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How did you cope with 2 under 2 ?

The feelings of shock and feeling overwhelmed can overtake when you realise you are going to have 2 under 2.  Managing sleep, keeping your toddler entertained, having enough time and energy for 2 children and having time for yourself are all valid concerns.

2 under 2 , two children under two Community question about having two children under 2

Help! I am pregnant and about to have 2 under 2. I have a 10 months old boy and I’m now 12 weeks pregnant with baby number 2. My 10 month old is full on and always on the go. Just wondering how others coped with two kids under two?

  • I had 2 under 2 then 3 under 3 then 5 under 5. We survived. Yes life was hectic but they have each other and routine was very important. Our kids are now 9, 9, 10,12& 13 You’ll be fine. You’ll soon forget what it was like to only have 1 and wonder what you were worried about Cass
  • Lots & lots of alcohol just kidding, be as organised as you can (ie pre cook n freeze meals) and make things as simple as poss, i also had a full on lil man (17 months old) wen his baby brother was born and u just have to accept that things like running quickly into a shop for milk or bread is not going to b quick or easy. I also had a 3 1/2 year old and just doing the food shopping was totally exhausting, i suggest u ask for as much help as u can. If u run out of milk dont be afraid to ask a family member or friend to grab it for u bcos juggling a toddler n a bub and shopping can be a lot wen they r tiny. Accept peoples offer to help, it will b hectic at times but remem it wont b like this for long the upside to it is that my boys (now 9 n 7) are inseparable, they are the best of friends and i wouldn’t have it any other way. Julie
  • I have 6 children 10 and under… the last 2 have a 14 month age gap… The hardest transition having children is going from one child to two children… Once you have your routine sorted you will be okay. Remember that it is okay to have PJ days and eat cereal for dinner. Just enjoy your babies and watch them grow into best friends. It can get overwhelming, but routine, routine, routine. You’ve got this!! Natasha
  • My three youngest are 1, 2 and 3. I wish someone had told me that having a newborn and a toddler at the same time WASN’T going to be the hard part. The hard part is when the baby is bigger and you have multiple toddlers at once. It’s so lovely when they play together and they are super close but when they act up and throw tantrums they do it at the same time too lol. Liah
  • My two are 10months apart (dd was 10months and one week when ds was born) and walking. We worked hard to keep dd in her routine and worked ds around her. We took every opportunity for help that was offered (food, cleaning, washing, conversation, taking ds or ds for a walk, a day, over night (with grandparents). It is full on but you do cope. For me, I called it surviving moments (when both needed me) and seriously you get to a point (dd is 24 months and ds is 14 months) and it’s the best thing ever (most days Jemima
  • My son was 8 months old when I found out I was pregnant with twins! I now have a 16 month old and 2 5 week olds my son was a bit sad and clinging at first but everything is going good now. Still early days though Emily
  • I had 2 in 16 months and it was hard for the first few weeks then everything became easy once routine was established. Dont be scared just embrace it. Catriona
  • I found out baby 3 was on the way when I had a 5yo and a 2 month old and no license with there dad working full time it was tough but I managed the hardest for me was when I had morning sickness in the beginning and couldn’t stop being sick and my bub was crying for a feed I guess its a matter of do what you can but don’t beat your self up about the thing u can’t Tracy
  • You will be fine. Of course theres hard times, but all worth it. Mine boy & girl are 16months apart & r like best friends Rachael
  • it comes naturally! I had 2 under 2, then 3 under 3, then 4 under5!!! It’s crazy, but us mums just adapt, we’re awesome like that!! Goodluck! Perri
  • routine is the biggest thing that way it’s easier to slip bubs in around your toddler. I have a 3 month old & a 2 year old. You will be busy but structure & routine will be your best friend Jessica
  • I have a 2 year old a 10 month old and 26 weeks with our third, one this bub arrives I will have 3 under two and a half.. You will have good days and bad days, it can get pretty full on, but it is all worth it. My kids love playing together, and I know all 3 of them will be really close and hopefully all have the same group of friends like myself and two sisters did! Ben-Elise
  • I have two under 2, well ones 1 & other 2, they are 14 months apart, it was great when I was on maternity leave but now even being back at work for about 7 months, I find routine is the best thing, dinner, bath, book & bed, although I find it hard to stick in that order especially for us who live in a granny flat & need to use my parents bathroom, but if you have your own house or renting would be much easier & having separate rooms. Some days are always harder than others, but remember that there’s always another day Camille
