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Q&A: Dealing With Two Babies?

Baby #2 is on the way! How will I manage to split my attention between two small children?
ByErin van Vuuren
Updated
Mar 2021
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Caring for one baby can certainly be a full-time job, but don’t worry — two kids doesn’t necessarily mean double the work. Remember, your children will give each other attention too, even lifting a bit of the load from you at times. Let your older tot “help out” with the new baby (holding the diaper at changing time, helping with feedings), and they’ll both get to be the center of attention.

Lots of repeat moms worry that they won’t love the second child as much, or be able to offer as much attention, but fears are usually short-lived. Each baby is a totally different person, and will find their own special spot in the family.

More concerned with logistics? Invest in a good double stroller, interview babysitters, and work out a plan with your partner. Need more advice? Check out this tip from fellow user, goodhartedmommy:

“Get a really good sling or carrier. That way you can tend to both at the same time. Really, it’s just second nature. You can read all the tips in the world, but once you’re in the situation, it will come right to you naturally and you’ll do great!”

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