I've started thinking about ways to prepare Ethan for his baby brother. We talk a lot about the baby inside my tummy and Ethan says that he has a baby inside his belly too...he'll even lift his shirt to show you. He also loves giving kisses to my tummy and will pretend for a second to be interested in feeling the baby move.
At his age, he's all about mimicking and copying every little thing we do and say. I feel like once the baby gets here, Ethan will want to copy everything I do with baby, from changing diapers, to swaddling and probably nursing too. If Ethan were a girl, I wouldn't think twice about getting him a baby doll to love on and carry around. Did you ever read, Baby Dear? It's all about how a little girl copies everything her mom does with her baby doll. I used to love this book!
And that brings me to this post. I am pretty sure that I want to get him a baby doll and would love to hear from other mamas that have prepared their two year old son for a baby. Any tips or tricks? I think it would help Ethan feel involved and part of the process to have his "own" baby. And if I introduce him to the doll soon, I'm hoping that will help him feel special and excited about babies in general.
It's actually pretty surprising how few baby boy dolls are available on the market...but here is a quick round up. I'm also including some books that I think will help Ethan start to grasp the concept.
Did you do anything special to help prepare your child for a sibling? I'd love any advice you have!