  • I have a 5 year old , 18 month old & 4 month old its extremely difficult to do anything … forget going grocery shopping or even leaving your house without a helper and when they are sick or 1 is it becomes a lot harder.. im hoping it gets easier Tim
  • I’m in your situation. I have a 14 month old and I’m 27 weeks with #2. Ds will be 18 months when his little sister gets here. I know it’s going to be challenging, but this is what we wanted. I just want to focus on enjoying both of my children. We can do it! Leeanndra
  • I had 2 under 12 months. It can be done. Jannette
  • I had 2 under 2 it was hectic at first but got better routines are important I was taking it a day at a time Kaleena
  • My oldest (now 13yrs old) was 3 months old when I fell pregnant with his brother, my daughter (3rd child) came along 2 years later..after a 10 year gap I know also have a 20 month old and near 2 week old girls..I find getting my 20 month old to help me with her sister example carrying the nappy to the change table..plus when baby asleep and if she still up spend some quality time with her..it’s hectic and can be stressful at times but I wouldn’t change it for the world..you’ll learn a routine with the little ones which will make life a lot easier Sandy
  • I have 2 under two plus a four year old. It gets very busy and at times it is hard but just remember that you are not a super hero and no one should expect you to be. If you feel overwhelmed, tell someone about it. Talk to someone. Online shopping is wonderful. it is quick and easy and coles do free delivery on Wednesdays. If friends and family offer help, take it! And if your lucky enough to get them both asleep at the same time during the day, just rest with them. House work can wait. Good luck with your pregnancy. Tarsha
  • I have 2 under 14 months and its very hard. I cherish the time whrn they’re both asleep just so I can have a breather. Try and get family or friends to help as much as possible in the first few months..im hoping it gets easier by the time the youngest sleeps through the night and/or starts sitting up on his own Anna
  • We have 4 under 3 (all boys!) And you just manage take the help when it’s offered. And ROUTINE ROUTINE ROUTINE! The 1st 6 months is the hardest but it does get easier Stacey
  • I will have 8 children soon, 21,18, 15, 13, 5, 2, 1 and due with #8 in just 10 weeks. Life is busy but the hardest thing for me has been very pregnant and having little ones to carry/lift around. Be organized and don’t make fast and hard appointment times as you will mostly always be late Kellie
  • routine is the only way I can cope I have 3 under 3 and they are all full on Tiffanny
  • I’m not going to lie it’s hard but you learn to manage! I’m due with #3 in Feb 15′ and I will have 3 under 3!! Shannon
  • You get used to it. Mine are 17 months apart (both girls) oldest turned 2 three weeks ago. For the most part it’s great & they like each other. Teaching the oldest “gentle” & that it’s not ok to poke a newborn in the face when they were 17 months was challenging though. Tanties & feed time also seem to coincide but when they giggle & smile at each other all is good! Apryl
  • Ha! You don’t really lol. It’s hard work but very rewarding. Some days just have to be written off and think I’ll do things differently the next day! First few months are hard but it gets so much better. You will enjoy it Trisha
  • My girls are 21 months apart. When I would feel tired I use to put a movie on and lay down with my daughter or we would go into bed together, snuggle up and read a story until she fell asleep, then I’d go to sleep. If that didn’t work I use to lock ask the doors I didn’t want her to go in and I’d let her play while I had a nap on the couch. If she made a mess I use to just think I’ll deal with it later. She was pretty good though 9 times out of 10. Then when my youngest arrived my oldest was still having sleeps during the day. I use to put them down together, then I’d rest or lay down watching tv. I wouldn’t answer my phone or door because that was my time of two hours of bliss. You get use to the crazy days. It’s funny how you just adapt on little energy Sarah
  • I had my daughter when my son was 13months old it was difficult but as long as you have at least one person who is there for you frequently, you’ll be fine Sally
  • I have 2 under 2 and my youngest was premature u will b fine.2 my premature daughter has sever reflux and is on nexium she is really settled now she has been on it since she was 2 months old Candice
  • Thank your lucky stars! I had my 1st 2 just 12 months apart! You just learn to cope, I actually found it easier with 2 12 months apart than I did adding #3 18 months later! Crystal
  • I had 2 under 2 just wait till they are both at school it is heaven! You will be a zombie for a few years and it is not fun but they will be great friends. So glad we had ours close together. Bree
  • I have a 18 month old and a 12 week old. You will be fine just remember to shut doors especially to bathroom and toilet I don’t know how many rolls of toilet paper I have pulled out of toilet after feeding the baby along with toys and the last one was the house phone ! Tammie
  • I have 2 under 2 man its hard sometimes but we manage and its getting better my eldest not long turned 2 and my little one is 9 months they r best friends (both boys) it gets radost Jessica

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