You’d think that being pregnant the second time would be a breeze, considering you already know what to do, what to eat and who to annoy with your mood swings. Though you might be a bit more knowledgeable about your pregnancy the second time around, you still have a major component of your life to deal with – your first born.
Along with your suddenly very needy child, you’ll need to manage time in such a way that its enough to give to your older child, the younger one that’ll arrive in a few months and yourself.
Here’s how you can do it all!
Prepare for go-time at least a few weeks in advance. You can’t obviously take your child with you to the hospital, especially if you go into labor in the middle of the night (on a school night, GASP!). Arrange for your parents or siblings to be at the house as soon as possible. And make sure your older kid is taken care of.
You already know you only need a few fashionable maternity hospital gowns for your second time. Pre-pregnancy clothes don’t fit well and only make you feel worse. Buy a wardrobe from a reliable store and stick to your budget.
Your diaper goes through a lot when it’s in use, so you might not even realize exactly how dirty that thing is. Wash your old diaper bag and stock with all the essentials you’ll need. This includes extra onesies, diapers, extra bottles and pacifiers and your trusty multi-functional nursing cover.
There’s nothing more annoying than a baby monitor that’s run out of battery. Check all the equipment you’ll be using once the baby arrives and replace the batteries when needed. Also keep some extra batteries at home so you don’t have to run out to buy them mid-day.
Times change, and so do insurance policy details. Talk to your insurance provider and make sure you’re up to speed on any new changes that have been made in your policy. The insurance you had at your first child’s birth might not be the same for your second one.
Not just for the baby, but for yourself as well. Toothpaste, a new toothbrush, shampoo, conditioner, toilet paper, body wash – anything you use on a daily basis. Buy extra and stock up on essential household items so you don’t run out of things. Also, check if there are any services or stores in your area that deliver to your home.
Hopefully with these basic tips, you’ll be well-prepared for when your next bundle of joy arrives!