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Ideas for Entertaining a Toddler While Feeding a Newborn

This is a guest post by Sarah, from Project Mum There is no doubt that the leap from one child to two children is wonderful but extremely challenging as you try to juggle the needs of a demanding toddler with those of a newborn baby. I gave birth to my second son a month ago […]

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  • sarah stevens

    Thanks for the ideas. I know we should all know some of this stuff already, but I guess from lack of sleep and frustration (when your two year old is going nuts when you are taking care of a baby) it is not easy to think of these things. So it is awesome to have someone help turn the light bulb on in our brains. I usually read to my daughter while I am feeding, but it doesn’t always help. Then she starts getting into trouble because she knows that she can. Love your website and again thank you for posting ideas on your blog.lReplyCancel

    • Thank you for your lovely message Sarah, I agree sometimes you just need somebody to let you know what they do to help you through the process. I feel for you, I had 2 year old twins when trying to feed my youngest, they can get up to mischief!!ReplyCancel

  • Oh I love those sensory bottles! I am all out of toddlers now (my youngest is 3) but you know what, I think she would still get a kick out of one of those. And we do have a couple of toddlers who visit, so maybe I can still justify making one :)ReplyCancel

  • Georgina @ Craftulate

    Thanks Sarah for featuring Craftulate!ReplyCancel

  • Hayley

    There are some great ideas here. Where did you buy the. Blank board books from?ReplyCancel

  • Am always looking for creative ways to entertain my little man (13 months). The young toddler is a hard age group to entertain as they haven’t quite got some of the skills they need for certain activities (ie a short attention span), but still like to be entertained. A fantastic post!!ReplyCancel

  • […] flash cards that he can play with to learn the alphabet. There are some other fun ideas at Project Mum you might like to check […]ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    I’ve made the sensory bags and the bottles for my Playgroup for the same reason – we have a lot of 2 and under littlies. Filling a bottle with baby oil and glitter works GREAT! Use a mixture of fine and chunky glitter, and add sequins, beads, foil scatters, googly eyes – anything that is interesting to look at. Or try mixing blue water with baby oil to make a wave bottle. Tip – Use a hot glue gun to seal the lids and use powerade bottles – the tougher plastic will bounce when dropped.ReplyCancel

  • What a great collection of ideas! Awesome!ReplyCancel

Pregnancy and Baby Planner

I have received quite a few emails asking for help in preparing for babies arrival and checklists of everything needed for bub.  So I took this all one step further and created the ultimate Pregnancy and Baby Planner.   This planner is a digital download, available instantly after purchase.  It is designed to keep everything […]

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  • Melanie

    This is amazing and just what I am needing, this pregnancy has been a struggle and I am on a lot of medication at the moment, I also can’t keep a few food down so will be great to record it in the daily schedule food box, when I start to get sick I can look back and work out what food doesn’t agree with me. You think of everything thank you Kat, I love the planner.ReplyCancel

  • Jacqui

    Just brought this, Kat it is amazing…. thank you.ReplyCancel

  • i was just thinking yesterday to message you about something like this :) thanks for all your work you help me out so much you are an inspirationReplyCancel

    • Your very welcome, hope you enjoy the planner. I certainly wish I had something like this when I was pregnant. :)ReplyCancel

      • this is my second and i am not quite as organised as i feel i should be. I have MS and cant do to much without feeling tired on the best of day now im pregnant running round after and 2 year old and working parttime i think im a glutten for punishment :S im sure this will help me out tremendously do you have any good ideas for potty training my little girl likes sitting on the potty and knows when she is doing something but hasnt put the two together yetReplyCancel

  • […] Check it out: http://theorganisedhousewife.com.au/printables/pregnancy-and-baby-planner/ […]ReplyCancel

Decorating babies nursery

So you all know our first pregnancy we had twins, and I am such an impatient person I couldn’t wait to find out what we were having so I could prepare their room and buy their clothes.  We had a boy and a girl.  Because they were sharing a room together we made it gender […]

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  • Jess @ myheartisyourhome

    Some of these ideas are just beautiful!
    I LOVE the curtain in the first nursery… so pretty!ReplyCancel

  • Darisa Franks Hashim

    I love the alphabet in the frames in the nursery. Where did you purchase the frames? ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    I love the alphabet wall and was interested in doing something similar in my daughters nursery. Where did you purchase the letters from?ReplyCancel

