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Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes --- get him a doll. This was how we got our son ready when I was pregnant with number two. We waited until I only had about two months left, simply because kids that age have no concept of time and I didn't want to be talking about the new baby for six months. If you can find one, get a doll that is about the same size as a real dol. It doesn't have to be 20 inches and 8 pounds, but not one of those really tiny ones either. It is a bonus if it is all plastic or rubber so you can do things like dress it, and bathe it. We got one from Target that was 15 inches, though it had a cloth body and rubber arms. We couldn't submerge it in the tub, but we would let him wash it's arms and legs with a damp washcloth. It also came with a little foldable stroller and baby items.
It was such a good way to get him ready for the baby. I showed him how to do all the things with his doll that we would do with the baby. He nursed his doll, fed his doll, bathed his doll, pushed it around the mall, slept with it, etc. It went with us everywhere. Then he wanted more dolls and a double stroller. He is now going through a nuturing period again, and one of his dolls goes with us everywhere, as does his little brother and his doll. I am the only mom around pushing my stuff in a stroller with my two boys hauling around their big dolls. Their favorite doll is the Miracle Baby which coos, cries, takes a bottle, but thankfully the batteries are dead and the boys don't seem to care.
Funny thing is that my 4 1/2 year old has been so much more caring of his little brother since he has started taking his "maggie" with him everywhere. He is so caring of the doll, talking to it, telling it he loves it, and it has carried over to how he treats his 2 1/2 yo brother. He is telling him how much he loves him, sharing his toys with him, his snacks with him, hugging him, you get the idea. I think the love my boys have for their dolls is wonderful.