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Things to do with a baby and an older child

Date: May 21, 2014 Author: Bumpkins Team Categories: #TheBumpkinsDifference, Things to make and do

Things to do with a baby and an older child

Having your first baby is an amazing experience and most parents find themselves able to be completely baby­-centric as they only have one child on which to focus. However, when you have your second child, it’s not so simple and you’ll find yourself having to share your attention between two, which can be even tougher if there’s a big age gap between your baby and older child.

We’ve come up with a list of tips and activities that you can try, which will enable you to be attentive enough with both children so that no­-one feels left out, and you don’t feel as though you’ve been torn in half.

Cinema

Image from www.tynesidecinema.co.uk

Image from www. tynesidecinema. co.uk

Many cinemas, especially small, independent theatres, have an early matinee, aimed at families. If your baby is small enough, you can carry them in a sling and take your older child to see a film. These showings are often filled with young children, who will be making noise during the film, so most people won’t be too cross if a baby cries. If you’re super prepared you can either go between feeds or have one prepared (or a nipple ready to pop into baby’s mouth!) to minimise crying. We’d recommend you try this as a two­ adult activity, in case baby’s cries get too much and you need to step outside for a moment, but there’s no reason you can’t have a successful trip with a baby and an older child in tow.

 

Fashion Shows

Image from www.goodtoknow.co.uk

Image from www.goodtoknow.co.uk

It may not be hugely PC to suggest that you turn your children into mini­models, but most children we know (both boys and girls) love to dress up. When it’s baby’s feeding time and you have nothing else to do but sit in a chair and administer milk, give your older child a pile of clothes, dress­ – up gear and your old dress jewellery and have them parade around for you while you feed the baby. They’ll love the chance to dress up (and the attention you lavish on them when you clap and cheer!) and you’ll love seeing the zany outfits they put together.

Swimming

Image from www.naturallyhealthyparenting.com

Image from www. naturally healthy parenting.com

If your baby has had their jabs and you live near a leisure centre with a childrens’ pool, both of your babies will love bobbing around in warm water for an hour. Weightlessness means that you won’t have to worry about being able to carry both children at once, and you can get some really clever floatation devices for babies which could make your life a whole lot easier. Encourage your older one to show you how many widths they can swim, how well they can jump in or how long they can hold their breath for and they’ll be more than entertained. Some pools have rules about ratios of adults to children, but it’s usually 1:2, so if you’re just taking a baby and an older child, you should be fine.

 

 

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