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I could really use some ideas for small, simple ways to make my toddler DS feel special and attended to with a new baby in the house! Brainstorming just isn’t my strong point these days!
My first two children are 4 years & 3 1/2 months apart in age, and my last two are 2 1/2 years in age, so I’ve never exactly had a baby and toddler together. Even so, it can definitely be an adjustment for everyone!
Babywearing was my saving grace. I was able to wear my son in the sling and still attend to my other children. I eventually got the hang of even nursing in it. If possible, keep drinks for your toddler ready to go (in a cooler by the couch etc.) along with snacks s/he can get him/herself, like sliced fruit, pre-portioned baggies of crackers, string cheese etc. Do the same for yourself too!
Keep a tote bag of activities for your child like coloring books and crayons, books for you to read together and quiet games that you can play while sitting. Depending on your child’s age, you can play go fish, tic tac toe or board games.
If you allow television, have a few fun movies on hand for those times when you’re exhausted or the baby is fussy and you just need a little break.
I also recommend getting your toddler involved in taking care of his/her new sibling. Allow him/her to choose the diaper when it’s time for a change, hand you wipes, put the diaper in the pail etc. If your budget allows, get your toddler a baby doll, some play diapers/wipes and a sling or carrier to play with along side you.
Do you have tips?
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