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Mom's Talk: Preparing Ava for the New Baby

I just started my third trimester, but already I'm freaking out about it!

Kristi's question: How do I prepare my toddler for the arrival of our new baby?

November seems far away. It's the middle of summer and temperatures have been climbing near 100 degrees. The last thing I'm thinking about is turkey and stuffing.

But before we know it, our late autumn due date will be here and our Baby Boy will be born into our lives and ready to come home.

My concern lies with my toddler. We've all seen the TV shows and movies that portray "the new baby" and how older siblings respond to them, but I want to know how it really works. 

How will Ava react to the new baby? Are there things I should do ahead of time to ease her into the change of no longer being an only child? How can I make it less of a shock to her?

She's only 2, which makes it impossible for me to believe that she has an understanding of the magnitude of the situation.

Any advice? Tell Kristi in the comments. 

Traci Curtis August 03, 2011 at 10:21 PM
I think I mentioned to you, no matter what I did to prep Alex, he was a little monster for the first few weeks. I think they just need time to adjust. They can see your bare belly over and over and not realize that it is a real live baby in there until it comes. The fact that you are concerned probably means that you are doing everything in your power to prepare her. If she gets a little possessive and crazy at first, just remember, this too shall pass.
Kristi Gilbert August 04, 2011 at 01:14 AM
Thank you Traci!

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