As the newest member of our family prepares to make her arrival within the next several weeks, we’ve been busy, here in our house, getting things ready on our end and doing what we can to try make the transition from two kids to three as smooth as possible.
While our older two know that a new baby will be joining our family soon, as we learned the last time around with our oldest, talking about it and actually introducing a new sibling into the fold are two very different things.
Making the transition even trickier is the fact that we’ll not only be bringing home a new baby, but our youngest will be gaining a roommate as well.
This isn’t the first time that we’ve had our kids share a room before as our two oldest shared a room for a while when our toddler was first born, but this is the first time that she will be sharing a room with a baby herself.
To make the transition easier on everyone though, we will be reusing a lot of the same tips and strategies that we used the first time around and hopefully, this one will be just as successful.
Make a routine
The first, and probably the most important step, get everyone on a routine. Now, that’s easier said than done, I know, but I promise, once you work through the initial upset, you will be so incredibly thankful for this.
Not only are you introducing a new member into the family, but you are essentially disrupting the routine that your toddler already has in place. This can be extremely difficult for your toddler and having a new routine immediately established can help to ease that out of control feeling for them.
If possible, try to keep as much of their bedtime routine as you can the same. If bedtime normally includes bath time and a story book before being tucked into bed, try to maintain those basic things, even if you have to adjust the timing a bit.
What works for one child, won’t work for them all
Getting on a routine doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone goes to bed at the same time. If your toddler, for example, normally goes to bed at 7 or 7:30 but your baby falls asleep earlier in the evening, don’t try to switch bedtimes around to make one work for everyone. Instead, get your baby settled in for the night, or at least until their first overnight feeding, and spend that extra time with your toddler.
They’ll love the extra one on one time and you won’t spend your night frustrated because your toddler is keeping the baby up for hours.
Get a white noise machine
Coordinating separate bedtimes may sound tricky, but it doesn’t have to be! Worried about waking the baby while tucking the toddler in for the night? A white noise machine can make a world of difference in your bedtime routine.
The first time around, we used the white noise option that we had on our baby monitor but it made things a bit tricky when we would turn it off to switch it back to the monitor and there was only a single sound option which, needless to say, wasn’t always a favorite of our oldest.
We needed something with soothing sounds that would help everyone in the room relax and get a good night’s rest. And that’s exactly where the Soundbub by WavHello comes in.
Let me introduce you to Bella the Bunny, that adorable creature in the photo above, and let me be the first to tell you that she will soon become your new best friend.
You see, she’s so much more than just a cute little face. She is actually a portable, Bluetooth enabled speaker that comes pre-loaded with two soothing white noise tracks that are activated with a simple touch of Bella’s “bellybutton.”
Need more options? You can have that too!
While my oldest was always soothed more by white noise, my toddler is definitely more of a music lover. Calming lullabies and soothing song tracks were more her style.
Obviously there’s no word yet on what the newest member of the family will prefer, but whichever one it is, I can offer both with the Soundbub.
Bella the Bunny and all of her fellow Soundbub friends can be paired with any Bluetooth enabled device and is compatible with WavHello’s VoiceShare app. For us, this means we can easily play her favorite songs and lullabies for bedtime and even record daddy reading a bedtime story for those times when he has to miss the bedtime routine.
The options are pretty much endless and within just a few days of opening the box, you’ll start to wonder how you ever survived without it.
Combined with a consistent bedtime routine and the rest of these tips, your transition from separate bedrooms to sibling roommates won’t be one to fear, but one you’ll feel ready and willing to tackle.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.