Adjusting Smoothly to a Second Baby


Preparing Your Oldest for Change
"I had my oldest take a sibling class at the hospital. It gave her a tour of the maternity ward so she saw the rooms where the mommies go after they have the baby, and the nursery where the babies sleep. We also had a shirt made for my oldest that said 'I am the big sister.' Then we wrapped it and put it in the bassinet, so when she came to see us in the hospital, there was a gift from her baby brother."

A Well-Timed Present
"When I was pregnant with my second child, my daughter and I went out shopping for a present for her to give her new little sister. I let her buy it and wrap it. When my husband brought her to the hospital she carried her gift so proudly. It was too cute."

Try Not To Stress
"My daughter was exactly two and a half when I had my second child. My best piece of advice is to relax. I worried about everything. The baby is now five months old and we are all surviving. The first few weeks were a little rough but everything seems to work out. The great thing about baby # 2 is they seem to be more laid back. I promise all of these things you are fretting about will work themselves out."

Easing the Crib Transition
"Our son turned two four days after our daughter was born. I would highly suggest borrowing another crib for your newborn, if you first child wants to stay in the crib. It will give you added rest in the morning and at night with a newborn, plus it makes naps last just a bit longer. Just be sure to move your older child in plenty of time before the new baby arrives and make a big deal out of his new room. I had my son show it to everybody who came to visit, so he had a sense of ownership long before the new baby arrived."


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