Hey ladies, my son will be turning two years old only 14 days after the expected due date of our second baby. I'm a little nervous and anxious about how he'll handle it all. I want to do my best to help the change be as positive as possible for my toddler. Any advice on how I can do that? Any thoughts on what to expect and how to deal with issues I wont be prepared for ? Thanks!
Find time for him would be my best advice. My kids were 15 months apart so my son wasn't use to having attention put on someone else. I made sure to spend at least a hour or 2 with him a day, without my DD. Just playing or watching a movie, also if you can get your toddler involved with the baby. My son would help me wash my DD, he would put the soap on the towel or fill the water cup. He also liked to throw away diapers and then wash his hands lol. You'll find your balance in no time, just go with your gut and you'll be fine.
My daugher was born 2wks before my son's 1st bday, so he's still so young that I can't really expalin anything to him. He does get really jealous though, so I have to show him other ways that he's still just as special to me. We also let him "hold" the baby, which he loves to do and that has helped A LOT! We taught him to give her kisses and hugs, and I think it helps him take on the big bro role and feel proud. I also take as much time as possible to get in the floor and play w/him one on one. Letting him cuddle with us while I nurse her has helped a lot too.