First, you need to get the sleep, nourishment and emotional rest you require. This is first because you are taking care of everyone. So much hinges on your health and well-being that this will be the primary need for quite a while. This means you get to bend the rules. Your two-year-old sits next to Daddy in bed and eats dinner on a tray? Fine. You allow your child to sleep with you because it allows you to get rest? Fine. You hire all kinds of support or ask friends and family for help? Yes. You get to decide what the needs are and do not worry about ruining your child’s sleep habits in the long run. That will all work itself out. I promise.
Second, as much as it is possible given the situation, you need to maintain as much routine and schedule as you can. A child this age flourishes and feels safe when everything is predictable, even if the predictability feels a little wild…
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