Coping with 2 children!  |  Blog

It has been almost 5 weeks since Smidge came into the world which also means five weeks of being a mummy to two! I’m not going to lie, I was terrified before Smidge was born as I just didn’t understand how I would cope or get anything done with two children to look after. I was given loads of tips and tricks from other parents who had been here and done it and now, five weeks down the line, I can really see how much their advice has made a difference so I wanted to share with you the best advice I was given.

Become an opportunist! 

If you get 10 minutes when your children are entertained/ fed/ quite/ sleeping then make the most of it. As much as you might want to just stay on the sofa and relax for 10 mins DON’T! Muster the strength to get up and go and sterilise the bottles or our a load of washing on because if you don’t do it in those few minutes of peace you may find that you don’t get it done all day! You may not want to do chores or get bits done as you may be knackered BUT it will honestly make you feel better if you get just a couple of jobs done. 

Be organised.

If you know that you are going out then I would definitely recommend packing your bag the night before. Make sure the changing bag is stocked with nappies and wipes and that you have everything you need. I’ve also got into the habit of getting all of our clothes out for the next day. It makes the morning a lot quicker and easier when you are trying to dress yourself and 2 kiddies. The other thing I’ve been doing to help deal with having 2 little beings that need my attention is at dinner time. Pickle had his dinner at about 5pm and Smidge usually wants to feed at the same time so I will dish up Pickles dinner along with his desert and then sit and fed Smidge. I’ll make sure that Pickle has everything that he needs like cutlery, a drink, a flannel to wipe his face with afterwards so that I can focus on feeding Smidge. Organisation is key!! 

Seize the moment. 

Babies demand so much of our attention. They need us for everything where as their siblings are usually a bit more independent and get left to fend for themselves a bit more when a baby comes into the house. This is why I have been trying to seize every tiny moment with my biggest boy when Smidge is content and doesn’t need me. It could be 10 minutes to do some colouring or even just a quick 2 minute cuddle, I’ve just been trying to take every moment I can to make sure Pickle still feels involved and loved. It’s only something small but it makes a huge difference and stops Pickle from feeling too left out. 

So there you have it... my tips for coping with two children. Do you have any coping mechanisms that you think I’ve missed out? Let me know in the comments! 

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