Thanks ladies 😃
24-03-2014 17:28 #25
24-03-2014 21:00 #26
Great tips ladies
Thank you so much
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