If I had babies again, I wish I could use these handy products

It’s only been 8 years since I had a baby, but I used most of what I had from the twins and wow, I have noticed so many great new gadgets on the market that I wish I could have used when my kids were younger. Then…I made all the kids baby food, one big […]

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  • I loved the concept of the freezer pods for my twins but the truth is the portions were never bit enough for my two. They both ate alot when they first started eating pureed veggies. My two had bumbos they got them a little late but they really helped the girls were both sitting up on their own with in a week. They loved being fed in them and sitting in them in front of the tv. I have a cute photo of one of them falling asleep in one. We had battery operated swings for the twins I would have died without them.ReplyCancel

  • Nat

    Just a tip..you might want to remove the bit about putting a Bumbo on the bench…it is not recommended and many children have gotten hurt from falling out of it and down to the floor :(ReplyCancel

{Giveaway} Closer to Nature – Sangenic Nappy Wrapper System

Sangenic – Nappy Wrapper System Everything you need to lock away germs and odours and make baby changing time simple When closer to nature read that I was looking after my niece for 4 days late last year they wanted to send me one of their Sangenic Nappy Wrapper Systems to try and review.  I […]

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  • One essential item I couldn’t do without in the nursery? There isn’t just one! But definitely high on the list is this sangenic nappy wrapping system. I did not have one with my first two bubs. I would love one now as my third bub is due in May. Fingers crossed!!ReplyCancel

  • lisa

    I used to think baby wipes were the one thing you couldn’t be without in a nursery then I,ve just read your post. now I think it must be a nappy system. It looks perfect for me as I live on rural property and am reliant on hubby to take our rubbish to the dump. Sometimes it sits around for a while waiting and I was dreading the left over nappy smell. Looks like a nappy system is going on the wish list.ReplyCancel

  • I couldn’t live without my changetable that i can remove from my cot no bulky changetables taking up spaceReplyCancel

  • We had one of these with bub number 1 and loved it!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Veljanovska

    My Change Table but more for the Organising Factor rather than Changing Bubs. I normally Change him on the Couch.ReplyCancel

  • One thing I couldnt be without in baby’s nursery is a nappy changing station, complete with a nappy disposal system!!ReplyCancel

  • OOOO been after one of these for ages!!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Waters

    i would love this, as I’m expecting my first child in may, this would make changing time a whole lot easier.ReplyCancel

    • Susan

      I’m all for making the difficult job of mothering easier in any way possible so that we can enjoy the benefits and having a sweet bub.ReplyCancel

  • with the stinkers that my boy does this would be tremendous!ReplyCancel

  • I have double the love but unfortunately double the dirty nappies!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica G

    I’ve often wondered if these are worth the $, so to win one would be fantastic! As my bub gets older & stinkier, I definitely see the value in them more every dayReplyCancel

  • Eunice

    For me, it will be the changing table. I’ve been getting back aches from wearing baby and carrying him, so the change table reduces the frequency of me bending up and down.. Of cos, this system will be useful!ReplyCancel

  • NB2112

    What a fantastic idea, there are so many nifty things that i must research before our first baby arrives! It is overwhelming actually how many things there are!ReplyCancel

  • NB2112

    i think that this nappy disposal system is one thing i couldn’t be without in my babys nursery. It makes life easy, mess free and hygenic!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny S

    My essential nursery item is a night light! No tripping over things because you’re too scared to turn on the light in case it wakes up bubba! :)ReplyCancel

  • Michelle M

    This system would be awesome for my friend and new mum, as a baby gift. They would absolutely love it.ReplyCancel

  • I would love one of these, especially if it hides the smell of a number 2. Nappy bags dont do a thing and i bag everything more than once.ReplyCancel

  • My essential nursery item would be a book for my boys to read whilst they are getting changed. Without one their little hands go straight down for a play below ;)ReplyCancel

  • With two in nappies this would be a blessing for our household!ReplyCancel

  • One of these nappy disposal systems would be fantastic so i could stop triple bagging nappies as the current method fails to keep the smell downReplyCancel

