When I was pregnant with Nia ‘baby 2’, In my panicked moments I would wail ‘How the hell am I going to cope with two kids?!’ and almost every single time, whoever was around would say ‘You just do!’. As it turns out, that has been true, but like first time round with The Contented Little Baby, I’m all for getting some practical nuggets of advice to help me along the way so that it’s not just a ‘fly by the seat of my pants’ experience.
The Contented Baby with Toddler Book by Gina Ford, the Marmite equivalent of parenting expert, is finally out, and as one of the many who purchased The Contented Toddler Years and was disappointed with the short chapter on having another child, this is a welcome arrival.
If you’re still pregnant, it has tips and advice to help prepare and calm you and your toddler, and I’m looking forward to reading about the adaptable routines to help structure your day and tips that help you settle the new baby and help minimise the disruption to your toddler. All of these tips and advice will no doubt be dispensed in Gina’s shooting straight from the hip tone, so be prepared if you’ve never read one of her books before as this woman doesn’t muck around!
The bambino is really enamoured with her sister but she has become like a moody teenager recently, throwing wobblers with relatives who ‘make the mistake’ of going to the baby first, sulking a hell of a lot, and trying to trade everything on biscuits and Charlie and Lola, and of course being uber clingy just as I’m knee deep in poo and the baby is having her own meltdown! Between 5 and 7pm is often a ‘mare and on a number of occasions, I’ve phoned the boyf demanding to know exactly where he is on his journey home so that I can reassure myself that it’s only X amount of time till the feeling of losing my mind disappears…and gets passed onto him.
I’ve just ordered mine and shall of course report back. RRP Â£10.99. Â£6.59 on Amazon