When you have an older child at home and a newborn on the way, it can be hard to know how to cope. As joyful of an experience it is to have another baby, 65% of women report feeling less happy after the birth of their second child due to the overwhelming stress, while 40% of men feel less satisfied with the relationship, the blog FiveThirtyEight reveals. But while having another child is a challenge for many parents, it’s nothing you can’t handle. And getting organised before your baby arrives can help make the transition to life with another bundle of joy as easy as possible.
Organize your baby supplies
You’ll have one less thing to worry about on car journeys if you keep the necessary baby supplies packed in your car ready to go. Fill a bag with the essentials: fresh diapers, wipes, clothes, and a spare blanket. You may also want to keep toys to keep your older child amused on long journeys.
Australian families spend an average of $281 a week on one child, $232 on the second, and $193 on the third child. Save money by reusing baby items you already own, such as, clothes, cribs, strollers, and high chairs. Just be sure all second-hand items still meet current safety standards.
Prepare food in advance
Stock your freezer with nutritious home cooked dinners. Make double batches so it lasts you even longer. Of course, you’re not always going to have the time or energy to grocery shop — let alone cook — once baby arrives. Grocery subscription boxes are the ideal solution. You simply order your groceries online and they’re delivered to your door — giving you all you need to whip up a quick, simple, and delicious meal for your family.
Look after yourself
Taking care of your own needs is important — if mum suffers, everyone suffers! Relax in the evening with a scented bubble bath. Treat yourself to a cut and blowout. And don’t compromise on sleep! Getting enough shut-eye is crucial for your health and ability to keep up with a growing family. Power nap as often as you can. Devote a few hours to sleep in the evening while dad takes care of baby.
Lastly, second-born kids are often the hardest, so ask for support if you need it. Ask a close family member to help look after the baby and give you a chance to rest. Alternatively, check out the support offered by your community. There are great classes and programs that provide social support for young families.