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How did your first baby react when you brought the second one home?

My daughter will be 20 months old when my second baby's born. I wonder how she will react to the baby, and to me after we come from the hospital? Any advice? Cheri: "If you have raised her up until now to think she's the center of the world..." We haven't raised her that way per se, but she has been the center of attention at home. How could she not?

Asked By: yogi - 1/15/2008
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I handled my children the way my mom handled me: she took me aside (I was five. My own children are 2-3 years apart.) and told me that she was having a baby, and that the new baby would be mine, too. She added that I should take care of my baby and watch out for him or her... More
Answered By: 1985 & going strong - 1/15/2008
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i was about 3 years old when my parents brought my sister home...judging from the home videos we have, I was happy and all but I got really jealous when other people kept paying more attention to her than me.
Answered By: sCrGrL - 1/15/2008
 
My daughter was 15 months old when we brought our son home. Before he came home when we would hold another baby she would be very jealous and throw a fit. It was alot different when he came home. She was curious and didn't get too jealous when we were holding him. She had her moments but she will grow to love her... More
Answered By: Jeff C - 1/15/2008
 
my daughter was fine when i brought my lad home she just wanted to keep touching his face
Answered By: stephanie c - 1/15/2008
 
My daughter was 3 when I brought my son home, I thought maybe she would regress back to being a baby or be jealous of him. Thankfully that did not happen, I bought her a baby with wipes diaper bag swing etc. so while I was tending to my baby she was tending to hers so she didnt feel left out or jealous because she was... More
Answered By: Hillary S - 1/15/2008
 
OK first no one call me crazy...When my son was born my daughter was 11 months old. For the first few days she was mad at me and wanted nothing to do with me or her brother. After she got used to it and realized that he wasn't going anywhere she loved it. He was like a little toy to her once he got older. Then when I... More
Answered By: Antonia Testarossa - 1/15/2008
 
My daughter was 2 when I had my second. She tried acting like a baby for about a week. She'd want to wear diapers and drink from a bottle. I broke her of that very quickly by handing her a bottle full of formula to let her drink. The taste was so awfull to her, she stopped trying to act like a baby immdediatly.
Answered By: tamklue23 - 1/15/2008
 
My children always loved to have a new addition to the family. It was like they were getting a new gift. They were so excited and helpful!! There was never any jealousy or anything like that. During my pregnancies we always talked about the coming baby and how fun it was going to be to play with him/her and how fun it... More
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Answered By: CHERI S - 1/15/2008
 
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Answered By: Sarita'sMommy - 1/15/2008
 
My second son was 26 months when I had my third son. I said, "Do you like your new baby brother?" He said, "No, not yet. Maybe Saturday."
Answered By: Helen T - 1/15/2008
 
I will always smile at this memory. My oldest son was only 11.5 months when his brother came home from the hospital. When he seen his dad holding him the first time, he shrieked. It was funny and cute, and he found out that new baby wasn't going anywhere. He was also used to other babies because he has cousins, but he... More
Answered By: Me - 1/15/2008
 
My daughter was 2 when i had my 2nd child and she coped well.You just have to not push her away you must involve her with everything you do with the new baby if she comes up to the hospital involve her there too.I think that is the secret as i didn't have any problems doing it that way
Answered By: tracey - 1/15/2008
 
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