You will quickly gain the confidence you need to survive having two under two, with these simple tips and tricks.
1. Simplify, Declutter, & Organize
The absolute first thing to survive having two under two, is to simplify! This is something I highly recommend if you are anything like me, and clutter stresses you out. Simplifying or decluttering your home, is something you won’t regret doing. Especially, when your toddler is spinning throughout your home like a tornado, creating more messes for you to clean up.
2. Safe Space for Baby
You will quickly learn, having a 1 year old near an infant makes your anxiety spike. Having a safe space to place your infant/baby is a must to survive those first few months by yourself. Even wearing your baby in a wrap or infant carrier will help out a ton!
3. Prepare Meals Ahead
Preparing meals ahead of time, will be a God send when you are trying to nurse a fussy, hungry infant, and your toddler is cranky because it’s getting close to bedtime. Imagine being flustered, and stressed from a long day of solo parenting, when you suddenly realize you forgot about dinner. What on earth are you going to make? Nothing is thawed, and you have thirty minutes until your toddler starts bedtime. We all know you’re counting down those minutes until peace and quiet. Of course, you don’t want to be in the kitchen cooking for thirty to forty-five minutes while trying to keep your toddler entertained. This is where frozen meals, or prepped refrigerated meals will save you! Even crockpot meals help!
4. Diaper Station
Having a designated station to keep all diapers, cloth diapers, wipes, etc… is so helpful to quickly have access to! I keep ours in a basket on a shelf in the main area of our home. If you like having an actual changing pad station, be sure to set it up where you imagine yourself spending most of your time.
5. Backpack Diaper Bag
Purchasing a backpack diaper bag will make all the difference when you are out running errands. The last thing you want, is to sling a diaper bag up on your shoulder 4-5 times, all the while wrangling a toddler and wearing an infant. Trust me! Grab yourself a small backpack diaper bag, and keep it simple. This is the one I personally love and use daily.
6. Busy Basket
Creating a small busy basket of random things, like stickers, measuring spoons, Water Wow books, etc… to occupy your toddler while you are nursing/feeding the baby, will help a ton to survive having two under two!
7. Show Time
I know the mom guilt is real when it comes to letting our littles watch TV, at least for me it is. Quickly, I had to throw all guilt aside and put on a Veggie Tale, maybe once or twice a day. Just having something to entertain my toddler while I was nursing or trying to tend to the baby, really helped the stress. This made a HUGE difference those first few rough months, trying to survive having two under two.
8. Bedtime Prep
Preparing for bedtime is a game changer for me. Laying out pj’s, diapers, wipes, rash cream, filling the diffuser, setting the mood for the night; creates a simple bedtime routine for your littles. This way you’re not running around your house searching for certain items right at bedtime.
9. Snacks/Limiting Sugar
Having some prepped, healthy, simple snacks for your toddler to eat in a pinch, will be a huge help. Filling this little snack cup with organic cherrios, sliced apples, popcorn, etc.. will keep that hungry, little toddler content. Also, I find limiting sugar helpful to keep my toddler calm and chill throughout the day, and that is what you want.
10. Baby Proof
This is a huge tip to survive having two under two! Baby proof! Locking your kitchen cabinets, baby gating stairs, shutting doors, etc… to protect your toddler while you nurse/care for baby, is a must. It saves your anxiety, when you’re wondering where your toddler ran off to, and you are glued to the sofa feeding baby.
11. Take Advantage of Nap Times
Taking advantage of nap time is your free window to get whatever you need to get done! Throw a load of laundry in the washer. Load the dishwasher. Binge YouTube for an hour to chill out. Make yourself a nice HOT cup of coffee, or even take a nap if you want to. This is your time to breathe for a minute before the next half of your day starts.
Well that is all the tips I have for you now! I hope you have the confidence now, to survive having two under two, with these tips and tricks! It’s hard, but very, very rewarding. Also, be sure to watch the video on this topic, down below. If you want to learn more about me and my family, click here.