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Old 08-05-2008, 04:57 PM - Thread Starter
 
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i have a 2y8m old dd, we are expecting our dd2 at the end of the month. dd was really excited about the baby coming, but is now showing some serious anxiety about it. she is still nursing on demand pretty much, and i haven't had to many problems nursing until lately with all of her new night waking.
anyway, we have a book about homebirths that she loves to read, but aside from that and near constant discussions about the baby and what will happen when the baby gets here, what else could i do to help her get over the anxiety or prepare her for the baby? what have you done that helps?

she likes to play Mommy/Eva where she is the mommy and i am her. we do talk about takign care of the baby then. also she has lots of babies and we "practice" how to take care of the baby and things like that.
any other suggestions to help ease her into this?
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Old 08-05-2008, 06:16 PM
 
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Here's what we did to prepare dd for the birth of ds. They are 32 mos apart. DD knew about the fact that she is going to be abig sister as we read books, watch some dvds on the same theme (Dora, etc) What we did was have dd spend some extra time with dh. DH become more involved with the day to day activities with her, bath, story time, cuddle before bed, etc. We went shopping for gift for little brother from her. Sort old toys that she thinks he will like. I also modify our day a bit to prepare dd for the times I may need to be in a quiet room to nurse ds and get him to sleep.

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