Tips on caring for Twins

Tips on caring for Twins

Being the mother of twins can seem very overwhelming but with patience and time you will be a great mother to your twins and also maintain your sanity.

Here are some do’s and don’ts for caring for your twin babies.

DO 

Do Sync Their Schedules

Getting your twins on the same feeding and napping schedule is essential.

If you don’t keep the same schedule you will never get any time for yourself to rest as you will be feeding, burping, rocking and changing around the clock.

When one infant wakes up to feed, wake the other one up as well,” says Dr. Shelly Vaziri Flais, a pediatrician, mom of twins and the author of “Raising Twins.” “This is the one time where the ‘rule’ about never waking a sleeping baby needs to be broken.” She recommends getting a twin feeding pillow to make it easier to nurse or bottle-feed both twins at once.

Do Connect With Other Twin Moms

Find a local twins or multiples club in your area. You may just meet another mother or join a club, but either way it will allow you to set up play dates, have a moms nights out and get the support that you need from others in the same situation. To find a group in your area, visit the National Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs or do a search on Google or Facebook for twins clubs.

Do Choose Gender-Neutral Clothing if you have boy/girl twins

Though you’re probably eager to clothe your little princess in pretty pinks and your boys in blue’s, dressing boy/girl twins will be much easier in the early months if you opt for unisex onesies and sleepers. “It saves so much money and sorting.

Do Buy Baby Essentials Online

Twin babies go through diapers, wipes and other everyday items at lightning speed. Think about shopping online for those everyday items. Try sites like:

Amazon.com or Target.com

It will save you time and there will be no loading and unloading the car, carting giant boxes through the store and less stress if you have to take the twins to the store with you.

Do Chill Out 

Take each day at a time and do not let the fact that it is hard work to stop doing things and going places. Try not to get too stressed when caring for your twin babies and make sure you enjoy each moment.

DON’T 

Don’t Double Up on Everything

Two babies means two of everything, right? Not necessarily. “You never know what your babies are going to like.  Start with one swing or bouncer, then buy another if you need it. ” More often than not, you’ll find you can get by with only one of each. Of course, you will need two car seats, cribs and other essentials.

Don’t Get Clothing With Lots of Snaps

Clothing with zippers is easier and faster than snaps.

Don’t Go in Alone

Caring for twin babies is a lot of work. There are two mouths to feed, two sets of diapers to change and two different cries to soothe. So don’t be afraid to get help from friends, family or a nanny. If you are feeling overwhelmed ask for help from a family member or hire a part-time nanny.

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