How Did You Prepare Your Toddler for a New Sibling?

With the due date of our second child quickly approaching, the list of preparations we still need to address is looming large: painting the nursery, cooking and freezing meals, choosing a name--you know, the basics. For most of the things on the list we have a plan, or at least an idea of what we need to do. After all, this is not our first rodeo. But there is one area where we are completely in the dark--how to introduce the new baby to our twenty-month old daughter.

We have started to ask friends and acquaintances and have gotten some pretty good guidance. But oftentimes their children were a bit older and were able to understand the concept and verbalize a response, something our daughter will not really be able to do.

I am open to any and all advice, but what would be especially helpful is hearing from readers who faced a similar situation to ours. How did you prepare your young toddler for the newest member of the family?

(Image: Richard Popovic)

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