*This article from our archives was written by The Stork Bag Founder, Ericka Perry.*
And then there were two…
Oh my, I have decided there are different stages of motherhood and each has its own challenges and solutions.
As a mother of a toddler and infant, I am constantly looking for ways to cheat time. I always want to squeeze out another hour from the 24hours in a day. It’s impossible!
I have learned that nothing is easy, you only get better at it with time. Don’t get me wrong, I love my kids plus the laughter in my home has doubled, the joy has increased and with two kids there is never a dull moment. But it isn’t easy, so we’ve put together a few tips for you.
Are you a mom of a toddler and expecting another baby? Well, here are 6 tips to help you:
Don’t forget that you already have a child. Anytime your toddler calls for your attention, make sure you give him/her your attention.
Kids act out sometimes. Refrain from blaming the toddler for anything that happens to the baby.
Have special activities for your toddler. Know what your toddler loves that can keep him/her busy for 20-30 minutes and use it whenever baby needs your undivided attention.
Routine and stability are important to toddlers. Ensure your baby’s arrival does not upset your toddler’s routine.
Give each child one on one time when possible. You and your spouse should exchange one on one bonding time with each kid. Daddy and toddler time, mommy and baby time; daddy and baby, mommy and toddler.
Help your toddler to feel important. When family and friends come to visit, let your toddler introduce the baby, and let them know that they have been a good big brother or sister.
This whole situation must sound difficult and stressful, but don’t worry – parenting two young children at the same time can be done. And if you’re ever feeling overwhelmed, don’t be hard on yourself – being a mom isn’t always easy! Be sure to reach out to family and friends for help, and to access parenting and community resources.