My good friend, Sarah, just announced she is expecting baby number 2. In celebration of that and anticipation of all the changes it means for her little family I am posting the info I found below from the book, The Must-Have Mom Manual - Two Mothers, Two Perspectives, One Book That Tells You Everything You Need to Know by Sara Ellington and Stephanie Triplett. Enjoy!
-give your current child a gift from baby number 2
-when guests come in to the hospital or at home, try to include your first kid in your conversation "he was such a big helper with the new baby," etc.
"make a big deal about the importance of your child's new role in the family." -page 400
-talk about the benefits of not being a baby anymore and how being a big kid is cooler - not eating yucky baby food, riding a bike, etc.
-if your big kid needs to be babied, then do it, it's OK, don't expect too much from your first.
-don't make them share every toy in the beginning, the older one needs his space at first.
-give your oldest special chores to help with the baby.
For those moms who have survived the new baby number two arriving, what tips do you have for moms like Sarah who are entering this stage of parenting?