Welcome to my new guest post series, Ponderings on Two, where I ask a different blogger and parent of more than one child, to share their experience of having a second child. This week, we hear from Petra, blogger at A Mum Reviews.
Tell me a bit about yourself, your family and your blog.
I’m Petra and I’m Swedish but live in England with my English husband and our two daughters aged four and two. My blog is A Mum Reviews and it’s a product review and lifestyle blog.
What age gap did you have between your first and second children? What’s their relationship like?
I planned to have an age gap of around 2.5 years and the actual gap is 2 years and 4 months which is great. My eldest hadn’t got too used to being the only child and adapted to being a big sister quickly. They have a great relationship and play with each other pretty much all day though they do argue sometimes too! A typical sister relationship, I would say.
I wanted my eldest to be potty trained by the time her little sister arrived to avoid having two children in nappies but she wasn’t ready until about 8 months later but it wasn’t a problem at all. One thing that was very helpful was that she was a great walker at the time her sister arrived which meant I didn’t need to get a double buggy.
What was the hardest thing about having a second child?
Splitting my time and attention between both children and making sure they both get what they need. Luckily, I got the better sleeper the second time around, so I wasn’t too tired in the newborn days after baby number two was born.
What was the best thing about having a second child?
Watching the sibling relationship develop and grow is the best thing. They love each other so much and it was very obvious from an early age. It’s still the best thing!
Were there any products that made life with an older sibling and a newborn easier?
A baby carrier! My youngest could sleep and feed in the baby carrier while we got on with other things like playing. It was also great for the few times we were out for longer and my eldest got tired and wanted to sit in the pushchair. A baby bouncer is also an essential as a safe place to put your baby and let her watch her surroundings while you spend time with your older child.
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What’s the best piece of advice you could give someone expecting their second baby?
The sibling bond will probably be the most special thing you’ve ever seen and it will make you feel very proud and happy. If you can, make sure you get some one on one time with each child so that they can both enjoy your full attention and you them.
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