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    Default Routine with 3 kids

    Hi ladies,

    At the end of this year I will have a 4 year old, a 2.5 year old and a newborn. I am so excited but I know it's going to be crazy and very demanding. I was just wondering if others with similar age gaps could share their routine and how they juggle it all?

    Next year, my older son will be going to kindy (I'm guessing 3 days one week, 2 days the next about 9am-3pm) and my middle son will be at daycare 1-2 days a week (depending how I'm coping) and will go to kindy the following year. We love getting out and about but again I'm a little overwhelmed about doing so in the early days of 3 kids!

    Thanks in advance!!

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    Following. No advice but im following in hopes of picking up some tips!
    Im 5 weeks out from having a newborn, 4yo and 8yo.

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    My kids are the same age gaps. Early days is survival mode.

    My 2 girls kept their dinner, bath and bedtime routine. If I needed quick or reheated dinners then that's what they had. I sat in the bathroom on the floor feeding baby while girls were in the bath. Same with their bedtime. They share a room so I would just sit in there with baby til they went to sleep. They cope better with the least amount of change possible.

    Baby's change their routine constantly so I don't do a routine there. Just go with the flow.

    As for going out etc, the times are based off the 2.5yr olds nap time. Baby goes along with whatever and 4yo can cope without a nap but 2.5ho needs nap time.

    You will find your own groove.

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    Oh and with going out. I would initially go small distances incase it was a flop. I started with a walk to a close by park.

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    Thank you!! Yes that's what I did when I had 2 under 2, started with short walks and then got braver haha. Your tips are great, I have actually been thinking about putting the boys into the same room to make night times easier (mainly for my DH as he'll be doing overnight with them while I do the baby), great idea to work around the toddler's nap routine as a base, I hope he'll still be napping then haha.
    @shadowangel0205 I follow your pregnancy journal so will be watching with interest as to how the adjustment goes for you!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fi Poledancer View Post
    Thank you!! Yes that's what I did when I had 2 under 2, started with short walks and then got braver haha. Your tips are great, I have actually been thinking about putting the boys into the same room to make night times easier (mainly for my DH as he'll be doing overnight with them while I do the baby), great idea to work around the toddler's nap routine as a base, I hope he'll still be napping then haha.
    @shadowangel0205 I follow your pregnancy journal so will be watching with interest as to how the adjustment goes for you!!
    Thanks. I'm nervous/ scared!
    Obviously having a csection things won't settle down for a few weeks, mum will be staying as df will only have minimal time (my hospital stay duration) off work.
    But I hope we can get the kids into a good routine. Bub is just going to have to slot I around school/extra curricular activities. Hopefully it works 😣

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    Default Routine with 3 kids

    My advice is to keep the routines you have in place with your 4 and 2.5 yr olds olds (as much as you can). Unfortunately bub will have day sleep routines have to fit into their siblings, especially when you do the kindy run, but babies aren’t as set in stone, they constantly change.

    I remember feeling overwhelmed at the thought of taking multiple kids out, but I think if you prepare yourself in the evening (pack nappy bag etc) snacks for the toddlers etc, and don’t go too full-on in the early days (just what you can manage) you’ll soon find your groove and what works/doesn’t work.

    I think you’ll be fine, yes you’ll find it demanding and juggling lots of balls in the air, but you’ll get there.

    P.s, I’m not sure if you breastfeed, but when I needed to feed the baby, I would have a plate in the fridge everyday with healthy snacks on it for the kids. (Handy if they can help themselves to it too). I also had books and a busy box that I could have at the ready as well.

    All the best with the rest of your pregnancy.

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    Default Routine with 3 kids

    I have a 7 year old, a 2.5 year old and an 8 month old. I only really feel that now we are starting to come out of survival mode!

    I kept the same routine for my older two and Bub really just has to fit in. He won’t sleep anywhere but his cot unfortunately so some days when we have to be out he misses naps etc but we just have to make it work. I find cooking dinner very difficult as DH generally doesn’t get home until after the kids are in bed (or close to it) so we often bulk cook and freeze on the weekends and just reheat during the week.

    I try to plan only one trip out a day and try to carefully time it, usually in the morning. I often make lunch for the kids and put it in the fridge for when we get back so I don’t have to start slamming out sandwiches for hungry kids as soon as we get in the door. I was really overwhelmed taking all three out at first but you adjust and get used to it fairly quickly.

    I was really daunted when I was pregnant with my third, I couldn’t work out how everything was going to work. It’s not perfect, DS has been late to school sometimes, the younger two often miss naps for school runs etc, and there is a lot of chaos and I have had to really lower my expectations. But I love being a mum to three! Good luck!
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    Thanks soooo much ladies! Amazing tips! Sounds like I'm going to have to step up my food prep game

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    When my 3rd was born I had a 14 month old and a 5 year old (I then became a single mum when #3 was 14months old)
    I won't lie there were/are times when its tough but there's a lot of times when there's complete calm.
    All of the above posters have had awesome suggestions. Most of mine you are probably already doing but I suggest:
    - I would suggest you try and get your 4 year old doing some age appropriate chores/responsibilities (e.g dressing, toileting, putting dirty clothes in the hamper, packing away toys, even just learning to follow 'instructions/commands' well).
    - I would suggest having some freezer meals/super easy meals that you have the ingredients readily available for or even a takeaway budget for ''those" nights
    - Utilise online shopping/online groceries if available
    - Learn the best window - be it morning or straight after naps - for going out with all 3 and use it.
    - Don't be afraid to ask for help/accept help. Be it your partner, family, friends - dont feel guilty.
    - Remember to try and carve out small windows for the older two to have alone time with you/your partner & get them to help with bubs if applicable to try and ensure a smooth transition to another sibling (e.g pick out clothes or pass a nappy etc.).
    - Also get used to EVERYONE saying 'oh you have your hands full' or ' you must be busy' etc. for some reason the 3rd addition leads to those comments

    Congratulations and good luck


 

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