The experience of nursing the second time around is easier and more challenging at the same time. This time you are prepared, you’ve done it before, you can do it again. The big challenge is, now you have a toddler and she still needs supervision, entertainment and attention, otherwise she’ll find ways of entertaining herself, which does not always bode well. Fortunately there are many ways of keeping your toddler entertained while nursing.
- Read a book – if you haven’t already now it a great time to introduce your little one to the magic of books, have your toddler cuddle up next to you while you read, baby will also enjoy hearing the sound of your voice.
- Sorting games, building blocks, stacking cups and puzzles – these are easy to manage, plus as a bonus help to improve small motor skills for your toddler. If you feel up to it sit on the floor next to her with a nursing pillow for support, so that you can help her if she asks.
- Flash cards, sensory cards and I spy games – you can ask her to ‘teach’ the baby by telling her what’s on the cards, or point out objects in the room and name them to baby.
- Ball and Beanbag games– These are great activities to do if she’s feeling too energetic to sit down. Roll a ball away from you across the floor and have your toddler chase it down and bring it back to you. Give her a bean bag and ask her to stand on it, then put it on her head, her knee, your foot, the table, anywhere.
- Sing – Children love singing, sing your toddlers favorite song, or ask her to sing a song to the baby.
- Have a tea party – Ask your little one to set up a tea party. Show her how to arrange her teddies or dolls, give them cups and pour them tea.
- Crafts – if you need your hands free, strap her into the high chair with some crayons and paper and have her scribble away. Or you can give her a sensory box to play with.
- Give her something to eat – If your baby’s lunch has coincided with your toddler’s, strap her into her high chair while feeding your little one. Stick with food that isn’t to messy, that she can handle by herself, otherwise you’ll have even more work on your hands.
- Spend some time outside – Sometimes a change in scenery is just what’s needed to keep your toddler busy, spread out a blanket on the lawn in your garden and have her run around and play while you’re nursing. Plus it gets you out of the house and allows you to get some Vitamin D (just remember the Sunscreen).
- Embrace technology – There are so many fun and educational apps available on tablets and smart phones, that can keep little ones entertained for ages.