Jump to content
Older siblings and labour
3 replies to this topic
Posted 10 January 2013 - 11:19 AM
I am pregnant with DD4. There is a bit of an age difference with my other children. They are 8, 11 and will be 13 years old.
We are involving them in the pregnancy/baby as much they possible or suitable.
At the moment, I have said it's up to them if they want to be there when I'm in labour. The younger two have pretty much said no thanks which I understand but the 13 yr old is considering it. While I've said it's up to them, I'm undecided if I should let them at all.
I'm wanting to hear from anyone whose children has been with them and how it went. How did you prepare them? Were they there the whole time?
Posted 10 January 2013 - 11:40 AM
At my dd's birth in June, I had my two children present (4yo and just turned 6yo) as well as my nephew (3yo). Also present was my mum, dh and my sister, so essentially one adult to each child. They sat wide eyed on chairs off to the side and were really well behaved. From the time we arrived at hospital until I gave birth was only an hour so it wasn't a long drawn out process and we had prepared them pretty well for it. The only thing that we forgot was babies colour. My 6yo was worried when her sister was purple at birth. We had watched plenty of birth videos, so they knew that I may make noise. They also knew if they misbehaved they would be taken out with nana and they would miss it.
We had been at the hospital all the previous day too, and they played on ipod touches all day and were great then too.
Reply to this topic
0 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users
The horrific terrorist attack in Manchester, killing 22 people and injuring many others, including children, has impacted people throughout the world.
Now you can have your baby or toddler's name printed on their Bonds Zippys.
A mum has taken to Facebook to warn parents of the dangers of a popular baby monitor after her daughter sustained a burn to her foot.
Children under the age of one should not be given fruit juice, according to new advice issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
One of the weirdest things about your little kids getting older, I find, is when they start to be able to hold full conversations with you.
Aspirin and early detection are helping to save the lives of Australian women and babies at risk of dying from the pregnancy complication pre-eclampsia.
Some mums are left physically and emotionally depleted, with nothing left to give, long after giving birth.
A technique that effectively "unblocks" a woman's fallopian tubes by flushing them with liquid to help her conceive has been used for decades, with varying levels of success. Now a study has confirmed that the method significantly improves fertility, and that a certain type of fluid – one that is oil-based rather than water-based – shows strong results.
Chances are you've heard of body pump, but have you heard of belly pump?
It's a common problem faced by mums returning to work after an extended period of maternity leave. How do I account for the gap that years at home caring for babies has left in my resume?
Make sure you aren't eating while reading this post.
Top 5 Articles
From our network
Money might be funny in a rich man's world (or so ABBA told us), but for the rest of us it's a major consideration – particularly before having a baby.
Maternity leave is a special time for you, your partner and your new little bundle. The last thing you want is for financial worries to stand in the way of that joy.
Becoming a parent is full of surprises – not least of all finding out that, for such small beings, babies cause a lot of chaos and expense.
Here are some ideas for getting that budget in shape, ready for being a one income family.
See what names are trending this year.