3 children is hard to handle altogether but what about when they are all under 3… just how hard is it and how do you prepare?

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  • Yes, lower your expectations, accept help where you can and organization is the key. Consider to do groceries online or have your husband/partner doing them after work. Go for easy meals when needed, frozen foods can be handy; sweet potato chips, wedges, corn on the cob, frozen mixed veggies, frozen onion, spinach etc and here and there a take away is fine.

  • My 3 brothers and myself are one year apart and I am the eldest . In fact I am only 11 months older than my second brother and then eight years later my youngest brother was born and he was an accident . My mother doesn’t know English ( very little ) and my dad worked nearly 7 days for bread and butter. She stayed at home basically and did all the chores herself . Hence , she is really a control freak which made it easier for her . My mother in law had 5 kids , so I asked hub how did your mum coped and he said one day at a time . There is your answer .

  • i hope that you are coping alright and you must be super busy!

  • Don’t be too hard on yourself, your kids won’t remember if your house was super clean, if you cooked with a jar of something one night. Enjoy them while they are young. Routine is great to help you not go crazy lol

  • Thank you all for you wise words :) taken all on board now just waiting for what comes :)

  • I agree with below posts, lower your expectations. Dont try and be a super mum. If you dont get everything acheived but the kids are happy then so be it. Goodluck its very hard work. Remember though it will get easier and take the time to enjoy as much as you can now as the old saying is true, they are only small for such a short time, and you want to remember the good times not the stressful ones. Dont stress the small stuff.

  • My mum had 3 under 3. It was really hard for her. She had to be super organised and men didn’t really help with children back then. If you partner helps and gives you some time to yourself it will help you cope. Organisation is the key. And looking after yourself so you can look after each child as they deserve.

  • Thank you zoe :) twins would be difficult to handle let alone so young, good job too you :) I think I will just take it one step at a time im sure some days il be super mum and have the kids in routine and a clean house, then reality will strike and kids will misbehave and my house will be destroyed :) I am certain we will all surive if other people have :)

  • when our twins were born our first was not yet 2, so we had 3 children under 2!
    Thank goodness my Mum flew over to help for 6 weeks. Then one of the twins got sick, hospitalized for a short time and was unwell for about 4.5 months.
    Things were hard! We could not get into any routines as all 3 children had different needs at different time, even the twins slept and ate at different times!
    My biggest pieces of advice – lower your expectations about what you want to achieve in a day! Sometimes it’s a successful day if all 3 children are fed and have slept… they don’t need to get out of their pj’s unless you are going out, or to impress someone coming for a visit! My house is clean, but usually untidy. TV is OK if you need a break, a phone call, or a coffee!
    Now the twins are 1 and DD is about to turn 3 – it has been a hideously hard year, I will admit that easily. But the rewarding moments and milestones come thick and fast when all 3 children are so close together. Birthdays are a time for real celebration, not just for the kids but for Mum and Dad, too!

  • Thank you ladies :)

  • You just have to be very routined this should help.

  • I dont think you can prepare yourself i think you just have to go with the flow and deal with each situation as it comes you soon get yourself into a strict routine with the children.

  • I had a 3yo, 2yo and a newborn (they’re all a year older now). I was lucky to have help from family and hubby. I also tried to prepare food in advanced and freeze before bub came which helped for at least a month. Also lower your expectations on what you’re going to be able to do. Everyone knows and understands what work 3 kids can be, let alone 3 under 3. I say in my head alot, “it wont always be like this.”

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