How to Deal with A Clingy Toddler Kindly

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In this episode:

  • Parenting Hacks for Dealing with Step Kids
  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Caring for Twins Confidently
  • Sue In Conversation with BBC ‘Dragon’s Den’ Winner Kate Ball from ‘Mini First Aid’ – First Aid Classes for Children

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Caring for one newborn is overwhelming enough, but add twins or triplets and it can easily feel like a tsunami!

Make sure you have all the essentials. To run a smooth household, make sure you have the following before your babies arrive:

Nappies supplies. Decide are you going green or disposable. Each baby will go through about 8 to 12 nappies per day. In just 60 days, you could go through 1,440 nappies.  Stock up now on whatever you decide to go with.

Car seats. Each baby needs a car seat. Also account for any other caregivers who may be regularly driving your little ones around. It may be easiest for them to have their own car seats.

Cots or Moses baskets. Decide where you would like your babies to sleep—in your room, in a room together or each in their own room—and provide each with either a cot or Moses basket of their own.

Sheets and swaddling blankets. Accidents happen, and it’s always best to have at least two of everything for each baby in case something gets dirty.

In the beginning, onesies are the easiest clothing to deal with. Make sure each baby has at least 6 onesies so you’re not constantly having to do the washing.

Burp cloths. Babies often burp or have reflux and it can get messy. Have enough cloths handy for after-feeding burps. Each baby should have about 6 burping cloths.


  • Be realistic about sleep. While the goal is to eventually get the babies on the same sleep schedule, understand it may not happen right away. It may take a month or more to get onto a routine, but it will happen. Be flexible …. Don’t beat yourself up if it doesn’t happen according to the books!
  • Make time to enjoy your babies. Between feeding, changing and rocking your babies, you may forget one important thing: bonding. The newborn stage, while exhausting, is a beautiful and really important time. You don’t want it to pass you by. Make sure you and your partner are spending enough time cuddling, kissing and playing with your newest family members – skin to skin is wonderful for bonding for both of you.
  • Don’t be ashamed or embarrassed to ask for help. You are outnumbered. If you need a friend or family member to give you a break so you can shower, take a nap or have a bath don’t feel bad! If you’re not taking care of yourself, you can’t take care of your babies to the best of your ability. Make time for you.
  • Join a Twin or Triplet Group for support and friendship.


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Work/Life Balance

What is a good work-life balance?

A healthy balance might look like: meeting your deadlines at work while still having time for friends and hobbies. having enough time to sleep properly and eat well. not worrying about work when you’re at home.

I give my top tips for managing time and to help stop manic mums and dazed dad burnout in this hybrid world of juggling!


How Do You Deal with Step Kids?

Becoming a step-parent can be challenging and rewarding.

When you become a step-parent, it’s normal to wonder whether you should act like a parent from the start, or take a wait-and-see approach. There’s no one right way to be a step-parent. Over time you’ll find a way of step-parenting that suits you and your family.

It’s important to talk openly with your partner about your expectations.

It can help to take things slowly so that everyone has time to adjust.

Over time, you can take on more of a parenting role if that’s what you, your partner and your stepchild want.

Helping step-parenting go smoothly:

Talk with your partner. Ask your partner questions like:

  • What role do you want me to play with your child?
  • What should I do? What shouldn’t I do?
  • How will we know if it’s going well?
  • How will we give each other feedback without taking it too personally?

You can also think about what level of involvement you want and what feels comfortable to you.

Get to know your stepchild. Get to know your stepchild before you live together if you can.

Focus on positives.

Take things slowly.

Think about former partners. Your partner’s former partner might need time to adjust to you as a step-parent. It can be easier if you don’t have much involvement with your partner’s ex, at least at first.

It usually works best if the two parents talk about child care and other issues with each other, especially in the early years. But if your partner’s ex is happy to discuss arrangements with you, it’s fine if you and your partner also feel OK with that.

Over time you might get to know and like your partner’s ex and feel comfortable enough to share events like children’s birthdays or graduation celebrations.

Look after yourself.

How Do You Deal With Step Kids?



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