Recovering from this pregnancy has been oddly easier than my last two. Not that I’m that far out from the gate – it’s really only been just over two weeks. Last night, I was trying to figure out exactly what’s made this particular postpartum period so much…less intense. Outside of obvious reasons. And you know what? A lot of it comes down to a good mentality.
When you’re positive, things kind of fall into place. I’m also working on a few things right now (I know, two weeks post-baby and I’m working…I have no ability to stop), and I think that having something to focus my energy on, in addition to my kids, has really helped me to focus. And also…the right gear really makes life easier when you have two young kids in the house.
Knowing what to expect this time around really helped us get the best set up down. And because I love ya, I’ve pulled together a list of all the things that have really made the transition from one kiddo to two a heckuva lot easier.
The Right Stroller
If you’re a parent, then you know how many options there are out there for strollers. And you know that they can get really expensive, really fast. To find the right fit, don’t just read reviews online: get out to the stores and test some strollers out with your kids. Different stores can carry different brands, so get out to a few different places before you settle on one selection.
Before Christopher was born, I had my heart set on the Baby Jogger X3 Summit double. When we got to the store to try it out, it was immediately apparent that my two year old would have no problem tipping the whole thing over if his brother wasn’t already latched into one side of the thing. We realized that we need a sturdier, four wheeled option. Since I’m not a runner, the whole “you can’t run with a regular stroller” thing wasn’t an issue.
We finally settled on the City Mini Double, which I am now totally in love with. It folds easily, it accommodates both kids and it navigates really well. I scoured the internet for a couple of weeks to find the best deal, and ultimately ordered from stroller depot. They offer free shipping, and our stroller showed up the same week I ordered it!
An Accommodating Vehicle
So, I drive a giant truck, and that’s not the right fit for everyone. But there are certain features that have made this vehicle really amazing with my two kids. One, it has all of the updated safety latches and dohickeys that make car seats a breeze. Two, it’s the perfect height for me to get the infant seat into the backseat without a problem. Three, it has a super roomy backseat.
I didn’t realize how essential this was until last week, when I ventured to CostCo with both kids by myself. They both fell asleep on the way there, so I got a little work done while I let them nap. Then Christopher woke up hungry – and I could just pop into the backseat, let Ricky keep sleeping, and comfortably (and discreetly) feed my baby from the middle spot on the bench seat. It was pretty awesome.
My recommendation: if you’re in the market for a new vehicle, test it out with car seats in it before you buy. This will show you exactly what your day-to-day life will look like, and whether the car is the right fit.
A Belly Bandit
Back when I was pregnant with Ricky, I ordered a belly bandit. It was a lifesaver then and it’s been a total luxury this time around. It’s basically a band that helps your belly shrink back to it’s normal size more quickly, and gets your ab muscles back in place, too. This is such an essential after a c-section, I can’t even tell you guys. I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I’m about two inches away from fitting into my regular sized pants again, two weeks after baby. For been-there-done-that mamas, you know what a miracle that is. This was one of the best prego purchases I made!
A Thoughtful House Set Up
One thing I never realized when Ricky was first born was how many diapers he would go through. Or the amount of laundry one little infant can generate. Or how many bottles there would be to wash. This time, I was prepared. I have a small laundry basket in every room of my house to act as a catchall for all the laundry. I invested in a really nice bottle drying rack to make managing the bottle mess a lot easier. And I have diapers stocked everywhere, along with an extra changing table in my room (on the pack and play) for super easy middle of the night changes.
Don’t be afraid to make life easier by putting baby stuff all over your house. You can discreetly hide baskets and bins around your house so that you don’t totally lose your sense of style. But trust me: having the stuff you use all the time within arm’s reach is totally priceless, and will save you a ton of time over the course of a day.
An Organized Closet
The first thing I did when we got home from the hospital was realize what a disaster my closet was. As if someone was thinking of me, that very first night home a link to this “wardrobe capsule” concept. And I decided to try it! I’m through all of my clothes, and planning to work through my shoes this weekend. I’ll save all the details of this for another post (mostly because I’m not totally done implementing), but it’s been such a lifesaver to be able to look in my closet, pull out a super cute outfit in 60 seconds or less and get ready. Life with two little ones is insanely busy. This is one way to make your morning routine a little easier.
Whew! I know it’s only a few things, but they have made all the difference over the past few weeks. And now I want to know: what made your life super easy after having a baby? Were there any super awesome tools that you used (or are currently using)? Tell me in the comments section!