National Siblings Day: Two under Two
Get used to hearing 'You have your hands full ', 'are they twins' and 'good luck' said with a smirk when you enter life with two under two.
It is busy, there are two bums to change, two mouths to feed and two little people to cuddle. You may have been warned about the lack of time, the mission it will be to leave the house and the amount of washing you will get through. All of these are pretty true, but what people don't always tell you is that cuddling up with a baby in each arm is like nothing else, and that first solo bedtime leaves you feeling like Superwoman even if it does take a bit longer than usual. However hard it may seem at first you will find your stride and being so close in age, your children are bound to grow up with a close bond.
For some, routine is key, and thankfully many babies slot into their elder siblings day after not too long. For some a sling (Have you tired our Papoozle!) is the answer, and being able to keep baby close whilst tending to their toddlers needs keeps everyone happy. I think most will agree that having a great support network is vital, whether that is a partner happy to help out with household chores, parents that can take the toddler out when things get tough, or support from friends, breastfeeding groups and health visitors who have your best interest at heart.
Here is our mini guide to two under two:
Everyone will have their own opinion and advice but only you are the mother. Listen, smile and choose what you choose to take on board.
Try and find a way to have quality time with your older child, to help them cope with the huge changes in their life. Doing a puzzle together when the baby is sleeping can help them feel included.
A double buggy is brilliant, but consider a sling as well, as it can leave your hands free to deal with a toddler.
It won't be long until they don't want to wear matching, so make the most of it! Get some pictures of them in co-ordinated outfits or matching jumpers whilst you can. We'd love to see some of your littlies in matching Easyfit and Teenyfits. Share them with us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter!
Accept help, don't be too proud. If someone offers to drop round a home cooked meal in those first days, say yes. If they are happy to sit and read your toddler stories whilst you feed the baby then let them, and if someone is happy to do some washing up, then sit back, relax and thank them.
Be realistic with expectations for leaving the house. Arrange to see friends around 10am, and make them aware that you may well be late. Try to make appointments for later in the day to give you a chance to get ready.
Embrace the chaos, don't expect your house to look like a show home, make time for pj days and surround yourself with friends and family who make you smile.
For your chance to win a set of matching Easyfits of your choice, share your best tip for life with two under two below. We'll pick a winner next week...keep your eyes peeled!