Taking care of your toddler while you’re expecting again can be a big challenge. Morning sickness adds to your woes and there are times you just want to hide under that duvet! While shuffling through your trips to the washroom and keeping your toddler safe and entertained may seem an uphill task, a few tricks can keep it all under control.
1. Get That High Chair
Make your toddler’s high chair an accessory to help.
- Gather some of your toddler’s favorite toys and things around the area. You can do this the previous night, when you’re not battling with morning sickness.
- Place some toddler-safe colors and papers on the chair’s tray. Add a few toys as well.
- In the morning, when you feel the nausea might strike, place your toddler in the high chair and put it at a convenient spot where you can keep an eye.
2. Place Comforting Scents In Key Spots
While you’re pregnant, certain scents can make you feel good while some can worsen morning sickness.
- Find out which scents work for you and make you feel comfortable.
- Place fresh flowers or candles around the house, especially in spots where you can easily smell them. You can also dab some essential oils on a light bulb in your table lamp.
- Ensure they are kept at a safe distance from your toddler.
3. Teach While Resting
Who says you can’t make good use of your resting time?
- Place some comfortable cushions and pillows on the floor or on your bed.
- Arrange your toddler’s toys and books around and use this time to teach things like colors, shapes, alphabets and more.
- You can also keep a light snack handy for your toddler to finger feed.
4. A Play Date
If you feel it is getting difficult to manage, try and look for a play date nearby.
- You will mostly notice a pattern in your nausea attacks. Understand when it hits you most and see if you can arrange for a play date during those hours.
- Some play schools offer few hours of care during the day. You can enroll your toddler for a few months, till your morning sickness subsides or till your new baby arrives.
5. Time Out
Ask your partner or a friend to help you take some timeout.
- When you’re pregnant and have a toddler to take care of, you may want to do it all by yourself. But it’s okay to ask for help.
- Ask your partner to arrange a schedule that can give you a break during the difficult hours.
- Alternatively, you can ask a friend to help you during those few hours.
Dealing with morning sickness when you’re a mom to a toddler can get really taxing. A few changes will not only give you some time to relax but also help you manage both with ease.