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08/10/2013 at 11:16
Those with 3 (Ally?) how do you manage bath time yourself with three?
L has a bath every night and A either goes in with him or has a shower. She has a tendency to block the plug hole though and flood the bathroom so I need to watch her!
how do you manage it with 3? I'm really worried how ill get L to sleep. A is a great sleeper and when L was small I read her story put her in the cot and walked away. L is a different story though, I still need to sit with him until he falls asleep and can't see that changing before February. Not sure what I'm supposed to do if I have a baby that wants to cluster feed in the evening.
L was often left to cry when small while I dealt with A, not ideal and I wonder if that didn't help with his sleep issues and clinginess to me!
08/10/2013 at 11:27
S normally sits in his bouncer in the hall while the other 2 have a bath. A gets herself dried and jammies on while I sort J. Sometimes she gets to go back downstairs for a bit while I read J a story, other times they get one together then teeth and bed. If S needs a bath i sometimes give him a quick dunk before the other 2 go in then get him dried etc while they're in the bath. Tbh its not really any different now S is here, he just gets left while I get A and J sorted lol.
Once he's 6 months and has a bedtime routine I'll probably get him and J bathed together and let A have a slightly later bedtime
08/10/2013 at 11:29
I'm lucky that my babies have never really been cluster feeders (touch wood that doesn't change) and S is such a good wee thing it makes things easier
08/10/2013 at 13:34
I was thinking this the other day as I am also due in February and we have a 3 and 4 year old at the moment. I am dreading the school run in the morning, as I have to get the 3 and 4 year old to different schools about 8 miles apart within the space of 15 minutes, with a newborn... I am worried about the cluster feeding in the morning as my daughter always fed continuously from about 6-9am, so I wonder how that will be possible whilst trying to get two ready for school!
08/10/2013 at 20:22
I don't bath them every night is my answer. When the small girls were tiny they would be in the bouncy chair or moses basket whilst I bathed the other two. Since they were been able to sit in the bath chair things I did a conveyorbelt system, where there might be 3 in the bath at any one time, and I would be drying the other one. At that time we would all stay upstairs and play/read books whilst feeding the small girls.
I did have times when one or both of the small girls would be crying whilst I was dealing with the others. It happens. The odler two are good at distracting/entertaining the younger two. Not sure how old your two are but you might find that they play or entertain each other
08/10/2013 at 21:04
Thanks all. When number 3 arrives A will be 5.5 and L nearly 4. They fight constantly though which is a nightmare.
Just not sure what I do with the baby when I need to sit in L's room, sometimes from 7-9pm until he falls asleep. Can't really expect a newborn to amuse themselves all that time. I used to sit L in his chair while I did A's stories and put her to bed, but like I said he screamed most of the time and she still went to sleep, no way L will go to sleep like that!
Guess I need to sort his sleeping but I've been trying for 3 years :-(
08/10/2013 at 21:19
Mine dont all bathe every night either. I still top and tail P most of the time and bath her when she's happy, she's grizzly in the eve and bathing usually makes her worse! When she is a bit older and can sit up etc she can have a bath with L and J will probably shower/bath alone as he's at that age now. I wouldnt stress, i thought I'd never manage bath/bed, school run etc with them all but it's just routine now!
09/10/2013 at 07:19
I'm not so bothered about the baby having a bath every night. Ill most likely do it 2/3 times a week in the kitchen sink. But the older 2 need it, between painting at school and nursery, out playing, A loves crafts and is henerally covered in glitter etc so they both need a bath or shower. A now has a bath or shower every night and a shower every morning! (Her choice)
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