Finding out that you are going to be parents can be an overwhelming feeling. When expecting twins, the joy is doubled and so are the challenges. Raising twins is definitely at least twice the work with very little to no sleep, multiple feedings, and possibly tandem breastfeeding and double the crying. The first year can be a daunting experience, especially because even just one baby will take up all your time. However, planning can ensure you enjoy the first year with your babies.
Preparing for Twins
Start preparing for your babies very early on in your pregnancy. Planning your nursery to accommodate the babies is the first step in the process. You will have to buy double of most items such as cribs, diapers, clothes, car seats, and a double stroller or carrier. Shop smartly by finding discounts for twins, as many stores offer such deals. Getting your home ready for your twins before your due date will remove a lot of your stress and will allow you to focus on welcoming your bundles of joy.
Planning a Routine
Once your babies are here, start planning a routine for your twins to ensure everything flows smoothly. The babies’ naptime, feeding time, laundry, visits to the doctor, etc. should be planned and followed. There are many apps to help you maintain a track of things like the time your baby was last fed, slept or changed, making the mammoth tasks, simple.
Once you get into a routine you can then prioritize your health and dietary requirements. Plan a routine in a way that allows you to rest, sleep, eat and heal while raising your babies. Let your family take turns in helping you and allowing you to take some time off for yourself too.
Feeding Your Twins
If you choose to exclusively breastfeed your twins try tandem feeding them to save time. Feeding two babies at a time can be tricky but you will soon figure it out. Use a breastfeeding pillow specially designed for twins such as the Brest Friends Twins Plus Feeding Pillow.
Keep yourself well hydrated during and in between feeds. Breastfeeding makes you thirsty so keep water or juices handy. If you’re breastfeeding twins, you need to eat a healthy and balanced diet to nurture you and your babies.
Get a Helping Hand
The first year of parenting is exhausting and challenging, and more so with twins. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, let your spouse, family and friends give you a helping hand. They will be more than happy to step in to make things easier for you. Ask them to help with running errands, buying supplies, or making meals. This will give you time to take care of the twins and yourself.
Getting enough sleep is important for both the babies and moms. Well-rested children are less cranky, play well, therefore, there is less stress on you. We recommend that you set up two separate cribs for the twins to allow the babies to have their own space.
According to What To Expect, “Some experts warn that tandem sleeping can increase the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) once the babies are able to roll over. Twins are also more likely to be born prematurely or have low birth weights, both of which can put them at an increased risk of SIDS. Most experts, including the AAP, recommend placing multiples in separate cribs from the start, which will ensure that neither baby gets overheated or becomes entangled with the other one somehow.”
Bonding with Your Babies
The most important thing in parenting is to enjoy motherhood and bond with your babies. Don’t let the responsibilities and the nerves of being a multiples parent pull you away from getting to know your twins and having fun. Go out for a stroll in the park to get some fresh air and exercise. This will help you destress and spend quality time with your babies. It’s also a good opportunity to socialize with your neighbors and other parents.
The first year of parenting twins can be overwhelming so do follow these tips and recommendations, then bask in the joy of watching them grow!
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Roselin Raj is a journalist and writer. She has been writing extensively on health and wellness related topics for a little over a decade now. Besides her professional interests, she loves a game of basketball or a good hike in her free time to fuel her spirits. “Health is wealth” is one motto of life which she lives by as well as advocates to every reader who comes across her blogs.