Explaining to a two year old they are getting a sibling and how to prepare

Before the baby arrived we decided that we were going to get her some presents from her baby sister. She’s not a girly girl so not into dolls, but loves music so we got her a toy keyboard to play on. I wondered at the start how hard it was going to be explaining to a two year old they are getting a sibling.
We have been telling her for months that she’s going to be a big sister as a new baby is arriving from mummy’s tummy. She doesn’t quite grasp the idea but goes around saying “baby” quite often.
I suppose for me the hardest part was leaving her to go into hospital. I’ve never spent a night away from her. Plus being at home with her all the time when I started maternity leave leading up to the birth made her very clingy to me.
Explaining to a 2 year old they are getting a sibling

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The Sunday Pregnancy Diaries #2

How will I cope with a baby and a toddler?

I have many questions on how to cope with a baby and a toddler and here are a few to start with. Baby girl will be 2 years 2 months when baby number 2 arrives.

The Sunday Pregnancy Diaries #2 - How will I cope with a baby and a toddler?

How will I manage?

You see Baby girl is a little live wire. She’s into everything, want’s to be everywhere and doesn’t nap during the day anymore.

I stopped breastfeeding her at 18 months old. So I’m wondering how will she react to me breastfeeding a baby. She is still very clingy to me. Loves to sit on me loves to snuggle up and always wants her mumeee. I don’t want her to feel pushed away. I still want the same closeness with her.

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Brushing a Toddler’s Teeth – The Big Family Brush Up

It’s been such a long time since I did an update on baby girl, in fact her last one was at her 11 month Health Visitor checkup.

She has grown and developed loads in the past 5 months, the most noticeable thing is her pearly white smile with those gleaming white teeth.

Ever since baby girl’s first teeth popped through, I have been religiously teaching her that she must brush her teeth everyday. It’s a big part of our routine now. She has two little bottom front teeth and then her two big front teeth and not forgetting those two top front pointy teeth, so six milk teeth altogether.

I love how white and perfect they are, and I want to keep them that way!

Baby girl has her special first soft toothbrush and first toothpaste kept together in her little pot on the bathroom sink. She loves to brush her teeth.

I ask her around 6:30pm,

“Are you going to bed now?”

“Yes” she replies.

“Shall we go and brush your teeth?”

“Pleeeasee” she replies and then off she toddles to the bathroom.

Brushing teeth

I hold her up to the bathroom mirror and we brush her teeth together. She is so good at opening her mouth for me to brush her teeth at only 17 months old. I always pretend to brush my teeth with her so she will learn to understand that it’s what we all do. She is into copying everything I do at the moment!

Like any other toddler, I’m sure, she will try and eat the brush and suck the miniscule amount of toothpaste from the brush! I try to make it a fun game for her and not turn it into a chore.

She is now wanting to hold her brush herself and she does try to brush her teeth, it’s so cute!

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Essential Top Tips for Travelling with Toddlers

Now baby girl is a toddler, yes she is walking, falling, toddling about, I thought it was about time I looked into travel tips for toddlers. These can be tips for travelling an hour to see family and friends, or even travelling abroad on holiday.

Last year we travelled up country – from Cornwall to Derbyshire to see family. It was pretty hard going with an exclusively breast-fed 5 month old but we did it. So is it easier travelling with a toddler?

Hopefully it will be if you bear in mind my essential top tips for travelling with toddlers.

Essential top tips for travelling with toddlers

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11 Month Baby Review – Health Visitor

It’s been a while since I did the last review of baby girl, in fact that was her 9 month review. Later on I will let you know how we got on at the health visitor.

But first we come a long way since she was 9 months old in terms of her development. The biggest thing I’m so excited to share with you that I have to blurt out first is that she took her first few steps unaided!!! In New Years Eve as well!!! A fantastic start to 2017!!!!

11 Month Baby Review - Health Visitor
She had been building up to it for a few weeks. Cruising along the sofas gaining confidence all the time. I was sitting on the sofa opposite to my husband and she wanted to come over to me I could see it! So instead of holding on to everything to get to me she had her little arms out for balance and took those precious first 3 steps all by her self. We were so proud and so excited that both of us got to see her do it for the first time.

As each day goes past now she really is gaining her confidence and is finding herself that I know in no-time she will be running around.

So now I have a toddler!!

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Top Things To Add To Your Garden That Your Toddler Will Love

There are lots of reasons why you should allow your toddler to spend time in the garden. For one thing, the fresh air can be good for them. The open space allows them to run around and play without restriction. Also, you don’t have to worry about spills and marks when they are playing around in the garden. To make the garden extra fun for your child, here are some things that you can add that your toddler will love. Just be careful to ensure they are safe, and you keep an eye on your child while they are doing the below!

Top things to add to your garden that your toddler will love

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