10 Mumma Hacks For Surviving Life With A Newborn And A Toddler
I’m one month in. I’ve survived one month with my (almost) 3-year-old daughter and brand new bubba boy. So in love! My new life is both beautiful and exhausting at the same time. It’s true what they say; you think it’s hard when you have a baby…until you have two! So us mums need handy little tips and tricks to get through the day and make our lives easier. That’s what this post is all about! A must read if you are a mum of two or expecting your second.
Mumma Hacks For Surviving Life With A Newborn And A Toddler:
1. Getting in and out of the car
Toddler = first in and last out is usually the easiest way to go. Plan ahead where you will park, near trolley bays or pram parks can help.
2. Keep your toddler busy
This is so important during feeding times when you literally cannot get up. Reserve a special toy box just for those feeding times of day (my daughter can be kept busy for about an hour with a brand new tub of playdough). Oh, but keep messy things out of reach! You don’t want a whole tub of rainbow rice tipped over! Make sure the remote control is within your reach as well if some screen time is a necessity.
3. Teach independence
Another tip is to make sure your toddler can (within reason) fend for themselves. Be sure that a drink bottle is within reach and even pack a lunch box with healthy snacks they can grab. Chances are they’ll tell you they’re hungry right when you start feeding the baby. Same goes for the toilet and hand washing – make sure everything is accessible, foot stools in place and ready to go.
4. Baby wear!
I didn’t do this much with my first, but have mastered it this time around. Cooking dinner while baby wearing feels like such an achievement worthy of a gold medal! Self five!!
5. Research all your local drive thru’s
When you’re desperate for that morning coffee or all you need is a loaf of bread on the way home from kindergym, it can seem impossible to get both kids out of the car just for that. Drive thru’s will be your new best friend. Whether it be Maccas or On the Run, it makes life so much easier. A bit trickier to find these days are ‘pay at the pump’ petrol stations, but again, so worth it to avoid getting both little ones out of the car.10 Mumma Hacks For Surviving Life With A Newborn And A Toddler Click To Tweet
6. Online shopping
Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice to get out in the day and head to the shops for a coffee and a browse around Target, but if you have to combine your grocery shopping with this outing, it can all be a bit too much. We’ve got into a bit of a routine of doing our food shopping as a family on Saturday mornings, but if you have better things to do on weekends, shop online and have it all delivered to your door. It’s handy to plan ahead and order family/friends/kids birthday presents online too.
7. Ask your toddler to ‘show’ the baby how to do things (they may otherwise not want to do)
This one has worked a treat in our house! Miss M really digs her heals in with certain things she doesn’t want to do, eg. washing her hair, getting dressed, eating her dinner… but if we ask her to show her little brother how to do it because he’s just a baby and is too little to do it himself, she’ll do it! Parenting win!
8. Teach the toddler where everything is kept
Baby wipes, spew rags, nappies, dummies… show your toddler where these items are and encourage them to get them for you throughout the day. Trust me, this will come in handy!
9. Organise the nappy bag
Don’t forget now that the nappy bag will need things for all three of you to survive a day out! Make sure you have snacks, drinks and a change of clothes for your toddler as well as the plethora of things the baby needs. You might prefer for your toddler to have their own stuff in a backpack, but I find it easier with just one bag to keep track of. Read these genius nappy bag hacks.
10. Breathe and pick your battles – be gentle with yourself
Most second time parents I’ve talked to ease up a bit with the discipline of their toddler when the new baby comes along. My advice is to decide what your non-negotiables are. For me – it’s climbing all over me and touching the baby while I’m feeding him. A big NO NO! And she knows it’s wrong. But we tend to let the small stuff slide just to get through. At the end of the day as long as the kids are fed, clean, safe and loved you’ve done an incredible job!
With an almost three year gap between our two children, the advantage is that Miss M has reached some ‘big girl’ milestones. Toilet trained, in a big bed, no more dummy… Lots of parents however experience the daily joys and struggles of ‘2 under 2’. If this is you, do you have any Mumma Hacks to add to our list?
Guest post: This guest post was written by Lauren Hunt – a mother of two, early years teacher and blogger from Adelaide, South Australia. You can find her at www.teachertypes.com.