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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-25-2008, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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Advice about older child?

Our first is 2.5 years old. She doesn't really seem to get that there are babies in my belly, or even that the growth means anything beyond that I am now a much more suitable pillow.

Do you have any recommendations to help a toddler adjust to a sudden influx of siblings when talking to her about it seems to yield no comprehension?
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I had some books, but my oldest was 2 years 5 months when her sisters were born. She didn't understand too much either.

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My twins were a little over 2 when their sister was born. They didn't get it until she was here in the house. Just keep talking about it, get her around little babies if you can, and enjoy your time with her before the babies are born!!
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My DS was 2 and a half when DDs were born and there really is no way to prepare a child that young for that. He would sometimes come to my appts and see the ultrasounds and we rented a doppler for at home heartbeat listening and he loved that.. but as for knowing that an actual pair of people was coming out.. Yeah he had no idea what was going on.
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Thanks for sharing. Well yesterday I finally got her to say there was a baby in my belly. Then when I explained there were actually two babies, she insisted on three. I hope she was practicing counting and not noticing a baby all these freaking appointments have missed!

And she now really likes to watch the Dora episode where Dora becomes a big sister. So I'm hoping that she'll adjust realtively well. I just wish I felt more confident about it!
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My daughter is 5, so she gets it more. She has brought home a book to read about babies every day from school. She is so excited about the babies! I hope she stays that way when they are actually here. I'm worried that she'll be jealous because she's been the baby for so long.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-05-2008, 05:24 AM Thread Starter
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I fully expect that Johanna won't be nearly so keen on babies once they get here and cry and get attention that she believes is hers by right. But I'll have to fight that battle when it gets here. Click here to enlarge
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