For parents waiting on the arrival of their second child, there are many mixed emotions to deal with.
Sure, you have the experience and confidence to raise a single child, but bringing a second child into the fold will present many new challenges for you to overcome. To help you prepare for your second arrival, here’s a few things to consider to make the journey a little easier.
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Changes to Your Daily Routine
Sure, you may be able to grab your toddler and go shopping or visit friends any time you like, but with the unpredictable sleeping pattern of a newborn – it’s a little trickier to plan your day in advance.
With a second child, you may find yourself spending more time at home than you’d like to. This can make it difficult to socialize and go out to do basic errands like shopping, appointments and other commitments.
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The best advice? Try getting your errands done while your child is feeling well-rested. If they managed to get a good night’s sleep, you’ll have a better chance of getting everything done in the morning.
If you’re stuck at home, but still feel like being social, try inviting your friends or family around to your place. As long as they don’t mind you catering to your newborn, you’ll have no problem catching up with people on a regular basis.
Relationship with Your Firstborn
With the arrival of a second child, you may be wondering how your firstborn is going to react to the new change. Don’t worry, there are many ways to help your firstborn become part of the journey.
Take the time to introduce your firstborn to their new brother or sister. Demonstrate how to gently hold the baby and encourage them to interact with one another during assisted play sessions.
Over time, your first and second born will start to develop a bond that will gradually become stronger. And you’ll have a newfound appreciation for the bond you already have with your first child.
Less Space in Your Car
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Have another passenger sitting in the back seats may not seem like a big deal.
However, with two child booster seats in the back, along with a pram in the trunk – you’re not left with much room for groceries or other passengers. And what’s going to happen in a few years’ time? Your kids will be filling up the car with school bags, sports equipment, friends and who knows what else.
While it may seem unnecessary now, you may soon need to upgrade your car to something that can accommodate for a bigger family.
Plan for the Unexpected
Bringing a new child into an established family is a unique experience for everyone. By focusing on adjusting your daily schedule, helping your first child become involved in the experience, and planning ahead for those unexpected expenses – you’ll have a much easier time raising your second child.