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Old 01-17-2008, 12:32 PM   #1
 
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No, I'm not pregnant again. I think we have enough pregnant curlies to keep track of!

I'm going to be watching a 19-month old girl for 3 hours, 2 days a week, starting next week. Of course I will have Sol with me also. We will be going to the other family's home.

Does anyone have any suggestions on things I should know/do when caring for both babies? I haven't watched more than one child since my teenage babysitting days, and then it was never two babies. My plan is to wear Sol in a sling or wrap most of the time I'm there so I can have two hands free for the little girl. I'd love to master a back carry with my wrap, but I'm too askeered . The other family has a PNP they will set up for Sol to use for naps.
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Old 01-17-2008, 01:09 PM   #2
 
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I don't have any words of wisdom for you, but if anyone has advice, I'd love to hear it too! Wearing one baby most of the time sounds like a good idea.

My son has been sick the past few days, and I nearly had a nervous breakdown imagining what it'd be like to care for two sick little ones.
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Old 01-17-2008, 01:36 PM   #3
 
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Contrary to popular rumor, the "terrible twos" generally start at around 18 months, not at 2 years (not for all kids, but some...OK, mine). So, be prepared for melt-downs and hissy fits. If they don't happen, great, consider yourself lucky.

It's only for 3 hours at a time. You can do anything for 3 hours.
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Old 01-17-2008, 02:37 PM   #4
 
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Contrary to popular rumor, the "terrible twos" generally start at around 18 months, not at 2 years (not for all kids, but some...OK, mine). So, be prepared for melt-downs and hissy fits. If they don't happen, great, consider yourself lucky.

It's only for 3 hours at a time. You can do anything for 3 hours.
I totally agree with you on this. Chas is already showing showing signs of the terrible two's.
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Old 01-17-2008, 04:38 PM   #5
 
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Just wanted to wish you luck! Soon after River was born, we watched our friend's 20 month old. I was worn freakin' OUT. My suggestion is to bring all changing supplies into the room you are goign to be hanging out in. Then you don't have to transport both kids to change a diaper. That only took me a few trips up the stairs to figure out! I would put River in the swing downstairs & take the little girl up & put her in the P&P. Then go down & get River so I coudl change his diaper. Then take them down and by that time, the other one would have pooped or whatever.
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Old 01-17-2008, 05:00 PM   #6
 
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I know I totally shouldn't be posting over here but...

Over the summer I nannied for two little ones from sun-up to sun-down. Both were girls 10 months and 24 months. The most important thing for me was having both of them on the same schedule. Everyone eats at the same time, diaper changes at the same time (except for poopies of course), naps at the same time (that was a nightmare but I finally got it) and so on. If you're constantly going back and forth doing the same things at two different times, you'll be beyond drained. And I think having some kind of a schedule with them will help all of you. Play time is from xyz-xyz time, then walking, then nap, etc.

It was a little easier I think because shortly after I started, the mother transitioned the little one to table food. Getting rid of bottles and jars and spoons and bibs made my life 10 times easier.
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Old 01-17-2008, 08:46 PM   #7
 
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Definitely baby wear, that is probably a number one must do/have.

You'll get to know the place, so you'll know what she can get into...another must do

Come prepared with fun crafts and stuff to do, here are some sites you can pull some ideas from.
http://www.fisher-price.com/fp.aspx?...=18&cmaxAge=24
http://www.creativekidsathome.com/activities.shtml


3hrs is a good chunk of time, enough time to read some books, do some crafts have snack etc. You'll do just fine once you find your routine and get to know her. GL
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