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how do I prepare my 16 month old? ShockersShufflers 19 kids; Iowa 1501 posts
20th Apr '13

He will be 17 months by the time the baby is born..
I have about four weeks until my due date.
How can I prepare my son on the arrival of a new baby?.
He touches me belly and says baby, but is there any way I can prepare him better?
How did you prepare your LO's?

user banned Due October 22; 17 kids; Dildo, 4998 posts
20th Apr '13

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KeriM Due September 28; 4 kids; 1 angel baby; Ontario 1129 posts
20th Apr '13

My oldest was a few months older than that when his baby sister was born, but I didn't really "prepare" him. We talked about the baby in my belly and got him a baby, taught him how to be gentle, and put the baby to bed and to be quieter, you know, behave around a baby and treat babies.



It seems to have worked, he's nearly 6, and was awesome when his baby sister was born, amazing when his baby brother was born 2 yrs after that, and has been excellent with his new baby cousin as well. He's gentle, he's more calm and quiet around babies.

Captain Obvious 2 kids; Havana, Cuba 25634 posts
20th Apr '13

Mine are 19m apart, when they're that young there's really no preparing them. They can't really understand until the baby is here.

A is Me 1 child; South Carolina 3782 posts
20th Apr '13

No experience here but I've heard that giving them a baby doll can help spark their interest in the idea of babies (as if a 17 month old isn't already a baby :)) I would think the baby doll would also be a good teaching tool for being gentle, diaper changes and all that good stuff.

user banned Due October 22; 17 kids; Dildo, 4998 posts
20th Apr '13

Noah's been great with babies his whole two years of life so I'm not worried much but I'm interested in anything I can do to prepare him more.



OP, he has lots of baby dolls and he "nurses" them and gives them bottles and tells them "mommy milk, its okay" and he rocks and sings to them. He puts them in his bed on his pillow and snuggles them with blankets and reads to them. We bought him dolls when he was six months old and we've just taught him to be kind and gentle and to treat them nicely and be easy on them.



I'm worried about him feeling left out or not loved as much as he was, even though we won't love him any less. We don't give his baby dolls the amount of attention a real newborn needs KWIM? That's the part that gets me :(

Munchkin Maker 2 kids; Maryland 733 posts
20th Apr '13

DD is 15 months now, and will be 17 months when LO is here. We've tried the baby doll thing, she's fine with it as long as I'm not touching the baby doll lol. Which isn't going to work obviously. But that's been our method of preparing her. She also points to my belly and says "What's that?" and EVERY TIME I tell her "That's your little sister"...I think she's still too little to get the full extent of understanding that there is a baby in there, and that the baby will be coming out fairly soon lol.

Sugarhiccup LLC 5 kids; Lahaina, Hawaii 2825 posts
20th Apr '13

At his age it's kind of tough to prepare him because he's so young. It's easier once the baby actually arrives. Just keep him involved when baby arrives.

mom2andrew&carter 18 kids; Leesburg, Florida 2159 posts
20th Apr '13

my son was 18 months old when i had his baby brother. Theres no way to really prepare them. My suggestion would be to make sure he comes to visit you in the hospital and meets his new sibling. I bought a gift for my first son from the baby and he seemed to like that. once the baby is here and just get him involved with as much as possible. Its been a struggle day after day having 2 very close together but its great watching their bond grow. If you need anyone to talk to about this or have any question just message me my son was only a month older than your son will be when i had my second and now they are 2 and 7 months old.