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If you have a child already and are currently expecting, or planning on having the next, firstly; congratulations, what lovely news! Secondly; you have some planning to do, because having more than one small child in the family is a whole different ball game, so it’s a smart idea to prepare as much as possible.
Obviously, an extra little human in the household is going to require some space of their own, and for all their things. Try to remember all the stuff your first one needed (then double it, because you’re wearing those rose-tinted glasses), coupled with the fact that your firstborn will continue to grow and need more stuff. Therefore, being savvy with storage and space is a smart idea. If the kids will eventually share their bedroom, after baby’s moved out of your room, then it’s important that both feel they have their own areas within the room. Clothes, products, and toys will continue to multiply as is from nowhere; so finding specific places for everything will help the family find stuff with ease (hopefully alleviating any stressful situations). For some ingenious bedroom and storage ideas for your kids, check out Pinterest here.
Even if you managed to squeeze one small child in with both parents, and, sometimes, the dog into your first car that you bought as a couple about a decade ago (well done, that’s quite an achievement); it’s unlikely that another baby seat and a new child seat for your first child are all going to fit. As your family is growing, it’s time to invest in a suitable family car, that’s going to last a while and won’t break down on the highway en-route to a family getaway. If you’re thinking about a car upgrade, and don’t want the hassle of traipsing around a heap of car dealerships; then you could check out Cars and Co Mazda CX-5, who consider your time and money carefully, as they can deliver the vehicle straight to your door and offer competitive rates. You’ll feel much safer in a secure, spacious new car, and the whole family will appreciate it on any journey (which will also increase with an extra child).
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Whether it’s meal planning, or a weekly shop, or even shopping for items like clothes and books; it’s worth planning where and when you’re going to get stuff. Planning ahead allows you to pick some great deals on multi buys, and you’ll have the kitchen fully stocked up when the in-laws pop over for lunch at the weekend. Forward planning might seem like an annoying task, but you’ll appreciate the effort when you saved money and time (because nobody has to rush out to the store at the last minute). Make lists of what you’re likely to eat for the week ahead, and if it’s a large one-pot meal; it’s a good idea to make extra and freeze some, which helps if you need to feed the kids and yourself quickly, and with little fuss. Buying items you don’t immediately need, but will do something in the future, like a vacation, is a great opportunity to utilize sales and special offers. You can then be smug that you’re as ready as you can be for any occasion.