We did it! The very thing that I was scared of most! We had two babies under two and everyone survived!! Well, things ended up being great! Not saying that things were perfect. We either had great days or horrible days, not really too much of anything in between. When Shaun Jr was born, Raelynn was still one (19 months to be exact). I had a bunch of concerns that you can read about in my post Two Under Two: Questions and Concerns. My biggest concern was always that she wouldn’t get the time that she needed with me. I found a way to make it work so that both of my littles were happy. Here is what I did:
1. When the baby was sleeping or calm, I would give him to my husband or the boys so that I could have a little alone time with Raelynn. When they weren’t available to help out with the baby, I would just let him sleep close to us in the Rock n Play. The best thing is that the Rock n Play is compact so I was able to fold it up to bring anywhere. Spending alone time and cuddling with her would recharge her until the next day. This still works! It’s never too early to figure out your child’s love language. I’m so glad I found hers!
2. I would prepare things that I know she will need or want in advance. Babies and toddlers seem to want things at horrible times. For instance, when I am nursing, Raelynn would ask me for a snack or a drink. When I would tell her that she had to wait a minute, all hell would break loose. So I started preparing things beforehand. I poured her cups and prepared her snacks and meals while the baby was calm.
3. Take care of your toddlers needs first. Yes, you might have a screaming baby that wants to eat. But, how much easier would it be if you got your toddler what they needed before you started nursing. That way while you are nursing the baby, you won’t have a screaming toddler.
4. This is my fourth and final tip. Babywear so that you can keep up with your toddler while carrying your baby. It makes life 100% easier and not only that but you can get stuff done. That way, everyone will be happy!
What are some things you did to keep your toddler happy while dealing with a newborn? I would love to hear about it in the comments below! Thanks for reading!
Until next time……Lady Ki
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