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I have a 5 year old son, my husband has an 18 year old son and I am now 15 weeks pregnant with our first child together. My son has gotten used to an older brother but I am not sure how he will be when the baby gets here. he seems really excited about it right now any advice on how to deal with it if he does start to get jealous?
At 5 years old, he may experience some feelings of jealousy especially in the beginning when the new baby arrives. Most of his family will be oohing and ahhing over the new baby so it may be upsetting at first to him. Just keep reminding him how much you love him and how important being a big brother is. Try to hype it up and let him participate in the baby's care as much as he wants. If he seems reluctant to, don't push him. Also, try to schedule some one on one time with him when the baby is a few weeks old. Take him to a movie or to a sports game...anything to show him that he is still your #1 guy.
I totally agree with you.!...my daughter was five when her little sister was born and she was so exited and enthused!...she was a great help. i kept her as involved as I could..Just helping grab a diaper or a blanket is a huge deal for my daughter..she loves being a part of "taking care of her sissy" as she would say!.
As always, there are some great posts from caring parents here. Our kids were a little younger than five, but we just understood that we needed to be a good parent to all of our kids and not let them feel neglected emotionally. With our family, we had so much demand for people to have baby time that we were able to schedule activities that allowed us to have alone time with our older kids even if just for an hour or so... I feel like it made a difference. Good luck!
Sorry it has taken me a few to get back to all the wonderfull, helpful things you all have given to help get my 5 year old thru this. It has been a busy week wrking 6 days a week and a couple of doubles, and trying to get my 5 year old ready for school which starts next week. Thanks to everyone for all the helpful advice. I have an ultrasound scheduled in about 2 weeks and he is looking forward to going to see if he will have a brother or sister. will let you know how it goes.
Wow - you sound pretty busy! Try to to remember to put yourself on the schedule if you can. ;-) We want to hear when you find out girl or boy for sure. Glad to hear your little guy is excited about the baby. Does he want a brother or sister?
I dont know if pretty busy is the word for it. I do however get two days off this week and to me that is very exciting. My 5 year old most days says he wants a sister, the 18 year old says it needs to be a boy. As for me between my husband, our 5 year old son, and the 18 year old son I think I could use another girl in the house but as long as it is healthy it really does not matter.
Well my 5 year old has started school and is loving it and yesterday we found out we are having a BOY!