  • I think our nappy bin was fantastic when my 2 were little!ReplyCancel

  • I am due end of April and this would just be perfect for the new babies nursery as it would help out a lot rather than walking from one end of the house to the other to put into a bin especially as I will be having a cesaraneReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    Would have to be my change table, so easy to have everything right there all organised and you don’t have to pick baby up just to go to the cupboard to get something you forgotReplyCancel

  • Bec

    Definitely a mobile above the change table or some toys to keep them occupied while changing them! :)ReplyCancel

  • A mobile above the change table to distract himReplyCancel

  • I couldn’t be without my nappy change station. Everything close at hand where it is needed, and this item definately wouldn’t go astray!!ReplyCancel

  • Billie MacGinley

    Totally agree with the people who have said the mobile above the change table, although we didn’t put it up until our boys started to roll, so it was an entirely new toy to distract them with!ReplyCancel

  • joe

    A Sangenic Nappy Wrapper System with its unbeatable quality and style will keep baby and mama content mile after mile.ReplyCancel

  • tammy

    would be lovely for my sister– whos due with her first baby soon <3ReplyCancel

  • Bev

    i cant live with out the nappy stacker, with twins its so handy to have the nappies organized and readyReplyCancel

  • Ashley

    Definitelythe mobile above the change table, our little one hated having his nappy changed. It was a perfect distraction.ReplyCancel

  • The one thing I could not have lived without is my girlfriend. She would often drop off a lunch for me and hold my daughter while I ate it. Good Girlfriends are the best.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Buttery

    Definetly a little box of toys I had beside the change table I could grab to distract bub while I changed her. But a Sangenic nappy wrapper system would just be heaven!ReplyCancel

  • Elisha Casagrande

    Definitely photos of our puppies and our family. Daily reminders to our baby of those that love and support them.ReplyCancel

  • Kristy Philpott

    My change tabel, it has everything I could ever need stacked underneath, so it is always right there ready to go.ReplyCancel

  • My good old rocking chair, well used in the middle of the nightReplyCancel

  • Katherine

    I love having a chest of drawers as our change table. Makes it so easy to pull out the top drawer with everything I need right there, ready to go, but then push it closed and everything is tidy and packed away where those little hands can’t pull it all out to play…!!ReplyCancel

  • ACasa

    A nightlight. How many times I walked into that room during the night…we had a pale green light… really soft glow. Just perfect for the 10pm, 11:30pm, 12:00pm, 2:00am, 2:45am feeds. Ahh the memory.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Great idea. This is so handy, it’s right up there with the many strategically placed mobiles to entertain and distract bubReplyCancel

  • Tanya

    My favourite thing in a nursery has to be a night light. Great for quickly checking on bubs or for midnight feeds.ReplyCancel

  • Definitely need a nappy bin with a good system. For my first boy we didn’t have anything like that and just used nappy bags that were usually left in a pile on the floor until someone picked them up at the end of the day. These systems are so must better and more hygienic.ReplyCancel

  • Jaie

    definitely a change table that has shelving under to keep everything you need on hand well organised!ReplyCancel

  • definately toys to keep bubs occupied when she was at the movement stage!ReplyCancel

  • nadine

    drawers under the changetable for all the necessary bits and bobs.ReplyCancel

  • Jess

    My best friend is pregnant and I couldnt be more excited – Not a mother myself but I seem to be the walking bible for friends and family due to having younger siblings that are 8 -12 years below me. I think you can not live without a basket full of whipes, creams, powder a few nappies etc – so that you can grab the basket and go to where baby is rather then moving the baby if they are asleep or are settled.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa White

    A change table! My back has thanked me for it :)ReplyCancel

  • Hannah

    excellent giveaway! I’ve grown children now and could have done with one of these, but my pregnant friend would love this!ReplyCancel

  • Dan

    Baby number five is on the way so this would be awesome as my youngest will still be in nappies as wellReplyCancel

  • A change table with shelving to keep everything close at hand ReplyCancel

  • nappy wipes not only to they clean bums they clean faces and hands and feetReplyCancel

  • Karla Thompson

    Baby #2 due any day, I couldn’t do without a my comfy feeding chair.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Jones

    I can’t do without wet wipes, which has multifunction. Sometimes I use them to clean the change table too.ReplyCancel

