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After our baby is born, my almost 6-year old daughter will be staying home from school for a week or two on the "babymoon." Any great ideas for things to do, inclusion techniques, etc? I've bought quite a few activity books (I heart value village), coloring books, and a stuffed unicorn as a present from baby to her. Any other ideas? Something to do? Make? I'm afraid simultaneously of her being bored OR left out OR running through the house with scissors, glue, solvents, and a very creative mind. I would also not like the toy store to be our crutch for solving any jealousy/boredom/mixed feelings issues. She's a sensitive kid, and happily anticipating a sibling for the most part - with some understandable insecurities about what's next, but ideas to have in advance would be very helpful?
 

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I think a week at home is a long time for a six year old, especially if she really enjoys school. I think you have some great ideas to keep her busy but why don't you decide later how long she will stay home? Maybe if the baby is born on a Wednesday you could keep her home for the rest of the week but she and you could be ready for her to go back on Monday. I think it is lovely that you plan on including her in the babymoon but some kids really thrive on the routine of school. Just something to think about.<br>
In addition to what you have already listed I saw some really nice wooden memory cards and lace up cards in the natural toy catalog I got the other day. Children's Cottage or something like that. And some silk butterfly wings for the new big sister would be lovely <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
Good luck!<br>
Keri
 

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I agree I don't think my boys would be very excited to be at home with a newborn and a tired mom for a week or two. I wouldn't want to go to the park or anywhere else much (and when I did it wouldn't be for long times on their schedules it would be expecting thier best behavior) or make things and play with them and we would probably end up with <b>a lot</b> of t.v. watching. Especially if it was too cold to send them outside lots, it could be no fun.<br><br>
Maybe it could be something you could do a month or two later and plan some fun trips.<br><br>
Maybe someone she really enjoys (grandma, aunt, or friend) could come stay for her break or she could stay there. My baby is due in March. My boys favorite person in the whole world is my cousin Noah (he is 11) and his spring break is right after my due date. A couple of weekends ago they stayed there for 3 nights and when I showed up, after the longest time I have ever left them, they cried becasue they weren't ready to go home. I was relieved, because I was worried I might have to keep them around for a few weeks (and they'd miss spring break) after the baby was born so they don't feel like I am kicking them out, but I think that they will think a week at Noah's is the best thing no matter what mom and that new baby are doing.
 

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As a homeschooling family, my dds (7 and 4 when #3 comes in Jan.) will be home with post-partum me and new baby. I expect they will enjoy lots of read aloud time (as is our usual m.o. anyway), help with and admire the baby, enjoy strolls (deep south - not too cold here any time of year!), etc.<br><br>
I am thinking of getting each of us (dds and I) a nursing necklace as a "new baby" gift.
 
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