For those of you who have a toddler and a baby:
What do you do while you are getting baby down for naps? 2 or 3 times a day I'm nursing baby down in our big bed and the toddler is very interruptive. If he is left to his own, he will crawl all around the baby or walk around his head, hit him in the head (!), or throw toys like duplo around the bed, play making a lot of noise, throw pillows, you get the idea. He seems to think it's funny to bother baby while he's trying to go to sleep. Needless to say this make the process impossible.
So what do I do? Most days I put on a show for him to watch. This means he is watching TV for much, much longer than I want (1-2 hours a day). I'm not okay with this, but the alternative is barking at him and getting very frustrated at him while baby gets overtired and ignored. Also, I've tried locking him in his room. He'll protest at this, but sometimes I hear him playing happily after a little crying at the door. 1) I'm trying to look for ideas to keep him occupied other than TV (something that he'll do 100% independently) 2) I'm trying to figure out if it's harmful to lock him in his room vs. sticking him in front of the TV for hours. Any help?
I intentionally spend a lot of one-on-one time with him while baby is sleeping, but he still wants all my attention WHILE I'm getting baby to sleep. Other times he will run off playing happily all by himself.
I get really frustrated because I feel like families are meant to live in community and mothers aren't meant to parent all by themselves all day. There SHOULD be another person around to keep the toddler occupied, but there isn't.
So, what? He has to watch TV or be locked away???