  • Kel Kelly

    Wetwipes!! They are so multi-purpose and handy to have.ReplyCancel

  • Change table at the right height to prevent a broken back! ReplyCancel

  • Dawn Taylor

    When any of my friends have a baby I buy them a start up set of organic shampoo, bathwash, and those kind of products to last for the first three months of the babies life. I couldn’t afford any of those products when mine were born, but would have loved themReplyCancel

  • kelly mccabe

    my sister has just had a beautiful baby girl, would love to win this for her :)ReplyCancel

  • this would be so handy with new bubs on the way!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole kent

    My calendula cream…I use it on everything from nappy rash, to eczema, to sore cracked nipples! I love this stuffZ,ReplyCancel

  • Wet wipes-so handy!!ReplyCancel

  • Sudocream. That stuff is a miracle worker for bottons and rashes etc for the body. I swear by it.ReplyCancel

  • Dannielle Hall

    my essential item would have to be my glider chair! it was a god send when i was breastfeeding and spent many sleepless (but comfy) nights in it!ReplyCancel

  • jay2abbey

    Baby wipes are a must have.ReplyCancel

  • Our feeding chair sometimes rocks us both to sleep while we are having a cuddle ?ReplyCancel

  • Mick Gillies

    Being short I would be lost without my nifty little single step to give the height and reach I needReplyCancel

  • petrie46

    nappy wipes and washer power and room deodrantReplyCancel

  • Dean Brandt

    I find that the antibacterial gel that I use on my hands before and after changing bubs is a must have in our nursery.ReplyCancel

  • Rocking chair, cuddles and night time storiesReplyCancel

  • My nursery must have is a rocking chair. It made the middle of the night cuddle sessions alot more comfortable. A close second place would be a well stocked, well laid out change table.ReplyCancel

  • Change TableReplyCancel

  • This looks amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Jessie Hay

    nappies!ReplyCancel

  • with my third it was the rocking recliner chair (didnt have one with the first 2 as there was no room) it helped with the night feeds and right next to that being a well stocked bedside table with water, paw paw cream, nibbles, breast pads, books just about everything you would need so you didnt have to get up or wake hubby up in the middle of the nightReplyCancel

  • Change table as it has saved my back!ReplyCancel

  • Lea

    Soft light and comfy chair, to make night time feeding calmer and easierReplyCancel

  • My change table as it used daily sand it stores so much out of reachReplyCancel

  • Trish

    My IKEA rocking chair and foot rest – perfect for feeding and especially those times bub just wants to cuddle in the early morning!ReplyCancel

  • My rocking chair…I spend all my day sitting there,making the baby go to sleep..other times i kick back and relax there,go to facebook, enter competitions etc!I love it………ReplyCancel

  • Stacey Shailer

    The change table – a saviour after I had an emergecy c-section with my first and later on when I was heavily pregnant!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    the rocking chair – soothing a baby with a bit of motion (and saving my back in the process!!)ReplyCancel

  • Sharee

    Just had bubba number 5, this is such a versatile, great idea.ReplyCancel

  • Keiza07

    The one essential nursery item I couldn’t do without is my combination chest of drawers and change table. With limited space in the nursery I love the extra storage I get for babies things and the practicality of the furniture, everything has its purpose.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina06

    A soft light so when baby wakes at night I can still see without baby fully waking or startling from sudden brightness.ReplyCancel

  • flickadee

    Nappies!!!! by far I couldnt live without nappies for my bub in the nursery, who wants to go bashing though the house looking for Nappies at 3amReplyCancel

  • A night light, a can barely see in the dark as it is :)ReplyCancel

  • Christy van Heerden

    a good nightlight for 3am feeds. The overhead light is way to bright and wakes bub up!ReplyCancel

  • Wipes! Essential for so many things!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    PowderReplyCancel

  • Narelle

    his sophie the giraffe – keeps his hands from touching poo when i change him!!ReplyCancel

  • Jessie

    Corn flour for nappy rash, best remedy I have found with my 3 boysReplyCancel

  • Definitely the Changing Table!ReplyCancel

  • simone

    curash cream it gets rid of all rashes fastReplyCancel

  • couldnt go a day without wipesReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    Baskets for orgainizationReplyCancel

  • melissa

    baby wipes…not just for the obvious bum change but great for a quick wipe over of dusty furniture, toys etcReplyCancel

