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What did you do/wish you had done to prep for baby #2s arrival? Feel like we did a lot with #1 and now have a month to go for #2, but I feel so unprepared for some reason.

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Honestly for our second we were far less into the prep. We didn’t have her room ready, just kind of set up bassinet in our room, made sure we had the clothes, diapers, car seat, and bottles, and that was about it. Similar to AC1, we set up a little play area for #1 in the areas where we would be feeding the baby so she had something to do if we couldn’t give her undivided attention. We also took her to buy the baby a present (and bought a present from the baby to her). We planned visits with family and made sure that they took our older out for fun stuff (not just all about the baby). We came up with a few things to keep our older involved (might work depending on your ages) - I let my older color on the diapers for the baby and then when I needed her to help me, I’d put one of ‘her’ diapers on the baby and she used to love that. She would run and grab little things for me here and there and we would time her, which for some reason was super fun for her. We also used to make sure she ‘tested’ all the baby’s items and showed the baby how they worked, so she’d lay under the baby gym and explain it all, that kind of thing.

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I put together a basket of age appropriate new books and toys for my older. We only got it out when she wanted attention and I was home alone with the both of them and the baby needed me more. It was a special treat and helped tremendously.

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Get the baby room ready (somewhat)! I figured I had a ton of time before she needed it, but trying to accomplish anything with my toddler and newborn is nearly impossible. Second small play area where you will be feeding the baby to keep #1 occupied.

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I made a lot of freezer meals. It was easier to do baby prep once the baby arrived (wash clothes, prep room, etc.) but cooking, groceries, etc were really tough at first

This. Food for you, AND for your toddler. Preparing food was a huge stressor in the early days. Get EVERYTHING delivered, but either buy or prepare ahead and freeze meals that you can put together in literally 5 minutes or less.

I might have bought diapers from amazon in the hospital. 🤷‍♀️ I did wash the rock n play. baby slept next to me for 4 months. I didn’t touch the nursery until 3 months after she was born. You are good!

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