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Preparing a Toddler for a New Baby

Preparing a Toddler For a New BabyIn case you missed my announcement, our family is expecting Baby #2 in early June and we are super excited!

The only thing that makes me nervous is how our toddler will react.

On one hand she LOVES babies. Every time we see a baby she gets super excited and fawns over them saying, “Babeeeeeee!!!” She loves playing with her dolls and is super nurturing and sweet with them.

On the other hand, she is very doted on as the current only child and only grandchild. For the past (nearly) two years Fern has been on the receiving end of all of our love and undivided attention. She is also the first grandchild for both my parents and my husband’s parents who live near us, so it’s pretty safe to say that she is well-loved.

Everyone ooohs and ahhhs over her every move and happily caters to her whims. Not in an unhealthy way, but everyone is just so smitten with her since she’s the only “baby” in our family. Also, I lately she has been all about being with mama ALL THE TIME. She wants me to hold her all the time and carry her and no one else will do. This makes me nervous for how she will handle sharing the spotlight with another little one.

At only 13 weeks pregnant, I feel like I’ve been on a whirlwind ride and haven’t really read up much on pregnancy or parenting a second child, but I would love any tips that you lovely readers and parents have for me.

Was there anything you did to help prepare your little one for an upcoming sibling or any books that helped? Any and all suggestions are much appreciated!

I have to say I’m a little nervous about being a mama to two little ones, so I’m hoping to get myself a little bit more prepared between now and then!

 

Lauren Hartmann is the founder of The Little Things We Do, a blog about life and adventures in Portland Oregon. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram or catch up on all of her posts here on Babble.

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