How to Effectively Manage a Toddler While Also Caring for an Infant With No Stress! How to Effectively Manage a Toddler While Also Caring for an Infant With No Stress!
Having a new bundle of joy not only adds to your family but you have to find a balance between caring for you infant... How to Effectively Manage a Toddler While Also Caring for an Infant With No Stress!

Having a new bundle of joy not only adds to your family but you have to find a balance between caring for you infant and your toddler so none feel left out or neglected . It’s a tough job, but mommy’s got to do it.

Welcoming a new baby into the family is an exciting time for parents, as well as for a new sibling. But, caring for two young children can be demanding and exhausting. For parents (particularly moms), who have two little ones, here are seven tips for managing a toddler while caring for an infant.

1 Enroll your toddler in a preschool program.

Even if it’s only a part-time program, bringing a new sibling home can be the perfect time to enroll your toddler in preschool. Not only will it give mom or dad one-on-one time with the new baby, it will also give your toddler something special that is for big kids only. Make a big deal during pick up, ask questions about the day, and hang up works of art to show your toddler how special preschool is.

2. Set up a toddler area.

If you’re caring for a toddler and an infant, setting up areas where the toddler can engage in play by himself is very important. You’ll want to included child-sized shelves that allow your toddler to choose toys, as well as plenty of toys that encourage independent play. Think blocks, materials to color with and other art supplies, play food and simple puzzles. Make sure you also have a toddler-sized table and chair.

3. Try to coordinate naps.

It’s easier said than done, but coordinating nap time so that both your infant and your toddler are asleep at the same time can go a long way toward helping save mom or dad’s sanity during the day. Your toddler’s naps are likely more stable and predictable, so work to get one of your infant’s naps to happen at the same time. It will be trial and error, but making the effort will pay off.

4. Tell your toddler stories.

If your arms are full with a newborn, picking up a book to read with a toddler may not be realistic. Instead of reading a story, tell one. While you can make up a tale about anything (you can start with whatever your toddler is into at the time – superheroes, trains, princesses, etc.), you also can tell him stories about when he was a baby, just like his new sibling.

Toddlers get a kick about hearing about even the most mundane details of what they did when they were babies. You can also try narrating what you are doing to care for the baby and then compare it to how you cared for the toddler.

5. Arm yourself with busy bags.

If you have an infant at home, being hands-on with a toddler at all times can be unrealistic. Busy bags are exactly what they sound like – self-contained, simple toys and games that are designed to keep toddlers… well, busy. Check out this busy bag tutorial, which includes several busy bag ideas.

6. Wear your baby.

Sometimes a toddler demands hands-on attention, and it’s important to be able to manage those moments. If putting the new baby down isn’t a great option, try babywearing once your infant is old enough. With a sling or a wrap, you’ll have your baby close to you, but your your hands free to parent your toddler.

7 Accept (and ask for) help.

Sometimes admitting you need help is tough, but it’s so important when you are juggling an infant and a toddler. Say “yes” if a friend, parent or family member offers to watch your toddler so you can spend one-on-one time with your baby. Or, have a sitter watch the baby so you can take your toddler out for some special time together. Having opportunities for alone time with both of your children is important.

Being a second-time parent to two very young children can be hard, but the good news is as a seasoned mom or dad, you know that the baby and the toddler stages are fleeting.

Do your best to accept and embrace this time knowing that it will be short-lived.

Henry Okafor

  • Marley

    December 9, 2016 #1 Author

    give your toddler tht special attension and love.

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    • Jamesha Thomas

      December 10, 2016 #2 Author

      This article is very helpful because I have a friend pregnant with a toddler and she says nobody talks about second time moms…. I’m otp with her she so happy

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  • Alexus

    December 9, 2016 #3 Author

    Very helpful and true.

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  • Kaaay18

    December 9, 2016 #4 Author

    Having A Toddler Is A Bit Overwhelming But At The Same Time So Beautiful I Cant Wait Until My Baby Is A Toddler

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  • TheDon

    December 9, 2016 #5 Author

    this is very helpful. hopefully it works lol

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    • Lyric

      December 9, 2016 #6 Author

      Very helpful… I’ll try it next time

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  • RaShawnda

    December 9, 2016 #7 Author

    love it! will try next time

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  • Dani

    December 9, 2016 #8 Author

    Stay stress free, take it day by day and always be there for your child with it needs, give it your full attention and love your child to the moon and back

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  • Deidre Molina

    December 9, 2016 #9 Author

    Very helpful article being that I just had a baby a few months ago and have a toddler that is demanding more time because he’s a little jealous.

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  • Alexandria

    December 9, 2016 #10 Author

    I’ll be trying this soon. I have 3 weeks til baby dj is here.

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    • Betty

      December 9, 2016 #11 Author

      This read was very good for me because i stress everyday with my four kids.

