I started this article before Clark was born, but wanted to wait to finish it until we had experienced this time for ourselves. I feel good about the three things we did to help prepare Oliver for the nights we would be away in the hospital. Keep reading for ways to prep your toddlers for mom's labor and delivery stay.
For Clark's delivery, we knew he would be staying with Dom's parents. He was already comfortable with them and had been to their house plenty of times so I knew he wouldn't be too scared, but he is very attached to me at night. I wanted him to have a place to sleep that he would be excited to sleep in!
Dom's mom also bought him PAW Patrol sheets, blankets, and a pillow as a fun surprise when he got there! He LOVED it. Here are a few pictures we recieved while we were in the hospital.
Lastly, we talked about his sleepover every night. I would ask him questions: "Is Clarky going to come out of mommy's belly soon?", "Where is mommy going when Clark comes out?", "Where is Ollie going to sleep when mommy is in the hospital"?, etc. He knew all of the correct answers after going over this a few times. This way he was verbally prepared when labor and delivery started. He understood exactly what we were saying when we told him it was time for mommy to go to the hospital.
Oliver did great with his first sleepover. He cried for mommy a bit at night but other then that was safe and comfortable. I missed him something fierce but we both survived!