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6 Real Tips for Surviving (& Thriving) With 2 Kids 2-Years-Old and Under

Tips for Surviving 2 Kids Under 2 on Babble.comWhen my second child was born my oldest was 14 months old. When my third child was born I had 3 kids who were 3 years old and under. We wanted them to be close in age and I am thankful we did it that way, but parenting is different when you have 2 (or 3) kids so close.

Whether it was by choice or a happy coincidence, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the idea of having 2 kids who need you so much — a newborn and a brand new toddler. Your child may be too young to get what’s going on and with that, you don’t get the slack maybe an older child will give you.

Things are not going to be awful though! I loved having my kids so close — for me it made things easier (they were all in the same sized diaper at one point) and there are some real perks that go along with it. There are challenges though — who gets your attention first when both are screaming for you? How do you handle house chores or naps? And of course, the I have only two hands fear.

Click through to read my 6 tips for surviving 2 kids under 2:


  • Ask For Help 1 of 6
    Ask For Help
    It can be hard transitioning from one child to two. It's not bad if you ask for help, it can do wonders for you. Have someone over to hold the newborn while you spend some alone time with the Toddler, or to watch them both so you can do some other errands.
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  • Get a Hands-Free Wrap 2 of 6
    Get a Hands-Free Wrap
    It saved my sanity, no joke. This is my youngest at a few weeks old. At that time I also had a 3 year old and a 2 year old and being hands-free was necessary. This will allow you to give your baby you, which they always want - and do things for your toddler at the same time.
    Photo credit: Devan McGuinness
  • Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff 3 of 6
    Don't Sweat the Small Stuff
    Things can wait, honest. I always felt that it took about 6 months for things to calm down and during that time, it's important to let things slide a bit. So you have a smudge on the window, it's ok.
    Photo credit: photostock
  • Nap + Quiet Time 4 of 6
    Nap + Quiet Time
    Do what you can to get nap schedules on the same time If your toddler like mine doesn't nap, then do a 'quite time' during baby's nap. Put a movie in and lay down with your toddler.
    Photo credit: photostock
  • Get Out of the House 5 of 6
    Get Out of the House
    It's easy to just want to stay in, getting out may seem like more work than it's worth. It's so important to go out, meet people - exercise. It will help your mood. You can get a double stroller and have quite time with both kids contained or a single stroller and wrap.
    Photo credit: photostock
  • Cut Yourself Some Slack 6 of 6
    Cut Yourself Some Slack
    Parenting is hard and there is a lot that may play into things when you have two so young. Let go of any guilt you may have, your kids love you. You're doing your best and it will get easier. You will find a routine for which 'crisis' to handle first and your kids -- they'll be ok!
    Photo credit: photostock

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