Attention starved 2 year old

Melissa - posted on 11/17/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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How does of mother of a new born find the time and energy to give her 2 year old the attention and physical activity she needs (while daddy is at work)? And a friend or family member is not an option.

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Julie A - posted on 11/17/2013

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Have her help you take care of the baby an clean the house. Even though she can't do too much just talk it up. Tell her how she's a big sis now an how helpful she is. Ask her to bring you diapers, wipes, bottles and help with laundry etc. you would be surprised how much they understand . Since newborns sleep alot you can read, play, teach her while baby is asleep. If an when they both nap at the same time you need to sleep when they do. Since all newborns need is feeding/cuddling, changing and sleeping, the 2 year old needs your full attention. The newborn wont remember, the 2 year old will and needs all your attention. You can take Them both to a park and get a baby carrier or stroller for the newborn while The 2 year old plays. I got a double jogging stroller an took them on runs then we would go play at the playground as young as 5-6 weeks. If i can manage , anyone can. Mine are 16 months apart. Now 2.5 and 9 months . That's what I did hope it helps.

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Melissa - posted on 12/04/2013

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Hey thanks. We have more of a routine going now. I am breastfeeding so I was finding it difficult to entertain my 2.5 y.o. every time I would nurse. But now We have it figured out. Not everyday is a win, but most are. I

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