Kate Middleton pregnant: Four things you Need to know about having three children under five years old as The Duchess Of Cambridge prepares to welcome third child
Kate Middleton and Prince William announced they were pregnant with their third child earlier this year.
Kate Middleton is pregnant with her third child, having previously welcomed Prince George and Princess Charlotte with husband Prince William.
The Duchess Of Cambridge’s pregnancy news was announced earlier in 2017 by Kensington Palace, and the couple should be welcoming their third baby sometime in March 2018.
Already having two children, George and Charlotte, the parents have got their work cut out for them as they will officially become outnumbered.
Sanjima DeZoysa, Parent Content Manager at NCT has provided Kate Middleton – and other mums who have three children under five, or are about to – with her top tips.
Don’t forget how young your other children still are
As soon as a new baby arrives, you will not believe how big your other children feel.
However, it’s really important to remember that your other children are still very young.
Sanjima DeZoysa explains: “Don’t forget though, they are still young, and being an older brother or sister doesn’t suddenly make them more mature or responsible.
“In fact, it’s very common for children to regress when a sibling arrives; they might start wanting bottles again, for instance, when they’ve been using cups.”
She suggests that while this can be frustrating, it’s important to remember this is the way the child will deal with a new baby.
Sanjima advises: “Try not to let your expectations of them change because of the baby; they still need your help and patience too.”
Pay all the three children attention
It is important to pay all three children attention after welcoming a newborn
While you may find that a lot of your time will go to the newborn, also remember that your other children also need attention.
“One of the difficulties is making enough of a fuss of and spending time with your other children too so they don’t get jealous.
“So to help your older children still feel secure and loved, make sure they get lots of attention too.”
You can do this is a simple way by explaining that they are ‘such a good big brother/sister’ when around friends and family.
Balancing your three children’s needs is very important
Learn how to balance
With three children under five, there will be times when the stresses will take over.
Sanjima explains: “With three young kids, there will be moments when you have the stressful situation of two or three crying children who want you at the same time.
“It’s not always easy but it can help to decide how to respond to each child based on who has the greater need at that moment in time.”
A two year old girl smiles at her mother as she holds her newborn sister in bed. The mother has her arms around both girls and is smiling at the toddler.Older children will naturally feel jealous of the newborn
She suggests reviewing situations to see who is the greatest need, but also giving time to the others with a good amount of balance.
Remember to look after yourself
Having three children will be exhausting, and so you must remember to look after yourself.
Remember: “It’s important to get as much rest as you can and to take care of yourself whilst looking after two very young children.
Look after yourself as well my relaxing and getting a good amount of sleep
“This may seem harder with an older child around so don’t feel bad about using the television or films to keep other children occupied if you need a bit of peace, for instance.”
To take some stress out of baby nappy changing, you can download the award-winning NCT Babychange app which helps parents take the stress out of finding somewhere to change a baby by showing them the way to baby changing facilities .
You can keep up to date with all Kate Middleton’s pregnancy news here.
Source: OK CO UK
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