Sibling Preparation- Helping to welcome your new bundle of joy!!

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Okay-so you’ve done this before- you’ve gone through an entire pregnancy and actually given birth to a baby–and the first time around it was pretty uneventful…

Sibling preparation Helping to welcome your new bundle of joy

With my daughter- I didn’t appreciate my blissful big belly days– I stopped working at about my fourth month ( I was VERY fortunate, I can’t even imagine what it must be like to have to go to work everyday and fit into clothing other than those ginormous sweat pants and jersey shirts that I lounged in everyday for nine months straight–the last thing on my mind was looking sexy or even slightly presentable, although now they have such funky affordable preggers clothing, if I got pregnant now I’d go on a little shopping spree- my first stop of course would be Target and then Belly Button Maternity on New Dorp Lane!) But back to what I was initially saying, with my daughter all I did was worry about what my next meal was going to be, really, I’m being totally serious.

But when I got pregnant with my son, I had a three year old as well, and it was certainly a lot different. I think one of the toughest parts of my pregnancy- aside from those crazy and excruciating leg cramps in the middle of the night and having to sleep on my side- was helping acclimate my daughter to the fact that she was going to sort of lose her “top” spot with the arrival of her baby brother (I found out what the sex was as soon as I could and of course blabbed it to her- I am horrible at keeping secrets).
For some more great resources to help you and your kiddo with baby Number two’s arrival keep reading…

Sissyandmarley.com is a  baby consulting firm designed to help frantic moms-to-be sort through the hazy maze of baby planning. Moms in NYC, Westchester and Greenwich can get help with everything from choosing the right gear and setting up the perfect nursery to finding the ideal birthing class, lactation consultant or daycare provider – or writing and sending out thank-you notes (if you truly need that much help).

Moms in NYC can get help with everything from choosing the right gear and setting up the perfect nursery to finding the ideal birthing class, lactation consultant or daycare provider – or writing and sending out thank-you notes (for those precious but sleep-deprived early days). The personal consultant will even go shopping with you and help set up a practical baby registry, preventing hormonally based mistakes (27 pairs of tiny booties may be just a few too many). For centuries women have helped each other through early motherhood. You may rely on take-out menus and a consulting staff, but it still takes a village. For more information, visit Sissyandmarley.com .

And don’t forget to check out www.thebump.com Which has over 100,000 real reviews from real moms on the best baby shops, activities and products! And where you’ll get the inside scoop on what other parents have to say, and where you can share your opinion

Here are a few Gadgets to help Big Brothers and Sisters welcome their new baby sibling into the family!

Inflatable Bath Cradle with White Hot® technology.  The suction cup allows busy parents to hang dry the product after bathing the little munchkin safely and comfortably in the padded cradle that can be used in the bathtub or in a sink.  The patented White Hot® disc on the bottom of the duck alerts parents when the water is too hot for baby’s delicate skin – the blue disc turn white and reads “Hot” when water is too hot for baby.

How this helps older bro/sis: Big sibling can learn that babies need to be cared for and cleaned just like them.  They can help mom by blowing up the inflatable cradle and assist in bathing baby too!

Why kids go gaga: Big kids will like the fun pink and blue varieties and will be amazed by the White Hot technology – how’d that cradle get to be so smart???  Baby will be comfortable and loving life, in the padded and SAFE cradle

Available in Target stores and amazon.com  SRP – $11.99

White Hot® Super Safety Bath Ducky.  Determining the safe water temperature for a child’s bath can be frightening for parents, but with Munchkin’s Safety Bath Ducky bath time will be worry free. These collectable duck characters have the special White Hot® disc at the bottom that alerts parents when the water is too hot to handle, then lets them know when it’s just right to bathe. Babies love the huggable size, and since it’s watertight, it won’t sink or mildew.

How this helps older bro/sis: Big sibling will realize a new addition isn’t an alien to the family and that they probably are interested in toys like baby too, because with this ducky kids of all ages will enjoy!!  Now big bro/sis can have fun playing with baby’s toys and know they’re not that different from the new kid on the block!

Why kids go gaga: Again, kids old and young will love playing with these duckies!

Available at amazon.com  SRP – $2.49

Dangly Buddy – When traveling, simply hook this friendly-faced buddy on the carrier bar of the car seat and sit back as your child giggles for hours watching the neck retract and vibrate as the arms see-saw back and forth and the body vibrates.  With these buddies (available in a giraffe and frog characters), children can learn cause and effect while on the go with mom.  Great for children of all ages.

How this helps older bro/sis: Big sibling will see that babies enjoy fun, squishy toys too and will find enjoyment in their new sibling’s curiosity and will love giggling along with baby!

Why kids go gaga: Baby will be transfixed by bright colors and bright body.  Who doesn’t love giraffe and frog stuffed animals?!
Available at Munchkin’s Online Store  SRP – $7.99

Ultimately navigating that often bumpy road of getting your kid used to the fact that they will now have a little sib in the house and that the changes this new little person will bring will be both positive and yes, a bit negative-is just one of the MANY adventures us parents get to take!  Let me know how it goes!

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