  • melissa

    whoops! I just read the entry for the day before! wipes are the way to go!ReplyCancel

  • Anneliza

    A change table- makes it so much easier on my back.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Morrison

    The fan! Lifesaver at drowning out my noisy neighbours on weekends during nap time!ReplyCancel

  • Judith Senese

    This is such a wonderful and useful competition… thank youReplyCancel

  • One thing I couldn’t live without in my baby’s nursery is the cot – kind of obvious LOLReplyCancel

  • closer to nature are one of my favourite baby brands. i couldnt live with out my steriliserReplyCancel

  • Tina

    nappies :)ReplyCancel

  • Cot, change table, nappies, wipes and a nappy wrapper system are essentials.ReplyCancel

  • nappies, wipes and cot :)ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah

    A well stocked change table is essential!ReplyCancel

  • wipes, wipes and more wipes. sometimes disposable gloves would be good too heheReplyCancel

  • Katie

    Definitely the change table with a drawer!ReplyCancel

  • My daughter is expecting her first bubba and the one thing I suggest is a comfy rocking chairReplyCancel

  • Maria Pennisi

    Two hands are needed for wriggly, wriggly babies.ReplyCancel

  • SGladman

    Talcum powder, I know it might sound simple but often it’s the smallest things in life that can have the biggest impact.ReplyCancel

  • You can never have enough wipes!ReplyCancel

  • A night light and baby wipes.ReplyCancel

  • My change table! I have a bad left arm and being able to change my son without having to bend is a godsend!ReplyCancel

  • LM

    my daughter is having her first baby and from my experience with my own 3 children, i would say a change table and somewhere hygenic to put the napies, nothing worse than bending over changing nappies on a bed and having no where to put the soiled nappiesReplyCancel

  • Melissa Tulett

    Nappies! (a well stocked up amount in an organised changetable!)ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    our battery operated baby rocker! it was the best thing to settle my daughter – we even sometimes used it during the night!ReplyCancel

  • A change table is the one essential item I couldn’t live without in my babies nursery.ReplyCancel

  • Karen C

    The mobile above the change table. Without it, my son would squirms like crazy (and without a nappy on, that can get messy). With it, he is mesmerised and I can put a nappy on without dramas.ReplyCancel

  • Baby wipes for sure! They are a modern miracle, (not just for babies bottoms) and i couldnt live without them! :)ReplyCancel

  • A night light so I can see where I’m going during those midnight feeds when I’m half asleep.ReplyCancel

  • Glennie

    A baby monitor! I’m a worry wart and it’s important to hear every little noise. Handy especially if I’m up the other end of the house.ReplyCancel

  • pictures on the wall for my baby to look at, ones of his siblings as well as us, so he sees them first thing when he wakes up in the morning.ReplyCancel

  • A lamp with low voltage bulb for late night feeds and nappy changes!ReplyCancel

  • Catie Fielder

    I love my glider rocking chair, its great while breastfeeding especially for those overnight feeds and its also awesome for cuddles before bed.ReplyCancel

  • Kaz Purtill-Wright

    Having my son after two girls, I quickly decided that an essential nursery item was a dry face washer to put over his doodle as soon as I take his nappy off because he would always wee on me.ReplyCancel

  • Sally B

    Perfect prize with baby number two on the way!ReplyCancel

  • Definitely a nappy disposal system that is efficient!ReplyCancel

  • J.k

    I couldn’t do without my Huggies wipes and the container it comes in! Something simple but essential so there is no sound from the plastic wipes bag when changing baby at night! However I frequently put the nappy down and forget to throw away after a night feed only to go in in the morning to a bad smell :/ this bin system would be fantastic!
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50 alternative uses for baby wipes

Those many years ago when I was pregnant with my twins I was so grateful to receive practical gifts at my baby shower, such a nappies, lotions, Tupperware (maybe that’s when the obsession began) and baby wipes.  It wasn’t long after the twins were born I learnt that they reacted to a particular brand of […]

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  • julie mcdonald

    I carry Kleenex Wet Wipes in my handbag at all times but have a box of Huggies wipes in our four wheel drive. I spilled raspberry cordial on the back seat of my car once and just sopped up the excess then left 3-4 wipes sitting on top of the stain. After an hour, the colour was completely gone with no trace of stain. They are brilliant things!ReplyCancel

