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#1 of 3 Old 06-13-2006, 06:25 PM - Thread Starter
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DH and I were discussing what routines we should start changing because of the new baby. We want to allow DD plenty of time to adjust at her own speed & not have to rush things.

For example, we will need the crib DD currently sleeps in to sidecar for the baby so we are going to work on transitioning DD to a twin bed (which we already own & just need to get out of storage). We decided that this will also allow us the option of going to lay with DD in her bed rather than having her always come into ours when she wakes at night. It will also give DH a place he can go sleep on those nights both kids are in bed with us and restless but he has to be up early for work.

DH has also agreed to start taking over some of the nighttime parenting responsibilities for DD. The goal is by the time the baby comes he will mostly help DD when she needs something at night & I will mostly care for the baby. My best friend did this with her boys & it worked excellent for them! He has started putting her to bed some nights and once she has her twin will go in & lay with her at least as often as I will. We just figure that with the baby coming it only makes sense to get her used to Daddy doing those things since Mommy has mostly done them so far.

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The only thing I have changed is I dropped the b/f bed feeding. He would nurse for an hour before bed and I know I won't have time to do that when the baby comes.
I would love to have ds out of diapers b/f babe comes... as of yet I doubt that will happen.
I think any routines we have will be easily adapted to accomodate the new baby without hurting ds feeling.
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I feel kind of bad because we are going to try to wean ds from our bed and the breast before the new baby. We're going to find a matress to lay next to the bed, so it won't be too major of a transition and I'll still be within arms' reach.

The bigger change will be the breastfeeding. Ds is starting to cut down, and I'm hoping that right around 2 yrs (Sept), which is also when your milk is supposed to really die out, he'll wean himself. But right now he's driving me crazy because he wants to have all these 1 - 2 hr nursing sessions, and I just can't do it anymore. I'm way too tired. I guess we'll work it out.

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