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23 Aug 2007

Bringing home new baby sister
Good day, we have a 3 and half year old son and is expecting our baby daughter in 3 weeks. We have involved our son from the begining of the pregnancy, explaining the baby growing in my stomach, taking him with to the scans, decorating baby room (had his room redecorated aswell) show him all the baby clothing/toys and let him handle it. He is just as excited as we are that little sister is about due. How do we involve him when sister come home. Friends in the same situation gave the todlers a baby doll and let them taking care of the doll the same way the baby is being taken care of. But those todlers where little girls. My husband will not be to happy with his son playing with dolls! Please give me some guidelines. Thanks you very much.
Annette
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childhood diseases
paediatrician

01 Jan 0001

I agree that lettting him play with dolls is a step too far. You have handled the situation well up to now. All you need to do is to involve him in some minor tasks of caring for the new baby when she arraives home. Make sure you keep on pointing out that he is the big brother now. Let his Dad keep him busy as well to give you the time you need to spend with the new baby.
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