When I was pregnant with our second son I was concerned that I wouldn't have a chance to make that same connection with the new baby because I would have my attention divided. I had visions of my older son getting jealous that I was spending so much time with the new baby. And how was I possibly going to keep my boob on one and my eye on the other? Enter The Nursing Box.
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I would suggest setting up a blanket on the floor by where you'll be nursing and establishing the following Nursing Box rules:
1. Have your child stay on the blanket (or designated area of your choosing) while the Nursing Box is out.
2. Only let your child play in the Nursing Box while Mommy is nursing (or bottling baby if you chose not to nurse). As soon as you're done, the box, and all the items inside, goes away until next time. There may be a few tears the first few times items are put away, but they will figure it out eventually. My older son actually looked forward to "nursing time. "
My friends put one together for me for my baby shower...what a neat gift to give a mommy having a subsequent pregnancy!
Budget Savvy Mommies--A great place to go to fill your box is the dollar store. Or, hit up some garage sales pre-baby (because let's be honest, once you have your first, you no longer care about having all things new...used is just fine). Black Friday is another great day to score some deals on movies, games and toys!
Readers--How do you entertain older children while nursing/feeding a new baby?