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  • Dakota

    December 9, 2016 #12 Author

    Gonna Try This … Thanks

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  • Brianna green

    December 9, 2016 #13 Author

    I have alot of time to practice my baby is 3 months old but i will be doing those things thanks for the tips

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  • jomal

    December 9, 2016 #14 Author

    nice article….this really helps

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  • Kaye

    December 9, 2016 #15 Author

    I have a 4 year old and just became a new mother a little over 3 Months ago. The first 3 months were a little rocky for my first born but I’ve noticed my big boy getting back to his normal self. It was never jealousy he loves his baby brother he just wasn’t used to not getting the all the attention like before I had my newest son.

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  • Mwesigwa Aisha

    December 9, 2016 #16 Author

    Give your toddler enough attension and show them how incredibly they are loved

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  • Tiara Harris

    December 9, 2016 #17 Author

    This is a good read. My husband & I have an 11 month old & would like to start trying again for number two but have been hesitant about having a toddler and infant. I think my biggest problem will be asking and accepting help lol I like handling everything.

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  • Lyric

    December 9, 2016 #18 Author

    Very helpful… I’ll try it next time

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  • Nastocia Edison

    December 9, 2016 #19 Author

    I am the mother of two small children and it does get hard but i make sure to show them equal love and attention

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  • Tiki Batts

    December 9, 2016 #20 Author

    A busy bag is a great idea, I kept one in the car which is where my oldest son was normally the most irritable.

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  • Treyha

    December 9, 2016 #21 Author

    Give your toddler enough attention…. and show them that you still love them also as much as you love the new baby.

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  • Lydie Okonda

    December 10, 2016 #22 Author

    My toddler at first was upset but with time and me showering him with intense love and attention fixed it.

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  • Mayciera

    December 10, 2016 #23 Author

    This was very useful i just had my second child

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  • Sabrina Allen

    December 10, 2016 #24 Author

    Will keep in mind for when my daughter is a toddler!

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  • Imani Howard

    December 10, 2016 #25 Author

    This helped so much thank you guys so much 😘

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  • Mainbelyn

    December 10, 2016 #26 Author

    Gonna try some of these my son just turned one he’s a handful.

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  • Krizzy

    December 10, 2016 #27 Author

    Very informative. This really helps 🙂

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  • Eleanor Hill

    December 10, 2016 #28 Author

    When I had my youngest my son before her was still 1 years old. It is very difficult but I had help from dad and some family. One thing that really helped my household also was involving my one year in the care for his baby sister. Now you can’t keep them apart from each other and by her being the only girl out of 4 I know she well covered on all aspects.

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  • Aaron James

    December 10, 2016 #29 Author

    Honestly it was a little rough in the beginning, but my daughter (5 years old) started to not crave ass much attention once she started preschool. Don’t get me wrong she still has her moments when she’s truly trusting to get our attention, but it’s just a matter of managing your time well and it helps when you have someone. I find that since my wife takes her out weekly to do a girls day while me me and the baby stay home. helps a lot because she knows we still make time for her.

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  • Hillary

    December 10, 2016 #30 Author

    Great advice! Will give this a try!

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  • E Farrar

    December 10, 2016 #31 Author

    The role of being a big brother or sister is a reward and when persuaded in a positive way they become something of the biggest helpers.

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  • Tamela

    December 10, 2016 #32 Author

    Great I will be trying this

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  • Shatiqua

    December 10, 2016 #33 Author

    I’ll have to consider this with my infant and toddler at home

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  • Kiaria

    December 10, 2016 #34 Author

    This Was Very Helpful 💕

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  • Star Morgan

    December 10, 2016 #35 Author

    This article is so helpful to me….I have a 2 mth and a toddler that is 20 mths old…..the struggle is beyond real….

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  • Briana

    December 10, 2016 #36 Author

    I have a 4 year old and 1 year old almost 2 and a 5 month old. My 4 and 1 year are very demanding and active so its rough at times but this article gave me a few things to try.

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  • Tiff

    December 10, 2016 #37 Author

    Very helpful 😘

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  • Ariele Holmes

    December 10, 2016 #38 Author

    I have a 4 year old WHOS turning 5 soon &I a 3 month old my four year old is rough really rough with the baby and I’ve been trying to find ways to show Aiden (4yearold) that there’s ways to play with him instead of being rough this helped a lot !

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  • Ta’Nada Richardson

    December 10, 2016 #39 Author

    Yeah that really works. I do those things with my child all the time

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  • Kiki

    December 11, 2016 #40 Author

    This s very good idea for my sister to use for my niece and nephew I’m going to shower her this cause my niece is 4 and nephew is 11 months

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  • Brittany Rowell

    December 11, 2016 #41 Author

    Great and helpful article I will be trying this with my babies at home . Having a new baby will make your toddler feel like the new baby is taking his place try to let the toddler help you with the new baby

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  • lisa johnson

    December 11, 2016 #42 Author

    Definitely will try the busy bags because my toddler get bored very easily with all the different things she gets to chose from

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  • Kiahna Wright

    December 11, 2016 #43 Author

    I love wearing my son, definitely helps to get ALOT done!!!

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  • Kiana meadows

    December 12, 2016 #44 Author

    I wish I would have read this earlier!!! , definitely helpful for new moms!!!

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