A new study confirms what many mothers may know instinctively: Picking up and carrying a baby usually calms the child down and relaxes them, making the move a good one for both moms and infants, says an article published in The Huffington Post in April 2013. Being a mother, you must have done this numerous times and experienced how easily your baby calms down, but it might become difficult to pick your baby if you have another wailing toddler looking at you with eyes full of hope.
Being a Mom to Two
Managing an infant and a toddler under the age of 24 months can be a difficult task and more so if you are doing so alone most of times because your partner is at work. You might even feel like a wreck but here are some tips that can make you feel less like a referee and more like a mom.
- Set a Routine and Stick to It – A routine might take some getting used to for your children but you will find that it makes life predictable for both you and your little ones. Within a few days, you will find that you are able to take out time for yourself and plan what to do with this time, since your days are more organized now.
- Declutter and Simplify the Home – You might have saved a lot of your first baby’s belongings that might come in handy for the second baby. A good question at this point is whether you will all these things. Donate anything that you don’t see yourself using and organize the rest in your cupboards or in plastic bins. When you declutter your home, finding things becomes easier and you free up space.
- Buy a Baby Carrier – Buy a comfortable baby carrier that holds the baby firmly and doesn’t lose its comfort even after long use. Never leave the house without the baby carrier. This will simplify tasks and make things more doable.
- Don’t Shy Away From Asking For Help–Ask your partner to help out around the home. A helping hand, even if it is just on the weekends, could simplify life and ease your chores. You could also ask your in-laws to help out. There is a lot to be said for children spending time with their grandparents. After all, it benefits both parties, and frees up some time for you too.
The transition to becoming parent of two can be overwhelming. However, once you get things organized, it could be a great joy. Moreover, as your children kids grow and bond, it will become easier for you. Why not teach your older one to be caretaker and protector for the younger one?