How do you keep your sanity when taking care of two babies under the age of 2yrs?

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Cynthia - posted on 03/20/2009

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Wow, this is a hard one? At one time in my life, I had a 7, 6, 5 year old and newborn baby all at the same time. I don't know how they survived. I write about this in my blog at: http://kingslandpress.blogspot.com I wasn't the perfect mother, but we all do the best we can. You are doing the very best you can!!! And you will find that as you get older and look back, you do think "how did we get through that"? But you do, I would say that if I could go back, I would try to be more patient and tell them I love them as much as possible, because these times do pass, and they become people, grown up people and the next thing you know, you are the grandma.....and you think, what happened, and then you watch them go throught he same things you went through. Cynthia Morgan, R.N. www,kingslandpress.com

Becky - posted on 03/20/2009

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You have to try to arrange play date's.  That way the kids have fun and you can still have adult conversation.  You also have to learn to not get stressed over the little things.  Enjoy the time when they're little because it goes by way too fast.  My children are 17 months apart (the youngest being a preemie being born at 2lbs., 90z.) and I wouldn't want it any other way.  But, you do need to try to make time for yourself and get out of the house.  Try to get the kids outside 1 a day (even if it's just in the backyard).  It helps the older one burn off a lot of energy!!

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Noel - posted on 03/06/2014

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I only have my one little 1 year old, but something that helps me is the set up of my apartment. I am very careful where I put furniture that he can get into and after all the bedroom and bathroom doors are closed I have a chair where I can sit and see him at all times That way I can make sure he is safe while still being able to do other things. I think this tactic would work for multiple children also.

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it will get easier,,honest,,my 2 are 5 1/2 and 7 now ,,and the bad times seem like a life time ago.Dont blame yr self for everything that goes wrong,,,,if you dont get the house done or forget to do something,,so what eh??there is always tmorrow,,,thats the way i got thro it anyway love...good luck with them,,,in another 3 yrs yr life will be bliss and worth all the effort

Stacey - posted on 03/20/2009

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Hey Jessie,

You have to take "ME TIME" at one point I had my oldest she was 3yrs and twins were 1 and a newborn....I just knew I was going to lose my mind. When my husband would come home I would just leave the house to get some quite. but I learned to make a good schedule durning the day and part of that needs to be for you. We (as Mothers) make schedules for our children but don't put the time in for us. Even if it is nap time that should be your time to sit and gather yourself, NOT cleaning up or cooking or doing laundry that should be your time.

Jessie - posted on 03/20/2009

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Quoting Adjoa:

Hey. I also have two kids under the age of 2. Nearly 16 month old twins. So i know exactly how your feeling. You just have to have a really organized schedule and establish a routine. You also have to make sure you have some 'me' time. Usually for me thats when the kids are in bed. And make sure you keep them busy during the day with toys and activities so they can play independently, with supervision of course. Hope this helps. Good luck :)



Thanks so much for your advice, and good luck to you as well!!!

Jessie - posted on 03/20/2009

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Thank you for your helpful advice. Sometimes I just need reminded that I'm not the only one that feels a little CRAZY at times.

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I know how your feeling...I got pregnant with my third child 5weeks after I had my second. They are 10 months apart. The toughest part was their sleeping schedules. Lack of sleep on your part can put you on edge to begin with. Do you have a preschool in your area, maybe try putting your kids in preschool a day or two a week for a few hours so they become accustomed to other kids and also it will give you time to do grocery shopping, go to appointments, just have mom time.

Angie - posted on 03/20/2009

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I ask myself the same question every single day.  My oldest is 18 months and my youngest is 5 months.  It is so crazy right now.  I just keep telling myself that in a few more months the youngest will be able to play more with big sister instead of just laying or sitting there.  Then it will get so much better, I hope!!  But I think the others are right, we have to have time for ourselves, even just 5-10 minutes a day to shower or read or take a walk.  That alone time helps to unwind and breath and relax so we can be better mommies to our wonderful children.

Shelly - posted on 03/20/2009

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jessie,



  One of the hardest things about be mom is taking care of our selves.  You need to find time for you even if it's just taking a bubble bath in the afternoon when the kids go down for a nap or what I have done is talked to my husband and tol him that I need one night a week were I can go out with my girlfriend and all we do is go out for coffee and thats my time for me to refill.  She great because if something is going on and I need to vent she will just sit there and let me...She's not real quick to jump on the band wagon and if she see that it is my fault she will call me on it...and it helps!!! And we share on paying the bill and figure that $ 5.00 every other week is affordable.  Just remember you need to find time for you!!! 

Windsor - posted on 03/20/2009

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BREATHE!! My kids were 22 months apart. The most important part is to make sure you give big brother or sister alone time with you! Make them feel apart of the babies life!

Melody - posted on 03/20/2009

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Hi jessie that is the hardest thing I will tell you I'm adjusting to it as well and there are moments when I feel like my head is going to explode but then there are moments I want to cry because its just so darn cute. I personally try and give them both equal attention if one is napping play with the other or when your spouse is home have him play with one while you get the other and then switch off.

Adjoa Anita - posted on 03/20/2009

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Hey. I also have two kids under the age of 2. Nearly 16 month old twins. So i know exactly how your feeling. You just have to have a really organized schedule and establish a routine. You also have to make sure you have some 'me' time. Usually for me thats when the kids are in bed. And make sure you keep them busy during the day with toys and activities so they can play independently, with supervision of course. Hope this helps. Good luck :)

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