Mr. Monster is about to turn two. His milestone is making me realize that I officially have two toddlers. No more babies. And I survived Two under Two.
I guess technically I did that when Little Miss turned Two, but it really didn’t hit me until now.
When I first discovered I was pregnant with baby number two, I was filled with a lot of unknowns. So I did what we moms do and headed for the internet. But I never really found what I was looking for. I found a lot of people telling me to make sure that I put on mascara every day or joking about keeping a stocked wine cabinet. These are both good tips, but I was looking for logistics….Like how am I supposed to carry around two babies…everywhere.
So I thought I would give you a few of my best tips.
Tips for surviving Two Under Two
~Teach your oldest to walk, holding your hand, as soon as possible. As soon as Little Miss was walking, I was training her to hold my hand. She walked into stores, into the house, into school. All while holding my hand. So when Mr. Monster came around, I only had to carry an infant carrier and not two babies…at least 75% of the time.
~Find stores that have double shopping carts. Target and Costco are two good examples. I don’t want to admit how long it took me to realize that I could utilize a double shopping cart at Target. Just be careful. Those carts take practice to drive. You’ll most certainly run into a clothing rack at least one time, every time you shop.
~Invest in a good double stroller. I can’t recommend one because this is something that I’m going put in my lesson learned column. I had a second-hand double stroller that was given to me. Don’t get me wrong, it was a lovely gesture. But looking back, I should have spent the money. Do your research. Be able to open and close it easily. Make sure that your infant carrier fits properly in it.
~On a similar note, get a good baby sling. Make sure it’s comfortable and easy for you to use. The model I used is discontinued, but it clipped together in seconds. Susie used one of those that she wrapped around her body, which she loved…but I could never get them to work right. Whichever one you choose, practice putting it on and taking it off.
~Shop in the evening. When the kids go to bed, head out for some quiet shopping. You might be tired, but it’s worth it. I did all my Christmas shopping between 8:00pm and 10:00pm. And it was glorious.
~Make an extra effort to have one on one time with your oldest. They will need the attention. Schedule it and make it special. Which isn’t hard, a one-year-old is very easily entertained.
~Keep your new baby out of reach. Your oldest won’t completely understand that this is not a more life-like version of her baby doll. I once had Mr. Monster laying in a Boppie, on the floor; I walked into the room and Little Miss was straddling him. All I could see was his bald little head and his arms flailing…poor kid. I can laugh about it now…but at the time, it was terrifying!
With all these tips…keep in mind the following:
~There will be tears. Yours and theirs.
~Your house will be a mess.
~You will deserve to end every night with either wine or ice cream (some nights both).
~You will survive it.
~It will all be worth it.
If you’re still wanting more tips on 2 under 2, check out the great list at Parenting From The Heart. Another survivor.
How many of you have survived baby bunching? Do you have any recommendations?
Please share this with anyone you know that’s expecting their two under two!