We purchased books and talked about the baby all the time with them, I also took my boys to the sibling class at the hospital. I let them talk to my belly alot and they helped pick out toys and baby items. I made them as much apart of the whole process as I could and when it was time to go to the hospital I had to take the boys with me because hubby was out of town and rushing back so i had no sitter lined up. Luckily a few weeks before I had gotten canvas tote bags and filled them with snacks and drinks, a few new toys and coloring books. The bags were supposed to be a surprise for the boys for when the baby was born and to help keep them entertained while visiting, ended up being my life saver during labor. The nice thing is my boys walked the halls with me and then woke up moments after she was born so they felt like she was their baby too. Keep them invovled and talk daily about the baby with them it's a big help.
at 2:08 PM on Dec. 6, 2009