    • they would of been perfect to pick up the sticky cordial…versatile!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Barton-Collins

    My favourite is to clean the car interior. I must buy some more! Looking forward to meeting you on Saturday!
    xxReplyCancel

  • Shelley

    Most wipes contain parabens and other nasties so you really shouldn’t use on your face. All of the other ideas are great though!ReplyCancel

  • s. davey

    clean outside of toilet and kids potty training seatReplyCancel

  • mamafox

    I can’t imagine not having wipes in my life now. Especially in the car. Saved us when travelling with a car sick baby, wiped down the leather upholstery, wiped down the child, less time on the side of the road in the rain :)ReplyCancel

  • Sindi

    I find wipes are great if your animals or child have had a wet ‘accident’ on carpet. Just leave a few over the mark and they should soak up. If it is a lot, try clean with a damp cloth first then leave the wipes on for a few hours/overnight. They will turn yellow and it is amazing how much they soak up.ReplyCancel

    • That is a great tip Sindi, never thought of leaving them on a wet spot overnight. Thanks for sharing :)ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    The shocking use for baby wipes I have found is they cut through grease on your hob splashback/tiles. I’ve tried many sponges/products to remove the grease from our stainless steel cooker hood but nothing comes close to baby wipes!! Makes me wonder what’s in them and we’re using them on our babies bottoms!ReplyCancel

    • That is very scary indeed. 2 of my kids have very sensitive skin and there was one popular brand that always hurt their skin.ReplyCancel

  • […] 50 alternative uses for baby wipes from The Organised Housewife […]ReplyCancel

  • Angelina

    I wouldn’t recommend using it for toilet paper as tr alcohol and other chemicals could be very harsh and harmful to such delicate sensitive areas ;)ReplyCancel

    • Terri-Ann

      Considering wipes are for babies bums, can’t see why couldn’t use as toilet paper, as long as not flushing them…. … I have damaged my leather lounge from using baby wipes on it.ReplyCancel

    • blu-k

      yes, and they are not biodegradable so should not be flushed down the loo.ReplyCancel

  • Donna

    YOU HAVE TO WIPE YOUR CAT’s BUTT???ReplyCancel

  • […] of wipes, and as such, Swipes can replace most of these, around the house and out and about. I read this list from The Organised Housewife, and as she accurately states, “Please remember, using wipes as […]ReplyCancel

12 things to know when pregnant

Over the next 2 weeks on the blog I want to share with you some of my tips to organise for a new baby.  Unfortunately I didn’t take photo’s of my nursery organisation when the kids were little (that was 10 and 8 years ago), but I will certainly find some great inspiration for you […]

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  • Sarah

    I’m so excited you will be doing some posts on preparing for a baby. My husband and I have been trying for almost 2 years now. I have started putting a few bits and pieces away and have even thought about making a start on the room that will be the nursery (part of my ‘if you built it, they will come ‘ mantra) although some ppl have told me they think this is crazy. Would love to get you and your readers opinions :) ReplyCancel

  • Pregnant atm and having trouble setting up for baby with a roaring 2 year old, cannot wait to see other posts :)ReplyCancel

  • naomi

    The one thing i had to keep reminding myself was that the shops will still exist after the baby is born. don’t stress too much about having everything. my baby is 8 months now, i have not had to buy a shampoo/baby lotion/bath wash for him and probably won’t have too cause i brought heaps and then i got given heaps too.ReplyCancel

  • Bridget

    The feet thing is apparently because of the relaxin in your body to help the pelvis loosen for birth, but it works on all the joints in the feet too! Just be glad you started off at 5, I started off at size 10 and after 3 pregnancies I’m a size 12…ReplyCancel

  • Brea

    thanks for the advice. We are expecting our twins in June. Will definitely take on some of your tips. ThanksReplyCancel

  • Nat

    Our problem with clothes was NOT growing out of them. My 1 year old has sat usually on the 2nd %ile for her weight (just jumped to 10th on her birthday) so when we tried to ‘buy ahead’ in seasons, nothing ever fitted her. The 000 we bought for her to wear when she was a month old (as per everyones advice…dont buy much in 0000 as they outgrow it quickly) fits her now at 12mths old.

