I’ve always heard that the transition from one child to two is harder than any other. I can’t say that this was the same for me and I think that each child is so different that the level of challenge will be different for everyone, but it is still super hard no matter how many kids you have!
Today, I’m excited to share how Nice ‘n CLEAN Baby Wipes have helped make it easier to go from one baby to two.
Our transition from one child to two has been equal parts amazing and difficult. Many days I go to bed feeling guilty that the house isn’t clean enough, I didn’t play with my oldest enough, or that I hardly was able to speak to words to my husband before bed. BUT, I also love our family of 4 and love seeing how much my oldest daughter loves her new sister.
There is only so much you can do to prepare for this transition. Sometimes you have to just be thrown into the craziness and embrace it to find out what works for you, but here are some tips that have helped me in our transition from one child to two.
Give Yourself Grace
The first and most important piece of advice I have is to give yourself grace. Your dishes won’t always be washed, dinner won’t always be perfect, and your kids might go to bed dirty every now and then… it’s okay.
Your kids aren’t going to remember that you left the dishes in the sink one or two nights. They are going to remember that their mom was happy and not stressed out.
Include Older Siblings
One of the best things I’ve done for my oldest daughter is to make sure she feels included. I let her “change diapers”, wipe bottoms (we use Nice ‘n CLEAN Baby Wipes they are made of 100% plant-based fibers so they are super soft, but durable and they are made of 99% naturally derived ingredients), and dress the baby. I even let her pick out outfits and bows for the baby.
Doing this has really made her feel included and not pushed aside. She feels super important and I am always sure to give her a ton of extra praise about what a great sister she is and how helpful she is.
The other day we left to go to the grocery store (40 minutes away) and when we got there we realized that in all the chaos of loading up and leaving, we forgot the diaper bag.
A month or so before the baby was born I had backed a bag to keep in the car that was filled with extra bottles, outfits, Nice ‘n CLEAN Baby Wipes, and other baby necessities. Thank goodness I did this because even with forgetting the diaper bag, we had everything we needed in the car already!
At HEB, you can get different sized packs of these wipes too. We buy the large boxes for at home and keep the smaller individual packs in the car. There are 2 different types, unscented wipes or green tea cucumber!
So I keep little baskets and/or totes around the house, in the car, etc. filled with things that I might need if I ever forgot or ran out of something. It relieved so much stress being prepared and having everything stocked up.
Also, having Nice ‘n CLEAN Baby Wipes on hand EVERYWHERE is useful for my older daughter too. They are super soft so we use them for her hands and face if she gets dirty at a restaurant or at the park.
One on One Time
It is super hard with a new baby, but try to carve out some one on one time for you and the older kids. You can do this by having Dad watch the baby so you can get out for lunch or to the park or you can even do it at home by having a “movie day” while the baby is napping.
We turn the living room into a “movie theatre” and have snacks and popcorn while watching Netflix. My daughter loves it and it doesn’t take much effort on my part!
I hope these tips help make your transition from one child to two as easy as possible! You can head to HEB to purchase Nice ‘n CLEAN Baby Wipes today!