Login | Register
Share |

THREE Gift Hampers worth RM250 each to be won!! Click here for details

You are here: HomeArticles

Preparing For A Second Child

by Wyatt S Doolittle


Having a second child can make you a little nervous just thinking about juggling two kids and taking care of the family.  You may also be worried about the increased daily budget allocation you will have to consider once your second baby is born.  Although more than the budgetary concerns, most mothers are more concerned about raising two children well and helping them develop physically, mentally and emotionally.

Before you consider having another child, it is advisable that you focus first on your first child and give him a little time to be an only child for a while – at least three years – five is ideal.  However, as parents, we know that sometimes we can’t wait to have another baby because time is a-ticking or we want our children to have a close age range.  Whatever your reason, it is best to be prepared for a second child before he comes.

  1. Fix your finances.  A second child will mean more expenses on milk, diapers, baby furniture, clothes and trips to the doctor.  Although some of the baby stuff can be hand-me-downs from your firstborn such as crib, stroller and some clothes; a second child will still mean more expenses for you so it’s best to start saving for his arrival.  You will also need to put in more money into your emergency fund for incidentals.
  2. Prepare his quarters.  Where will your newborn sleep?  It might not be advisable to room him in with your first child especially if the older child is still in his toddlers because children are naturally curious beings and he could end up hurting the newborn or hurting himself.  He might also be irritated with the constant crying of a newborn and when this happens, you will have to pacify two very irate babies.
  3. Talk to your first child about the arrival of his sibling.  This is the most important task you will have to do before your second child is born.  You will have to explain to your first child what his role is going to be concerning his younger sibling.
  4. He may get jealous because they do not understand why you are not paying as much attention to him since the new baby came.  Involve him in the preparation for the new baby and explain the importance of being an older brother.  This way, he will not feel excluded.
  5. Ask for help!  A second child can be very overwhelming especially right after giving birth.  You will feel postpartum blues and this may greatly affect your mood and your emotional/mental health.  Before you feel that the world is on your shoulders, talk to your family and friends about having to ask for their help once in awhile once the baby is born.
  6. Better still, check out nanny and housekeeping services that you can call every now and then.  List down all the numbers of the people you’d want to call for help and post it where you can easily see it.  Fix a daily schedule for your firstborn so he will have activities that will occupy him if he is still not going to school.

About the Author
Steve works for MTBBN where you can search Baby Names


Related links:
Share |

Back to the main page

TOP

Pregnancy

Breastfeeding - A Father’s or Partner’s Involvement
Thyroid Problems and Pregnancy
Understanding Abdominal Pain During Pregnancy
Trying to Conceive - The DOs and DON’Ts
Contraception After Having a Baby
Do I Have Postnatal Depression?
The Top 7 Pregnancy Myths
What You Can Do During Pregnancy To Make Birth Easier
How to Emotionally Prepare for Pregnancy
Why And When Should I Do Pelvic Floor Exercises?
Am I Pregnant?
The Pregnant Couple
Dental Care and Pregnancy
I’m Gaining Too Much Weight During My Pregnancy. What Can I Do?
Predicting The Sex Of Your Baby
Quit It—How Smoking Harms Your Fertility And Your Chances Of Having The Healthy Baby Of Your Dreams
Rest & Recover
Pregnant and Beautiful
Antenatal care
Managing your pregnancy
Keep fit
Eat well
Discomforts and common concerns of pregnancy
Here comes Baby!
Cyber-smart Mums

Motherhood & newborn

Vitamin D and Your Baby
Biting
Diaper Care
Does My Behaviour Affect My Child?
Nutrition For Young Children (1 year and over)
Ensure Food Given To Your Baby Is Safe
Weight
Food-related choking in young children
How Safe are the Ingredients in your Baby Diaper Rash Products?
Fussy Eating
Is Babywearing Safe?
Preventing Diaper Rash
How to Create a Pregnancy Memory Album
Is Baby Safe In Your Bed?
Understanding Your Baby’s Skin
How to Answer Where Do Babies Come From
How to Help Your Child Cope With a Bully
How to Determine if Your Child Is Being Bullied
Munch into Veg and Fruit Everyday
Keeping Baby Safe Outside Your Home
Active Play for Children
Active Play for Babies
How to Travel With Children on Long Trips
Keeping Kids Happy During School Holidays
Tips To Help Your Preschooler Stop Thumb Sucking
Is Preschool Really Beneficial?
Colic in Babies
Returning To Work After Maternity Leave?
How Attached Is Your Toddler To Your Smart Phone Or Tablet?
How to Prevent Infant Flat Head
How to Teach Your Baby to Self Settle to Sleep
Tips for a Working Mom
How to Teach Manners to a Toddler
Keep Kids Safe Around Medicine
How To Breastfeed
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
New Dads: How to Bond With Your Baby
How to Develop Social Skills in Children
How to Teach Kids About Money
How to Prepare a Child for the First Day of School or Kindergarten
Fun Places For Kids In Malaysia
Children Safety On The Web
Children’s Dental Health
Preschooler development
Toddlers In Their Second Year
Adoption: Getting on the Same Page With Your Partner
Fathers and Their Impact on Children’s Well-Being
How to Be a SUPERMOM
Reading to Baby: When to Start and How to Do It Well
Preparing For A Second Child
How do you choose diapers?
Why My Baby Does Not Sleep Much?
Why Is My Baby Crying?
The Scoop On Newborns Poop
Newborn Pee Habits
What Does A Newborn Really Look Like?
How To Change Diaper For Your Newborn
How To Take Care Of Umbilical Cord?
Dettol Tips: Laundry
Dettol Tips: Hygiene in the Kitchen
Dettol Tips: Hygiene In The Workplace
Dettol Tips: Hygiene On Holiday
Dettol Tips: Hygiene with Baby
Investing Towards Your Children’s Education Fund - Part 2
Investing Towards Your Children’s Education Fund - Part 1
Tricks To Faster Potty Training
Children Obesity: Who To Blame?
Is Watching TV Bad For Babies?
Breastfeeding Myths
Welcome to Motherhood!
Get Ready
From hospital to home
Breastfeeding 101
Bath time for baby
Immunisation: What Every Parent Should Know
Starting on Solids
Baby’s First Year
Safety First!
My Special Child

TOP

Copyright 2010 Mamababyworld Sdn Bhd. All Rights Reserved. Email admin@mamababyworld.com