As a graduate of the two under two club, I wanted to help other parents out there that will be joining the two under two club soon. Honestly, I remember being so nervous before Brooklyn was born. DJ was only 17 months old when Brooklyn was born. It turns out I had nothing to worry about. Was it exhausting? Absolutely, but I love that I had them so close together. I’m sharing my 5 tips for two under two with you all. Truthfully, there is a lot more than five; however, these were the most important five for my sanity.
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5 Tips for Two Under Two
1 Create a Schedule
When I say schedule, I don’t mean a strict breakdown of your day. If you choose to do that that’s also great. That doesn’t work for me though. I had a loose schedule. What do I mean by loose? Meal times were all the same time everyday for the most part. DJ’s nap’s were always the same time. Bath time and bed time were roughly all the same time as well. Brooklyn ate more on demand at such a young age obviously. Her naps were a little more sporadic at first as well. Once she was down to two naps, one of those naps was at the same times as DJ. At around 9 months they started taking a bath together as well. It really made things easier if I had a system in place.
2 Invest in a Double Stroller
This was a must have for me when I was going out with both of my little ones at the same time. Brooklyn’s car seat clipped into it, and it honestly just made life so much easier. Even if you plan on baby wearing, once your youngest is too old for that you will want a double stroller for the two of them. It could just be more of a double umbrella stroller.
3 Invest in a Baby Carrier or Swing
Honestly, this one is more up to your preference. I’m extremely clumsy, and anxious all the time. I felt much more comfortable putting Brooklyn in a swing. She loved it, which helped a lot. If she hated it I would have tried a baby carrier.
4 Ask for Help
This is one of the most important things to remember. This was also one of the hardest things for me to do. When DJ was first born I wanted to do everything by myself. I exhausted myself. When Brooklyn was born I tried to do the same thing, but it was impossible. I was only one person with two littles pulling me in opposite directions. I asked David for more help, which of course he did without me even having to really ask, and when my Brother in law, Mother in Law, and Father in law were here I would ask them. It made everything so much easier. I really appreciated their help, and I still do. Just because DJ & Brooklyn are three and two doesn’t mean I don’t need help some days.
5 Be Kind to Yourself
This is the most important thing to remember. Please, be kind to yourself. Remember that not everything will go according to plan – that’s okay. Some days will be easy, and you’ll feel like a rock star Parent. Other days will be hard. There will be days where you’re exhausted, one of your littles is sick, or one of them is just having a bad day. Some days both of your littles might want to be held the entire day. Remember that you’re doing the best you can. It’s okay to go into the bathroom for five minutes to reset yourself and unwind. You are only human, and you are an incredible parent.
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