We have a small baby boom going on at Graco. As you can see just from our blog contributors – 3 out of 9 of us are expecting (that we know of?!) and one has a 7 week old. And they are all 2nd babies. We have had some great discussions on the differences between pregnancy #1 and pregnancy #2 and the superstitions that come with the later.
The challenge my husband & I are facing as we anxiously prepare for our 2nd baby is HOW do we most effectively manage this major life changing moment for the Big Sister, Bear?
It’s amazing the littlest things are becoming colossal decisions in our house. And I’m not sure if it’s the raging hormones that make my thinking irrational and overly complex, or if all mothers experience these same twisted emotions and concerns.
Here are some of the basic decisions that are seemingly impossible for me to make these days?
• Should Bear keep her current room and the new baby go into another room? I know it sounds basic, but I’m worried about Bear’s Bed (the crib) being the new baby’s bed. I can imagine the jealousy and misunderstanding she will have when the new baby is sleeping in her bed…so when is the right time to transition to the big girl bed?
• How do you do the introduction of the new baby? In the hospital or when you return home? You want it to be special and a moment to remember…or am I over-thinking this one.
• I’ve heard about parents getting a gift for the older sibling when the new baby comes home? Is this true?
• Are there any great Children’s Books to read to help prepare the Big Sister for this life changing moment?
How about a party when the baby arrives (not that I’ll be in the mood to have a house-full of guests)…but it would be fun for Bear to Host a “Come & Meet My Little Sister/Brother” party?
Again, I’m sure it’s the hormones blocking the ability to apply logic & reason to these basic decisions – but it would be great to hear what is working for others who have been here before. Let me know!