Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Double Trouble! Preparing For A New Arrival When You're Already A Mommy

Being a mom of two is very different to having just one child. When you welcome your first bundle of joy into the world, they are the center of attention, and they occupy your every thought. When you have a child already, and you’re preparing to welcome a new baby into the family, you’ll have two little people to think about, and life will be that bit more hectic. If you’re expecting, and you’re already a mommy, hopefully, this guide will come in handy.

Practical preparations

Life as a mom of two is a completely different ball game. You’ll have practical challenges to deal with, and every movement you make requires careful planning. It can be a military operation getting out of the door with one little one, let alone two. One of the best investments you can make when you’re expecting your second child is a double stroller. This will enable you to get out and about with both children. When you’re looking for a new stroller, think about the age difference, and read some reviews. There are lots of different brands and products on offer, and it’s best to try some out, and see which styles you prefer. You’ll also need to think about sleeping arrangements. In the early stages, your baby will sleep in your room, but it’s wise to plan ahead. Think about whether your children are going to share a room or have separate spaces.

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Readying your child for a new arrival

When you’ve been the apple of your mommy’s eye your entire life, it can be daunting and distressing when a new baby comes along. The situation must be confusing for young children, and it’s a really good idea to talk to your child about the new arrival, and try and prepare them as best you can. Let your child rub your tummy and talk to the bump, and try and introduce them as early as possible once the baby arrives. Encourage spending time together when you’re feeding or resting. Ask friends and relatives to make a special effort to make a fuss of both children when they come and visit. Sometimes, children may feel like they’ve been pushed out of the limelight.

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Asking for help

Looking after a newborn or a toddler is difficult enough at the best of times. When you have both, it can be a real struggle to tend to their needs and get other jobs done. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you’ve got friends and family members offering to babysit the older child or help out with the household chores, take advantage of their kindness. You may need a break now and again, and people helping with cleaning or even running you a bath and holding the baby while you have a moment’s peace can make a difference.

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Are you expecting your second child ?If so, you’re probably incredibly excited, but also a little apprehensive. It can take time to adjust to having two children, and you may feel like you’re constantly juggling. Don’t be afraid to lean on those around you, and try and get practicalities sorted in advance. Prepare your toddler as best you can, and make every effort to ensure that they feel included.

This is a collaborative post written by a contributing writer. 

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