Anonymous

What did you do with kids when you went into labor?

I have a week left till my due date!!! Finally! But I have a 10 month old and I’m super nervous about things when it goes down. I know my mom could watch her while I’m in labor, but I don’t want to be away from her 3 days while I’m in the hospital. Plus we co-sleep. I thought about taking the pack and play so she can sleep there with us. What did you guys do?

  • Aida
    Jan 05

    I don’t think the hospital will let your older child stay with you. If your mom can watch her than that would be best. I would suggest she have a few nights over before the big day so it’s not all new when you have to go to the hospital.

  • Sara
    Jan 05

    Definitely leave her with your mom! You will need to focus on giving birth and the new baby and she will get better care and attention with someone else. When I had my second my older one spent a few days with my aunt and had the best time.

  • Megan
    Jan 06

    Our daughter was 17 months when we had our son. And we never co-slept. But we had her stay with my sister and her teen daughters. They had her in a pack n play in their room so she was more comfortable sleeping in a strange place. Our hospital wouldn’t allow her to stay and I ended up being grateful for that. It would’ve been way too much, and she wouldn’t have gotten the sleep she needed and would’ve been way to cranky. Not sure if you want to leave early or can, but ours asked if we wanted to leave the next morning... less than 24 hrs after birth. So if you’re worried that could be an option. Luckily for us, they let us stay another night to let us bond with the baby uninterrupted and got all the help we could from the hospital staff before heading home. My sister made it like a giant slumber party for my daughter. She had a blast

  • Anonymous
    Jan 06

    I only have one kid. But when my sister had her second i stayed with the first day while baby was born and first night. Then dad came home and stayed the next night.

  • Janine
    Jan 06

    I cried on the way to the hospital while in labor because I had to leave my 22 month old behind as we cosleep as well, but honestly as long as the baby is in good hands it won’t bother you the deeper you get into the labor. Remember, you will be tired, physically exhausted, and mentally drained all while having to care for the newborn baby. Good luck and congratulations!

  • Anonymous
    Jan 06

    It's cold and flu season, they probably won't let your child come visit in the hospital, let alone stay

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Jan 06

    when I had my second child in April, they brought out a twin bed and we brought our pack n play and my husband and child stayed with me and the newborn. I cosleep as well, although my husband snuggled with my toddler that night. I highly recommend it. You can call the hospital. The nurses praised us a ton and loved that we included our young child in the experience rather than leaving him with a family member at home. We honestly didn’t have a choice, but I loved it too. It was perfect.

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Jan 06

    When I had my third, It was just too chaotic to keep the kids with us at the hospital, I stayed at the hospital alone with the newborn. And honestly, it was super lonely for me. For both my second and third births I asked to leave as early as possible (they were vbacs) and everyone cooperated. It is easier at home. I truly do recommend having your first born with you once the birth is over. It’s such a cool experience for your family.

  • Anonymous
    Jan 07

    She’s only 10 months and hasn’t been away from us for a long period of time. Plus only we know how she is at night, she wakes up for bottles still and moves a lot in her sleep. But I’m definitely going to ask the hospital if there’s something they could do or if I can.. thank you guys.

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Jan 07

    Good for you! i hope they allow it!!

  • Stephenie
    Jan 15

    My mother is great with kids and especially with my daughter who was 20 months at the time of my delivery. I was also worried because I was cosleeping as well at the time but my kid was fine and ended up being a “big girl” when I was in the hospital. I cried but it was better that she had the full attention from grandma while I focused on the new baby for the first day. Did you give birth yet? Good luck!

  • Anonymous
    Wednesday

    The baby came in the middle of the night so I did end up leaving LO with my mom, it sucked but it did allow my husband and I just to focus on the new baby coming and have bonding time alone.. thankfully I only had to stay that night and another so it wasn’t too bad 😪 plus with the nurses checking in and taking care of the new baby I’m glad my mom had her, else I wouldn’t have gotten a wink of sleep