Having a second child might look easy as you are veteran parents. However, you cannot always be sure of what you are getting yourself into. No matter how much you think you know about parenting, it is never going to be enough. Every pregnancy, birth, and baby is different in itself. Although having a second child may need less of a preparation and demand less mental strain, it can still be challenging as you are required to learn a whole new set of skills to be an effective parent to both your second child and your older child. Here are a few things that will help you to prepare for having a second child.
1. Perfect timing
There is no perfect time to have a second child just like there was no perfect time for having a first child. No matter when the second baby comes into the family, things are going to be messy, crazy, and incredible, all at the same time.
2. You have no control.
As overwhelming as it may sound, like everything with motherhood, you may not have any control over conceiving your second child. Even though it may have taken you a long time to conceive your first baby, that may not be the case this time. Having a go-with-the-flow attitude may really help you when you are trying to conceive the second baby.
3. It can be scary.
It is okay to be scared about having a second baby. Pregnancy and childbirth are no easy things to go through. They are really hard and the job of parenting two kids can be real tough too. It will take time to adjust and figure things out and that is totally fine. Take your time and feel confident in yourself about being a mother of two children.
4. The transition can be hard on the older child.
The older child may be all excited about welcoming his or her sibling in the world but they might feel regressed the moment the second baby is born. It might actually be really tough for you to maintain a balance between giving proper attention to your older child and caring for your newborn all while still recovering from childbirth.
5. You will be overwhelmed.
Having two kids is simply way more difficult than having a single child. Just when it will feel like that you finally have a hold of things, you are going to be faced with an entirely new challenge. There will be times when situations will be completely overwhelming and you will find yourself at a loss as to how to react to them.
6. Challenges might be logistical.
There will be a number of practical challenges that you will need to take care of. Who will take your kid to school or daycare when you are at the hospital? Who is going look after them while you are in labor? And how are you going to manage to take care of two kids when your second baby is born?
7. Experience will come handy.
When you get pregnant for the first time you are worried all the time about all the little things and that is only natural. However, in your second pregnancy, you have the advantage of a basic experience that will make it easier for you to go through things and not use google for every little doubt.