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Birth videos "suitable" for toddlers?

post #1 of 13
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Does anyone have any links to birth videos that would be "suitable" for a 2.5yo? We are unsure if we will keep her at home for the birth and I would like to see her reaction to the process. In a perfect world, I'll go into labor after bedtime and she'll sleep through the whole thing :-p but this is not a perfect world and I don't have that great of luck lol! I know there are a ton of videos on youtube; does anyone have any favorites?

post #2 of 13
When dd was 2.5 she watched Doula! The film and loved it, especially the water birth. It all depends on the child.
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My 2yo DD and I watched a few the other day. I specifically wanted ones with noisy moms because I want to prepare her for the various sounds she'll hear at our upcoming birth. I don't remember now if they were very graphic, but none of that disturbs a 2yo! We had a great discussion about sounds and how good they are and how they mean mama is working hard and baby is coming soon, etc. She went from being concerned to very comfortable with it. We'll keep watching more, but I definitely find myself looking for MORE detailed/realistic videos rather than less. I'm not sure exactly what you're looking for as far as "suitable," but kids really do very well with natural birth! Far better than adults. lol.gif
post #5 of 13

http://youtu.be/zFMHB4RqpjI

 

This one is my personal favorite! I shared it with my boys (2 and almost 4), and talked a lot about what hard work it is to push the baby out and how it's normal for mama to make some noise. The elder had a lot of questions (is THAT where the baby comes out??), but the 2 year old was mostly just excited to see a baby and didn't seem worried about any of it at all, lol.

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My son and I really enjoyed this one as we prepared for the birth of his sister:

 

Birth of Cyprus Que

post #7 of 13
Loved both of those!
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I have no idea what or how many I watched, but you know you've been on youtube too much when you're checking on the little girls in the tub & your 3 yr. old is reclining w/ her knees up grinning, saying "I'm having a baby!" Your 4 yr. old is equally smiley & chimes in, "I'm the midwife!", holding up a plastic tiger as a baby & they gesture to the other very confused 3 yr. old girl you're babysitting & declare her to be the doula.

 

I don't think it matters what you watch, lol.

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I have no idea what or how many I watched, but you know you've been on youtube too much when you're checking on the little girls in the tub & your 3 yr. old is reclining w/ her knees up grinning, saying "I'm having a baby!" Your 4 yr. old is equally smiley & chimes in, "I'm the midwife!", holding up a plastic tiger as a baby & they gesture to the other very confused 3 yr. old girl you're babysitting & declare her to be the doula.

 

I don't think it matters what you watch, lol.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Voondrop View Post

I have no idea what or how many I watched, but you know you've been on youtube too much when you're checking on the little girls in the tub & your 3 yr. old is reclining w/ her knees up grinning, saying "I'm having a baby!" Your 4 yr. old is equally smiley & chimes in, "I'm the midwife!", holding up a plastic tiger as a baby & they gesture to the other very confused
3 yr. old girl you're babysitting & declare her to be the doula.

I don't think it matters what you watch, lol.

This is so cute. love it
post #11 of 13
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Update: I had my baby 3/13 (on her due date of all days)! Big sister was able stay home and she did SO well! She watched the whole thing and even helped rub my back a little in labor :-) At one point she was down on the ground looking up at me (I was leaning over the bed with my knees on the ground) saying "I wanna see! I wanna see!" Haha! I'm so happh she was able to share the experience with us
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Our two year old son was at his sisters birth (this was 4.5 years ago) and it was wonderful! It felt so natural to have all of us there. I had a friend come to the birth to be in charge of Harvest, which enabled us to labor in peace while she kept him busy. When I started to push he was right there at the edge of the birth pool watching. We had definitely prepared him some with birth videos and that wonderful book Welcome With Love...but truthfully there is not much preparation necessary. Two year olds can handle the natural process of birth. 

post #13 of 13
Voondrop - I love your story! that would be perplexing to the babysat child. But it's great that teh kids have such an understanding of birth as a natural event. lunchforthesky - glad all went well - our little ones are amazing aren't they? hope big sister is adjusting to her new role in the family. I suspect having the older siblings as part of the birth makes the transition smoother, compared to a hospital birth where mom disappears for a few days and comes home with a baby. Vermontgirl - I appreciate your feedback about how 2 year olds tend to just go along with birth, not needing a ton of preparation. Our son will be 3 right around this baby's birth day. We've read books, Hello Baby, in particular. He's not asking too many questions and we tend to see a bit of acting out (hitting) after we have read the book - I suspect he's not sure what to make of it all and so gets his emotions out. So we will use these video suggestions to start with...thanks all! I think he needs to see what it will sound and be like. I'm not a quiet labouring mama! His grandmother will be home with us to help him.
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