I'm currently 23 weeks pregnant with my second child and am planning my first home birth. My son will be 3 1/2 when this baby's born, and the current plan is to have him stay at home with us with someone here specifically to care for him--in the room with me, in the basement playing, whatever he and I need at the time. I've been thinking of putting together a Kid Kit for him (maybe I'm the only person who still remember those from the Babysitter's Club books?) to use during the birth and in the first few days postpartum, when I assume I'll be mostly preoccupied with the new baby. It will be put away until I'm in labor and have some special treats for him to help keep him entertained and hopefully less likely to be in my face whining or throwing a fit. He hit a pretty demanding phase just before he turned three and hasn't yet emerged from it.
Has anyone else done this? Recommendations? The baby will be born in March, so his ability to go outside and play will be dictated by the weather and his caregiver's inclinations toward going out with him.
Here's what I've been thinking so far:
- Crayons and coloring books
- Play dough
- New books
- A new train (he's obsessed with trains and loves Thomas)
- A new DVD (we're not big on screen time here and don't have TV, but I'm not about to ban movies when I'm trying to give birth)
- Balloons and streamers to decorate the house for the new arrival
- Bagged dry ingredients to make a "birth day" cake
Any other ideas? I don't just want to go out and buy a bunch of cheap plastic junk to throw in there, but I also don't want to spend a fortune. When he's not being...well, three, he's a sweet little man who loves to be helpful. I wouldn't be surprised if he wanted to be in the room with me at least part of the time, fetching drinks or cool rags. He's been pretty calm when I had my wisdom teeth removed or have been sick in the past, and he thinks the relatively graphic birth videos we've watched on YouTube are amazing, so I mostly anticipate an issue of keeping him occupied if I have a long labor and while I'm nursing.