Adjusting Smoothly to a Second Baby

After your first baby, life can take some time to settle down in to a new definition of normal. When you start thinking about adding a new baby to that routine, panic can rise - how will you have time to take care of two young children? Who will sleep where? The overwhelming advice from the parents of Parent Soup -the #1 place for parents online - says not to worry. There will always be room in your heart - and your life - for another child. They also offer the following ideas on how to make to transition as smooth as possible for everyone concerned.

Routine Provides Consistency
"I found that routine and schedule really helped our household a lot when my second baby came along. If the baby is on a nice schedule, then you have plenty of time to spend with the older sibling."

Use Monitors To Be in Two Places at Once
"We have three monitors and two kids (a 3-1/2-year-old boy and a 1-year-old girl). There is one monitor in each of their rooms, and one in the playroom. I love them, because wherever they go I can here them and don't have to worry!"

Pay Special Attention to the Oldest
"Try to plan some alone time with your older child every day. Also make him feel as if you really need his help taking care of the baby. Things such as handing diapers, wipes, helping to hold bottles, handing you the washcloth and soap during baby's bath time. My oldest is still very clingy but I did all of the above with him and he absolutely adores his younger siblings. Whenever they fall and hurt themselves he gets there faster than I do."

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