    We did the immediate family only on birth day. She was a planned c-sec & was born at 10am, and not back on the ward til 11am. We told everyone to come in the afternoon visiting hours (from 3pm) which gave us all that time alone, just the three of us to bond as a family. My parents in particular were a bit put off by not being able to be waiting for us, but it was important to us. That arvo it was just parents, siblings, and my grandparents allowed to visit.

    Next time around, I will be putting money aside for regular foot massages, the swelling is shocking and so painful. I like you had no morning sickness but the fatigue was horrible.ReplyCancel

  • Samantha Hall

    Thanx so much for the great tips – i had twins seven years ago – and am now 33 weeks pregnant with one boy – these tips were a great reminder on things !! :) and I’ve asked my mom to help cook some meals for the freezer! :)ReplyCancel

  • kirsty

    I’d also add don’t be afraid to tell people to leave. As lovely as visitors are it’s so tiring at the start. Both you and bubs needs their rest. We actually told all family we didn’t want any visitors in hospital so we could get used to being three not two. They all understood.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Kirsty that is a great idea. And as you say family and friends will understand.ReplyCancel

  • Jade

    I found the practical things like being ahead in homeloan repayments, the next 1/4 in land rates & water, electricity & phone. long lasting groceries 3 months supply bucket of washing powder, tissues, toilet paper, long life milk cleaning stuff. So if bub comes early or if complications before arrival or even if your have nothing go wrong but are just sleep deprived you don’t have as many things to do & remember & find time for.
    This time 3 rd I’m focusing on paying off camera, getting a front fence, baby gates for kitchen, $ repainting lounge room + new floorboards in lounge room. Kids play area more safe. Have all gear for baby so making life easier at home when I’ll have two under two.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Fantastic ideas, Jade! I love them.:)ReplyCancel

  • Krystal

    My husband and I have already decided no visitors while in hospital unless I’m feeling up to it. I’ll be having a CS so will be in for five nights and I know pain wise the first three days will be the hardest and I don’t want to have to deal with anyone but my beautiful husband. I remember my sister was still being stitched up in the delivery room when she said to me “call the family and invite them down” and that started a conga line of visitors that didn’t stop for weeks. I would have found it utterly exhausting. My best friend actually put visitors on a roster, offering particular timeslots for a small group of immediate family and very close friends. Not surprisingly the only people who didn’t respect this were people not on that list who decided to rock up to the hospital anyway, and always at inconvenient times when she was in tears, trying to breast feed a hysterical, starving baby who couldn’t latch. Her husband ended up having to put the “do not disturb” sign on the door and let the nurses know the roster to stop uninvited people bursting in on her she was sitting there topless.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh no your poor friend! I like your plan Krystal.:)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    It’s a good idea to insist that if visitors are coming in the first 4-6 weeks that they bring food with them, even if it’s just a pull apart and some coffee. It’s hard enough dealing with visitors without feeling like you have to cater for them. I don’t visit families with newborns unless I am armed with a wholesome dinner (like a casserole with meat and plenty of vegies) and some sort of baked treat like lactation cookies.

    The feet thing is just a combination of the relaxin hormone and excess weight. Mine went from 8 to 9-9.5. I had a lot of fluid and was over 100kg when my son was born. My joints did not like it at all.ReplyCancel

    • Krystal

      Totally agree with this. I remember one day breaking into my sister’s house with my mum while she was out and cleaning the place from top to bottom. We filled up the freezer with some frozen meals we’d prepared (lasagne, casserole etc) and stocked her up on the essentials. She’d gotten completely overwhelmed by the little things (like sterilising the mountains of bottles, washing all her clothes and the babies clothes and linen), and just keeping on top of things in general while her partner was off doing his own thing and not doing much to help.

      When she got home she opened the front door to a sparkling house that smelt lemony fresh, saw mum and I sitting on the couch with cups of tea and burst into tears. Once she calmed down she left the baby with us and went to bed where she slept for five hours. She said that one day was the turning point for her, she’d been exhausted, depressed, overwhelmed and over it, but when she woke up she felt like the ‘reset’ button had been hit.

      I hope if I’m in the same situation someone does that for me.ReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        Wow what i beautiful thing to do! Your sister is very lucky to have your mum and yourself.:)ReplyCancel