o.k would you consider taking on an extra baby [6 mth old] when you already have two 2 yr olds and two after school kids 7/8..the two yr old [only just two] would still need a buggy and what do i do with baby? i walk to school every day but obviously if bad weather then its car!!
i have a double buggy but what im asking is..how will i manage when ive got the two yr old in a buggy plus a 6 monthold and school run.which is normally fast walking..remember they are only just turned two so unable to walk that fast and that far ! plus how would you manage sleep times..three cots!!! if any of you have this arrangement id love to share your experiences and work out how you manage..thanks
3 month old (ds2), 9 month old, 19 month old & 5 yr old (ds1)
2 days a week I have:
3 month old (ds2), 17 month old, 19 month old & 5 yr old (ds1)
I also sometimes have a 4 yr old school pick up (adhoc)
The car is fine as have all seats. We then walk from where we park and I have 2 in double pushchair and my baby in a sling. The after schoolers then hold on to the side of the pushchair.
Yes, it's hard work but it's also very rewarding. On days like today where I'm knackered due to my own baby waking in the night, I wish I didn't have them all so young but most of the time I think it's great and I look forward to them all being older and still being similar ages and enjoying the same things
I say go for it! There are always buggy boards and seats to attach so I actually think your ages should be easier.
I had 3 around 15 months to 18 months. I drove to school but then would have a double buggy and carry the other in my arms! It was difficult to say the least. That summer was particularly hot and it was really hard work. I developed tendonitis in my Achilles tendons (both legs) from leaning forward and pushing the buggy at a peculiar angle.
The three are still very good friends though for differing reasons I no longer childmind them. They all see each other every day at the same preschool and when I asked my now almost 4 year old son who he wanted to invite to his party, their names were the only two mentioned!
Having said all of that: I would not do that again!! Not for all the tea in China!
Every day I either have two 2 year olds and a one year old, or two one year olds and a two year old. I also pick up at least 2, sometimes 4 from school. I use a double buggy with a buggy board. Never had a problem (other than a rising 5 wanting to go on the buggy board!) and can walk pretty quickly if I need to.
On one day a week I have 3 under 3's and they're all at different ages. It's hard to attend groups and walk anywhere. I have a twin pushchair that doesn't allow me to attach a buggy board. I have a very lazy ds who doesn't like to walk too far. I have to drive if I go anywhere. But as its only one day its fine for me.
I guess only you know what you're able to cope with.
Boy youre all amazing..im thinking i want an easier life..im getting to old for all this..ive worked for over 20 yrs with kids in various capacities but somedays especially when your own baby is a terrible sleeper at nights etc i really dont feel like the idea of an additional 6 month when it comes to it although the younger two that i look after get on brilliantly..might have to think about getting one of those sit and ride attachments similar to a buggy board!! are they called a litaf seat or something..not the one hat goes at the side but behind..
I wouldn't do it - you might regret it and then be in for some hard work - why don't you wait until the two year olds are better walkers and then take on another one or is this a friend or somebody you feel you can't turn down?
if it helps I have ds2 all time age 2 mindee 1 monday tuesday thursday friday 6.30am until 2.30pm mindee 2 monday thursday friday 11 til 2 mindee 3 monday to friday 12.30 until 7pm use double pushchair with or without buggy board for short journeys for long journeys double buggy with single buggy attached with connectors with or without buggyboard