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10 things to know about life with a toddler and newborn!

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10 things I wish I knew about life with a toddler and newborn!

  1. A robe is a must have! It is crucial to have both hands available as often as possible. If your toddler is as active as mine,  things can get pretty hectic! Use pockets in your robe to store your cell phone, chapstick, burp cloth, even a spare diaper!
  2. Keep a stack of diapers and pack of baby wipes in the commonly used rooms in your home. If you have a tantruming toddler and a poopy newborn, you may not be physically able to walk to your nursery and change your baby like you were able to do with baby number 1.
  3. Take a trip to the dollar store and stock up on little activities such as stickers, doodle pads, crayons, play dough, ext., and throw them into an activity bucket. These activities are crucial, as they will keep your toddler busy and quiet so you can feed/nurse your baby in peace.. for a few minutes at least!
  4. When in doubt offer a snack! Snacks are your toddler’s best friend! If your toddler is feeling clingy or just needing your attention when your baby needs you at the exact same time (which will happen A LOT), just offer your toddler a snack! When toddlers are hungry, boy are they cranky!
  5. Acceptence! Just accept the fact that 9 times out of 10 things will probably not go as planned. Learning to just “go with the flow” and having a sense a humor will maintain your sanity!
  6. Talk to moms with toddlers and babies before you give birth. The more information you have, the better prepared you will be!
  7. Take care of yourself as much as you can! I noticed when I was hungry it made my exhaustion worse and that much harder to keep up! Take advantage of those small breaks you MAY get throughout the day and eat, drink, use the bathroom, wash your face, paint your nails, whatever you need to do for YOU!
  8. Schedule, schedule, schedule! I utilized the babywise method for my newborn, but which ever you decide to go with, having a schedule will keep your day a little more organized. Even for your toddler, every day have a schedule and include crafts, walks (if possible), feeding times, reading, singing, dancing, counting,and free play. Be creative and include your newborn! For example, count your newborns toes with your toddler. Pintrest has some great ideas!
  9. Get a baby carrier! Do some research on a good baby carrier and it will be a life saver! You can chase around your toddler, go for walks, settle your baby when fussy, even exercise! Check out youtube or other sites on some good exercises to do while carrying your baby. You will feel great if you stay active both mentally and physically!
  10. Another life saver is the high chair! You can utilize this to your advantage by putting your toddler in the highchair with some crayons and paper while you meet your baby’s needs. 

A few words in closing: Always make your toddler feel included as much as possible in the care of your newborn. Self care through prayer, clean eating, exercise, and utilizing the supports from your partner and others are incredibly important on this new journey! Remember it will take time to get into the swing of things so be easy on yourself mama! I hope these tips will benefit you and your family on this new journey. God bless!


Ashley 🙂


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