Olivia, NSW, 16mth terror!
Firstly a big congratulations and wecome to the world of 2 under 2!!
What i did was bought her a new video, (wiggles) for the times i was feeding, or settling! This helped in the first few weeks, when everything was still new to me, and i was very tired! I made a huge effort to play with her, whenever the baby was asleep! I found this easy, as i could finally play and muck around with her comfortably (not being prego anymore). Also my hubby took on a special role of making her feel special when i was feeding! I did the baby doll thing, but it was only a 5min toy, she wasn't really interested! But every child is different!
Another idea i heard here somewhere, was to take some small treats into hospital for that first visit! A toddlers attention span is small, so this could help in entertaining him, and also help for him not to feel left out!
Just a few ideas, i hope they might help!
Best of luck over the next few months,
DD5, DS3, DS lost to SIDS at 6mths & DD6m
I'm the proud Mum of 2 gorgeous girls 22 months and 6 weeks. We did the "baby has a present for you" and it worked perfectly. The best advice I got was to get visitors to make a fuss of Mia (big sister) before coming and fussing over the baby, the baby was still there and Mia felt very important. I also asked Mia to show off her new sister to everyone that came to visit and that was her favourite thing. Feeding a newborn with a toddler running around is lots of fun, I now make sure my house is completely Mia-Proof before I start feeding that way Mia can play where she wants and I don't stress. All these things have worked for us so far!
Lee NSW 2under2
mum of 3 boys aged 11, 13 and 14
Nae, Qld, SAHM with DD 7yrs, DS 5yrs & DD 22mths