So I’ve survived my first 6 weeks with two kids and I’m waiting for my award to arrive in the mail. Wait… we don’t get an award??? Moms totally should. 😉 #amiright?
The first day that Eric went back to work and left me with both kids by myself was slightly terrifying. Being outnumbered was something I wasn’t so sure I would handle gracefully, but I’ll be honest, it wasn’t as bad as I thought. You catch on pretty quick, mostly because you have no choice, and I’ve already learned a few tips and tricks to surviving life with a toddler and a newborn.
Here’s what I’ve learned so far…
- Have a safe + convenient place to put your baby down. You might remember this post from a couple months ago where I mentioned how I wanted to get a Dockatot. Well, they sent one to me and it is hands down one of my all time fav baby products. Nathan slept in the Dockatot on our bed for the first several weeks after we came home from the hospital and it was perfect for me as I was recovering from my c-section. But we also use it as a place to change diapers, a place for him to lay when Olivia and I are playing on the floor, and it’s the perfect spot to put him when I need to tend to Olivia’s needs. And the best part is that it is washable (we have already washed it several times and it washes great)! We have the Dockatot Deluxe but baby boy is growing SO fast that we’re going to need to upgrade to the Dockatot Grand soon!
- Put a diaper changing station on each floor. When we had Olivia, we were living in a condo in the city and only had to walk a few feet to her bedroom to change her diaper. Now that we are living in a house with two floors (and a toddler that I need to keep my eye on) having a basket filled with diapers, wipes, ointment, etc is a must.
- Baby wear, baby wear, baby wear! I bought the Solly Wrap (here is a less expensive version) when I had Olivia but didn’t use it much and now that multitasking is essential to survival, I wear Nathan in it aaaallll the time. He loves it and falls asleep literally within mere minutes of being put in it. I love it because it allows me to be hands free!
- Prepare for the next day as much as possible. I quickly learned that having a basic idea of what you want/need to do each day helps the day go more smoothly. I plan for the next day by having the toddler’s breakfast items ready to go so that it’s less for me to do in the morning when I have a hungry infant and toddler. I also like to have an idea of what activities I want to do that day with Olivia (play doh, painting, blocks, etc) or maybe even venture out to the grocery store or to the library.
- Have at least one thing that makes you feel human and find time for it— shower, work out, painting your nails, whatevs. For me, blogging is the thing that helps me fulfill the part of me that is more than just a mom. I also love having my nails done (I recently bought this so that I could do them at home and have them last). I know it’s easier said than done, but whatever it is, it’s important that you find time for it. Motherhood is draining and you need to refill your cup too!
I don’t claim to know all the tips and tricks, these are just the ones that have helped me survive and maintain my sanity the last 6 weeks! What are some of your two kids tips + tricks that I can add to my repertoire?? 🙂
I received a Dockatot for the purposes of this post. All opinions are my own.