Did you find out you were expecting twins? Don’t worry, me too! I have been there. Take a look at these inspiring Twin Tips and Tricks, turning your doubt and worry into “I’ve got this!”
Twin Tips and Tricks
How to Manage Twin Babies
The initial shock of knowing you’re having twins can be overwhelming. Trust me, I know. You start researching, wondering how you will balance these two delicate lives. Twins are going to take everything one baby takes, but times two… Ahhh. It sounds crazy, but you will soon enough find a new norm. When annoucing our twins, I sought the advice of been there, dont that moms. Take a look at this VERY HELPFUL Facebook post of Twin Mom Advice.
Just like any other baby, a routine is necessary for everyone’s sanity. You will literally find yourself scheduling every moment of your day, just to survive. Your twins will soon realize when feeding time is and when nap time is. Although newborns are on their own schedule, you all will fall into a family schedule. Soon, you will know when your twins are hungry, tired, or when they just want to nap. You can even write your schedule down if this helps save your sanity a little. With my first three, On Becoming Baby Wise was a lifesaver. I hear that Baby Wise is still a must with twins. ( I am in this Babywise Facebook Group and it has been so helpful!)
Get them used to sleeping close together
Your twins have just spent 40 weeks (more/less) in the womb together. It may seem crazy to put them in the same crib, but hear me out. You will want them to be on the same schedule in the long run. When one sleeps, you will want the other one to sleep. Even if you have older children who are a little noisy, your twins will learn how to sleep, even with the extra noise around. Sleeping together always seems to be the best bet when it comes to dealing with twin babies. The Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard with Twins Bassinet is a great deal. I also heard great things about the larger size JOOVY Room2 Twin Nursery Centerwhich fits perfectly in the JOOVY New Room2 Playard. Don’t forget a white noise sound machine is a must!
Learn how to feed your babies at the same time
It may feel like you want to lose your mind trying to feed your babies at the same time, but it’s all about routine and saving time. You will never get any rest if it takes each baby 45 minutes to eat. Think about everything you do for a single baby, only you’ll be doing this for two babies. It takes some time to get used to, but soon enough you will be a pro at these sorts of things. After many recommendations, I picked up this Twin Z Pillow for nursing my two – think football hold!
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
When you can get help with taking care of the twins, do so. Don’t turn down someone offering to help you. If you work outside of the home, you will need to start preparing for that. However, if you will be staying home, you will be able to get in a bit of a routine with your twins. You may even want to have a relative, parent, aunt, anyone come stay with you while you get settled with twins. Sharing the responsibility with twins is something you will want to do. Trying to do everything on your own will wear you down quickly.
You will need the hands (and tools)
Invest in a light weight stroller frame. Something that your car seats can snap into. You likely will not need a larger, jogging-type stroller until about the time that the babies are 6 months old. Yes, you might stay home 90% of the time, but there are doctors appointments, outdoor walks, and grocery runs. After it was recommended to us, we love the cost and efficiency of this Snap-N-Go Stroller Frame. Also consider a carrier (for both kids). The Twin Carrier has been sworn by for many twin moms.
You don’t need two of everything
Contrary to popular belief, having twins doesn’t mean you need two of everything. Instead, think of what you will only need one of. You don’t need to have matching everything for twin babies. In fact, you can rotate their clothing. Keep in mind that you can share many things between your twins.
Managing twin babies is going to take some work. However, your mama instinct will kick in and you’ll be a pro in no time. It takes a special mom to be a twin mama. If you are a yes person, reverse that yes into helping others and this time, don’t turn down genuine help from friends and family. You will need it and be most gracious!
Enjoy those twin babies.
Basic Twin Registry
- Buggy Bench Shopping Cart Seat
- Twin Z Pillow
- Twin Stroller Frame
- Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard with Twins Bassinet
- Podee Hands-Free Baby Bottle Feeding System
- Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper
- TwinGo Original Baby Carrier – Separates to 2 Single Carriers
- Boon Bottle Drying Rack
- Baby Monitor with Two Cameras
The toddler age is a joy (I say that with sarcasm, but it is truly some of my most memorable years with my kids.) Take a look at these Toddler Tips and Tricks – Hacks for New and Old Moms. Pin to Pinterest.
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