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21/08/2013 at 12:34
I know this is a really random question but was just wondering what people actually do.
W Is 20 months and if we are downstairs and I need a wee I tend to shut the gate so she is contained in the living room, then run quick to the loo.
When she was a baby I would sit her in a bouncy chair while I had a wee.
But I don't fancy the idea of leaving W alone with baby while I have a wee so what do you do? Do you take one of them upstairs with you? I know I'm over thinking things, but its the general day to day little things like this that make me scared about how people manage with two on their own
21/08/2013 at 13:45
I only have an 11 month at the moment and lucky for me the toilet is just off the living room so he tends to follow me in or stay playing with his toys. If I had 2 I would prob take the older one with me as I think it would be less hastle than taking the new born x
21/08/2013 at 13:46
Either leave toddler as you do now and take baby with you, putting baby on a towel on the floor (could always take bouncy chair with you but I never did, too lazy!), or put baby in cot/moses basket/strapped in to car seat and take toddler with you, or leave toddler contained where they can't get to baby.
21/08/2013 at 14:00
I think i would be move inclined to take the older one with you, less hassle if the newborn is sleeping, but i will have a 4 year gap so i dont really have any experience or will be in that situation
21/08/2013 at 14:09
I think I used to either put baby in her cot where my toddler couldn't get to her, or if baby was asleep in the carry cot, I'd take toddler with me. For showers etc. even now I put baby in her cot to play and leave my eldest to watch TV in the bedroom or play in her room. For occasions when baby won't be put down, I take her in the carrier, even to the loo with me!
21/08/2013 at 14:10
Our bathroom isn't far from the lounge so I intend to leave the doors open so I can half see and hear what's going on. I'm also thinking the travel cot may come in handy in the lounge for this kind of reason.
21/08/2013 at 14:17
The travel cot idea sounds quite good. May have to think about how to arrange my living room I think.
21/08/2013 at 15:06
I had an 18 month gap between 1 and 2, if the baby was asleep I'd take toddler with me but also lock the docs in the kitchen as I never leave them alone with the children (they are not bad dogs but I don't take the chance!)
I expect with number 3 I will leave the children with the baby. They will be 4 and 5.5 so I'm hoping pretty trust worthy!
21/08/2013 at 15:12
I have a travel cot with bassinet in the living room and baby goes in there
I would bring toddler with me and leave baby in bouncy chair at bottom of stairs or in her travel cot which was set up in the living room.
21/08/2013 at 15:20
It depended on the situation each time for me, as E was 2 1/2 and potty training I tried to encourage her to go at the same time as me, but if she wouldn't then I would take the baby with me instead. Sometimes we would just all go.
I had a bouncy chair upstairs so I could pop the baby in it when I needed to, and found I quickly got used to leaving the door open so I could hear what they were up to if necessary.
I found it harder when i was out and about because then I often had to get a baby and toddler into a small cubicle with me (thank goodness for sling) and keep the door shut!!
I particularly remember one occasion when E needed a lengthy toilet trip and C was in the sling but getting hungry, I was holding E on the toilet with one had, and trying to calm a crying baby with the other in a tiny toilet cubicle. Not fun at the time, but I miss those days now.
21/08/2013 at 16:04
i had a similar age gap, our toilet is downstairs so i would leave the doors open so i could hear what was going on. my toddler used to follow me to the loo most of the time anyway as he was starting to toilet train and thought it was all fun! i did have twins though so it was never really feasible to take the babies with me! toddler mostly ignored them anyway. it was more risky when the twins were about 6 months and mobile and getting into his toys!
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