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I'm going through the same thing, and I actually think it's b/c they know a baby (or at least a change) is coming. It's common for big siblings to go through all sorts of regressions when the baby gets here, such as sleep regressions, wanting a binky, wanting to be in crib after being in big kid bed, and wanting to be rocked to sleep. I hear that if you go with it, they get over the regression faster.
It's hard to know what to do to ease the transition. My son also loves babies, but if I even hold a baby doll he usually gets upset and will grab it out of my arms and throws it on the floor!
Do you have help for the first few weeks after baby arrives?
Lots of exposure to babies and baby things. I always have held other babies so ds couldn't care less if I'm holding one. As he has gotten older, I try to have him participate in some way like helping hold the bottle, getting out a new diaper, or picking up the pacifiers. He really enjoys sitting with me and holding a baby. At home, I'm having ds help prepare. He helped get out the clothes, pull out toys, and has even been to a few appointments because he wanted to hear the heartbeat. We make it clear how both him and his sibling will be loved. Because of these things, he is really excited and asks almost daily if today is the day baby is coming.
BFP 5/21/10, Missed m/c 7/5/10 at 11w3d (baby measured 7wks), D&C 7/7/10
Aug/Sept 2010 - CD3&10 b/w & u/s, genetic testing, SA, HSG, & Lap/Hyst to remove septum
12/09/10 BFP -- 7/05/11 DS born at 33w5d. Came home after 23d in NICU at 37w0d
June 2012 - TTC #2! -- 10/05/12 BFP -- 5/23/13 DS2 born at 37w1d! Yay full term!
Liz4444:We are going through this as well. Li refuses to even sit in a high chair, she will only eat in my lap.