I had my son at home, and due early Jan. Planning on having him present for the birth but I'm starting to worry. I gave birth in the night, which would be fine but my son does not sleep the night, and is up several times to either nurse/cosleep. I do hope I go into labor during the day this time...
I had a homebirth with my dd, with my eldest present aged 5. I have always laboured during the day and this time was no exception either and she was born at 6pm!
I chose for my inlaws to take my 3yr old though as i thought he'd be a distraction and also my 2 fight a lot. My 5yr old was fab though, we prepared him well and he really enjoyed the experience of seeing his sister being born. We gave him 'jobs' like helping daddy prepare the birth pool and giving me sips of drink.
Thanks, mine will be 3 and 1 1/2. Any tips to share?
I would keep them as occupied as possible, and try not to scare them. I had my husband there to keep them occupied most of the time. I'm very quiet during labor, so they weren't uncomfortable at all. Like PP has said, give them something to do, something to help with, etc.
My hubby is more worried than I am about having my dd (5yrs) present at my hb. I'm due in Jan and have been talking about it with dd, showing her videos from a certain streaming site and reminding her that mummy will be a lot louder than the people on the videos as I go primal with lots of growling :/ I will have my mum as my birthing partner as well as my hubby so mum will take dd out if need be!
Would be interesting to know if any of you have a 5 year old and how they coped
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