4 Tips to Keep Your Toddler Occupied as You Nurse Your New Baby

If you breastfed your first baby, you probably remember gathering all your supplies, sitting down for the duration, and focusing on helping your little one latch and eat properly. If you’re pregnant with your second baby and plan to nurse them as well, you might be wondering just how you’ll make it work. While nursing mothers of two or more kids report that it’s definitely a bit less relaxing, it’s also totally doable. Along with naturally becoming more flexible with where, when, and what position you nurse in, the most important things you can do involve keeping your toddler safe and occupied while you nurse. Check out the tips below to see how it’s done.

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1. Choose the right place to nurse

There’s nothing more frustrating than finally getting your newborn latched on in a great position and then having to jump up to prevent your toddler from climbing furniture or toppling something breakable. Choose one room in your home to totally toddler-proof and make that your go-to nursing spot. If your toddler is a runner, don’t hesitate to put up a gate or latch the door to ensure they stay with you throughout.

2. Give your toddler a job 

Many toddlers love helping. Choose a way that they can “help” you as you feed the baby, say by getting the burp cloth or singing to the baby, and ask them to do their job each time. Once they feel included, many toddlers are much more likely to let you dedicate your attention to the baby. 

3. Save their favorite toys for nursing time

If your toddler has a favorite toy that they’ll play with for longer than any other, choose to pull this toy out only during nursing times. Be sure to choose a toy that’s not only your little one's favorite, but also one that they’re able to play with independently.

4. Choose screen-time options wisely

If you allow screen time in your home, consider making nursing time your little one’s screen time. Choose a show that meshes in length with your newborns nursing sessions and set the expectation in advance that once the show is over, the screen goes off.

How do you keep your toddler occupied while you nurse?

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4 Tips to Keep Your Toddler Occupied as You Nurse Your New Baby

Julia Pelly has a master's degree in public health and works full time in the field of positive youth development. Julia loves hiking after work, swimming during the summer and taking long, cuddly afternoon naps with her two sons on the weekends. Julia lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys. You can find more of her work at JuliaPelly.com ... More

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