Coping with two children under the age of 3

Coping with two under 3

I always knew I wanted to be a mum, it was always in my “life plan”. I also knew that I wanted them to be close in age so that they could grow up together and maybe be best friends. I’ve mentioned before that I’ll never quite know if my family is complete and the prospect of a 3rd child will always be somewhat of a question mark but for now I’m happy with the two I’ve got. There’s 2 years and 3 months between the two of them and it’s quite tricky sometimes having two children under the age of 3. I know there are plenty of people out there who have smaller age gaps between their children and I have the upmost respect for them. It’s not easy no matter what the age gap but I’ve wrote down a few of my tips that help me cope looking after two small children.

Get out of the house – It genuinely doesn’t matter where you go, or what you really do so long as you spend a portion of your day (everyday) out of the house. Go to the park, baby groups, supermarket anything. My worst days with two children are the days where I’ve been couped up in the house.

Allow more time – This goes hand in hand with the above advice. It takes me twice as long (if not more) to get 3 of us ready and out than it ever did when I had just one child. Allow plenty of time so you don’t end up barking orders at your children.

Spend quality time with each of them – When D takes a nap in a morning I always make sure I stop whatever I’m doing and get on the floor and play with my daughter. It gives us quality time where she has my undivided attention without the distraction of a baby. Likewise, K still goes to her grandparents on Mondays and Fridays as these are the days I used to work so it gives me one to one time with D.

Keep on track with the housework Something I’m still trying to master! My house will never be a show home of any sort and will always be that little bit cluttered but it’s a typical loving family home. It’s hard work making sure that the children and hubby are taken care of and the house is running smoothly and as I’ve already stated, I’ve probably dropped the ball a few times when it comes to the housework but trying to keep on top of the endless washing piles and dirty dishes makes your home life run that little bit more smoothly meaning that ultimately you get more free time to spend with your children. 30 minutes per day should ensure that everything is ship shape.

Have “me” time – This is so important yet most of us don’t do it. I know I don’t do it half as much as I should for fear of feeling self indulgent but something as simple as a hot soak in the bath once the kids have gone to bed will help you relax and regroup. A happy mummy makes for a happy home!



  1. Laura - dear bear and beany 16th May 2016 / 12:18

    It’s tough isn’t it! My girls are 2 yrs and 10 days apart and I just find it relentless. There is always someone that needs me or something that needs doing. But I love it and wouldn’t change it for the world. Over time it has got easier and I’m sure it will carry on to X #MarvMondays

  2. laura dove 16th May 2016 / 18:02

    I’ve just linked up my post, three under three! There are 12 months between my fifth and fourth, and fifteen months between my fourth and third, so I completely relate to how hard it can be!! I would like to say that it gets easier but in our experience, as we hit two, three and four, it’s complete mayhem!! #MarvMondays

    • Collette 17th May 2016 / 12:57

      Three under three!? Argh!!! You have your hands full! I’m sure you wouldn’t have it any other way though 🙂 Thanks for reading xx

  3. Kaye 16th May 2016 / 19:04

    Fab tips. I’m now expecting #2 and they’ll be 2 years 8 months between my two and I’ve no idea what to expect!! Hopefully my first won’t feel too pushed out and I may have to make more of an effort to make sure they both get my undivided attention sometimes. Thanks for linking to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

  4. Sarah 17th May 2016 / 14:11

    I also have two under 3!
    I agree with all the points!
    Its takes me literally hours to get out of the house in the morning!
    Sarah xx

    • Collette 18th May 2016 / 19:04

      It annoys me that it takes so long! haha! It literally feels like a never ending battle! Thanks so much for reading xx

  5. Sadia 17th May 2016 / 17:04

    All of your points are so important! With twins, I never knew what it was like to have just one child, which is a luxury in a way. I had no choice but to learn these tips from the start. #TwinklyTuesday

    • Collette 18th May 2016 / 19:04

      Oh my! Twins! I always assume that I’d never be able to cope with twins but I guess you do because you have no choice and you just get on with it? What a blessing! Thanks for reading xx

  6. Helena 18th May 2016 / 13:28

    Thank you for writing this lovely post. I’ll be sure to put these tips to work soon all being well. #TwinklyTuesday

    • Collette 18th May 2016 / 19:03

      Ahh your welcome. I’m glad they will help you. Thanks so much for reading xx

  7. Petite Words 18th May 2016 / 20:40

    Such a good article. Glad you’ve got everything under control, inspiration for other mama’s of 2 under 3 !#TwinklyTuesday

  8. Silly Mummy 22nd May 2016 / 21:54

    Good tips! Mine have 15 months between them – I had two under two for the better part of a year! It really does take forever to get everyone ready! #marvmondays

  9. Talya 23rd May 2016 / 10:37

    Fab tips! Seriously you mamas with two under three are my heroes! Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub lovely x

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