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[QUOTE=Betty Bee;4391155]I have a 2 year old son and would appreciate any advice on him adjusting when his brother or sister arrives in December. I want him to be as comfortable as possible. I've started talking about how he will be a big brother soon. He points to my belly and says "baby in there" but I'm not sure if he really understands. They will share a room as well.

Also looking for any tips on making mommy's life easier being home with a toddler and newborn and nursing.[/QUOTE]

Congratulations on your new baby! I can definitely relate to what you are going through. Our first child is 4 years older than our next child, so she had plenty of time to be spoiled and become #1 princess. Your son is going to act out after the new baby arrives, he will probably be jealous of the attention the new baby is getting. I don't really think there is much you can say to him, his brain just isn't developed enough to understand what is going on.

As far as sharing a room, just remember that the baby isn't going to sleep through the night for a few months at least, and the crying is going to wake up your son as well. If the new baby keeps waking up your son and he doesn't get a good night's sleep, then you are in for a really cranky 2 year old. We also plan on having our two boys share a room (a 2 year old and a 3 month old), but we are waiting now until the 3 month old can sleep the entire night before putting them together. Just a thought.

Our 2 year old is so cute with the baby, he tries to give him his bottle or pat his head, but he doesn't realize how rough he is being. He has almost flung the baby out of the rocker before. :)

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