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ENTERTAINING A TODDLER WITH A NEWBORN


Since Harrison has come along Amelia has been testing our patience. Which is understandable, she's been the main person in our lives for the past two and a half years of course she's not going to understand why she's not getting all of our attention or why she has to share it with him. When I was pregnant I was worried about how she would take to having a new baby around the house so I ensured that I included her in the conversation when we spoke about the baby, she would kiss and talk to my bump. We would play in the nursery and I would show her all of the baby items so she didn't feel left out in hope that this would allow her to adjust easily.



When Harrison is napping I make sure I spend as much time with her as possible. Not that I didn't before, but now that he's here I don't want her feeling left out. I remember when Amelia was a newborn I would be glued to the sofa feeding her so didn't want this to be the case this time round. Routine is key so I try to keep our days pretty similar to how it was before he came along. She still goes to playgroup with Nana on Monday's and Friday's which she loves and this gives me some quality time (and peace and quiet) for a couple of hours with Harrison. Amelia can be very hyperactive and doesn't like to sit still for longer than 30 seconds. As much as I love putting Frozen on the TV and sitting down on the sofa when Harrison is asleep we sit down together and draw, play with puzzles and play doh, read books and play with her toys.


ASDA recently very kindly sent us some new toys to play with to keep Amelia entertained during these early newborn days whilst we are all still adjusting and getting into a routine. I chose some toys which Harrison will also be able to play with when he's old enough too, plus Amelia has really been enjoying playing with cars at playgroup recently. I decided to select some educational and development toys such as the building blocks and car track set and also some play doh from the arts and crafts category seeing as Amelia loves her play doh. We also got Harrison his first development toy which will be great for him in a couple of months.


How did you entertain your older children when you had a new baby?

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3 comments

  1. Great post Kerry, this is something that very much worries me with Alfie when the new baby comes along and I think there is a similar age gap as yours plus he is so active I am constantly on my toes! so I've no idea how I'm going to entertain him!

    Helen - Beautiful Things (www.allthebeautifulthings.co.uk)

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  2. Great post for anyone with a toddler and newborn!

    I did pretty much the same as you are doing now! We had our own little routine, when my youngest Sophia would nap, my eldest Skye and I would do activities, like play doh, painting, crafting, watch a film together, was lovely to keep some time for just us two as this kept Skye happy! We would go for walks when I felt like we all could do with some fresh air, we went to the library every week for rhymetime which we all enjoyed, Sophia used to nap through it until she got abit older and sometimes we would venture to a toddler group. Now my eldest is in school but it's nice to look back on! Will be doing it all over again in July when baby #3 is due. x

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  3. Great post and extremely helpful!!
    Lx
    Http://workingmumy.blogspot.com

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