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How should I prepare my toddler for the new baby?

Our second baby is due pretty soon, and I’m really worried about how our son is going to react. Are there any ways to prepare him for his new baby sister or brother?

Re: Our second baby is due pretty soon, and I’m really worried about how our son is going to react. Are there any ways to prepare him for his new baby sister or brother?

The Bump Expert

Introducing a new baby to an older child is always tricky; no matter what you do to prepare him, he’ll never be completely ready to share his parents’ attention with a new sibling. Don’t expect the transition to go completely smoothly -- bouts of crankiness are inevitable.

What you can do, though, is read him fun books about bringing home a new sibling, like The Berenstain Bears’ New Baby by Stan and Jan Berenstain or Babies Don’t Eat Pizza by Dianne Danzig. Spend time around any babies in your family so he learns how to touch them gently. And, if he’ll be moving out of his crib or into a new room, make the change at least four to six weeks before you’re due so he has time to adjust.

When the baby arrives and people bring gifts, make sure your son gets a few new toys of his own. Encourage him to help so he feels grown up, pointing out all the things along the way that “big boys” can do and babies can’t do. And, when you’re busy nursing the baby, enlist dad to lavish him with extra TLC.

The Bump Editors

How should I prepare my toddler for the new baby?

I never felt the need to for any of our children.Mom gets fat, says new baby is on the way, everyone gets excited, helps with nursery etc. that's it. Just like parents have enough love to go around, children adapt to having more people around to compete for attention. I wouldn't make a big deal about it at all.

MNnKS |

How should I prepare my toddler for the new baby?

My son was only 19 months old when baby sister came along. He don't understand when we told him he would be getting a new baby, so we stopped trying. However when she came home from the hospital we explained to him that this was his baby, and he just loves to give kisses and pats on the back. There will come a day when they will be at each others throats but for now, they adore each other. The pediatrician said that because he is still so young he will eventually forget what life was like before she ame along. Mthe biggest thing is to make sure your first child knows how much you love them, and when you can, you will give them all the love and attention they need.

LisaRae82 |

How should I prepare my toddler for the new baby?

We are going to follow the crbi advice above...we need my sons crib for the new baby so we plan to switch him to a twin bed when he is 2 and put the crib away for a few months until I am almost due. Then we will bring the crib back out - hopefully he will have adjusted to his "big boy" bed because he loves playing in his crib!

FirstTimeMommy2010 |

How should I prepare my toddler for the new baby?

We told our 3 yr old that she was getting a big girl bed and the other one was a baby bed. She loves being a big girl. She only asked once where her other bed was and I told her that it was a present from her to the baby. Because she was a big girl now and the baby would need a bed. She loves giving presents.

danawest |