Although I usually feel like a pretty informed and aware mama, being pregnant with my second baby makes me feel like I am entering a world of unknown. This means I’m reading up on how to prepare for having a second child as much as possible. Here are a few resources that have been helpful to me over the last week or so. I’ll continue to share more resources as I find them!
1. Second Child on the Way? Are You Ready?:
This guest post by Annie of PhD in Parenting on Code Name: Mama addresses the issues of the birth and arrival of the new baby, where everyone will sleep, tandem nursing, and dividing your attention.
2. Time for Two:
This post by Kimberly of The Girl is a Mom is the real deal. She tells us exactly how life is with a young toddler and a new baby, and she doesn’t sugarcoat it. I really appreciated this post!
3. Preparing an older sibling for a new birth:
This is a guest post on PhD in Parenting by Lauren of Hobo Mama. Lauren discusses different ways to prepare your older child for the arrival of the new sibling and provides links to books and videos that can help with this. This got me thinking about appropriate books to prepare Baby for our new arrival. Baby is 17 months old now, and he will not even be two when his little sibling arrives, so many of the more preschool oriented books out there for older siblings are not appropriate for him.
After doing some research, I ordered four board books, all by the same author, as a Christmas present for Baby. This is one of them: Waiting for Baby by Rachel Fuller
I chose these four books because they seem appropriate for a young toddler, and they do not contain words, so you can really tell your own story with the images. I also like that there are images of breastfeeding and multiracial families. I’ll let you know how Baby likes them after Christmas!
Please share any resources you have for preparing for a second child!
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