So it’s been confirmed, and you are having your second baby- Congratulations! Your life is going to be blessed with another little person, and your first child is going to be a big brother or sister. Unlike your first pregnancy, you have some idea of what to expect this time around.
This insight and experience can often mean that second pregnancies are more enjoyable for the parents. This can lead some parents into thinking they don’t need to do as much planning and preparation as they did with their first. But this is not the right mindset to be in. From altering your home to reusing your first child’s baby essentials, there is a lot to do before your new baby arrives. Even though you’ve been through the process before, your second one could be completely different this time around. So the more prepared you are, the better. Take a look at the suggestions in this guide to get organized today.
Go through what you already have
Instead of going out and buying everything you need from scratch, go through the items you already have. It’s likely you still have some baby essentials that were once your first child’s. This might include bottles, clothes, and cribs. Reusing these items can save you a great deal of money as well as saving you space in your home. But some items may not be appropriate, so it’s important to check their condition thoroughly. Go through all of the baby clothes and blankets you have in your home first.
Look for holes, stains or rips in each item and also consider the color and style. Look for clothing that is gender neutral, particularly if you don’t know what the sex of your second child is. Once you’ve found some suitable options, wash them and keep them somewhere clean and safe. You should also check the condition of bottles, car seats and any other essentials you’ve kept. While there is nothing wrong with using used apparatus, you need to make sure they are still safe to use. These should be thoroughly cleaned and checked for weaknesses and cracks. Anything that is broken or unsuitable should be gotten rid of to make space.
Start making changes
The arrival of a second child requires a number of changes to be made, primarily in your home. You need to consider whether you have the space for your two children in your current home. If you don’t, you may need to consider adding an extra bedroom or upsizing to a bigger home somewhere else. This again is something you need to think about sooner rather than later. Start looking online for family homes which are within your preferred area and suit your budget. You might also want to contact tradesmen for a quote on extending your home. If neither of these options are possible right now, decluttering and altering the layout of your home could be another solution. You might want to move your first child into another room or clear out an unused office or bedroom. As tempting as it might be to think about these things later, it could leave you in a more stressful situation later on.
Another change you might need to make is with your stroller. If your current stroller is only designed with one child in mind, you need to start looking for something that accommodates two. This is, of course, dependent on the age of your first child. If they don’t require a stroller anymore, then this shouldn’t be a concern. Start looking at different models of high-quality strollers that are designed for two young kids. While it’s convenient to look online and read reviews, it’s beneficial to try a bigger stroller before you buy. For instance, the Baby Jogger City Select is one of the best convertible strollers available. But you might find it difficult to maneuver or collapse. This is why it’s so important to try before you buy and only buy what works for you.
Think about your previous pregnancy experience and how you can improve it this time around. You might be more open to help this time around or want to take more time off work before your due date. Whatever it is, start putting plans in place ahead of time to ensure your pregnancy goes as smoothly as possible.
Help your first child understand
The arrival of a sibling can be a confusing time for an older child. If they aren’t fully prepared or don’t know what is happening, they can get jealous and act out. So it’s crucial that you start talking about the baby to your first child well in advance. This will help them to understand what is going on and can also make them look forward to being a big brother or sister.
Make them feel more involved by buying them a doll and ask them to take good care of it. This can stimulate the experience of a real baby and help them gain more understanding. You can show them how to feed and change the baby and explain that they need to be gentle. If you have friends with newborns, invite them to your home. This will allow your first born to get used to the sounds and what the baby will look like. In addition to this, read them books about being an older sibling and ask them to help you pick things for the baby.
The reality of a new baby won’t hit many older children until they are brought home. But the more you get them involved now, the easier the transition will be. Give them attention and time to adjust to the change. It shouldn’t take them long to bond with your newborn.
As you can see, your second pregnancy requires just as much, if not more preparation than your first. The arrival of your second bundle of joy will turn your world upside in the best way possible. So it’s vital that you plan ahead and get these preparations done to make the transition easier. Enjoy this pregnancy and look forward to being the parent of two beautiful children.