Nobody said raising twins would be easy but usually the hardest things in life are the most rewarding. If you’re expecting a double whammy of newborn love anytime soon then here’s some advice to get you through.
Experiment with nap methods
Finding out what puts your baby to sleep is like finding the holy grail of parenting. Considering you have two individual babies needs to consider experiment with all kinds of nap inducing methods. You could try:
- Pushing them in a stroller
- Swaddling them in their cribs
- Using MyDeal baby equipment such as baby carriers or swings
- Laying them on a blanket on the floor
Have them on the same routine
If you’re constantly dealing with the needs of one baby only to swap over to the other you’ll run out of steam in no time. Keeping both your twins on the same sleeping and feeding routine won’t be easy but it will have massive rewards. Olivia Anderson from Flat Out Mum shares her experience raising twin boys:
“After having four boys in 5.5 years, including identical twins, I often get asked for advice on how to cope with so many little children, especially twins. I think the most important thing to do when you have twins especially, is to lower your expectations & never compare yourself to other parents.
Try to establish a good routine from early on with both babies feeding & sleeping at the same time if possible. This will make for some very busy periods (feeding time!), but also some periods of rest for the parents. I created the Twincredible Feeding pillow so one adult could comfortably & efficiently feed two babies at once exactly for this purpose.
Another BIG tip is to ask for help & delegate where possible. Don't worry about a messy house if you need to rest.
You don’t need two of everything
Two babies equals two of everything, right? Wrong. There’s no way to tell if both your twins will enjoy using a baby walker so why double up? Many products these days are suited to caring for two babies, like a double seated twin-friendly pram. Plus, there’s no harm in letting them share until you have a better sense of their individual needs. They can even share a cot until they reach 3 months of age.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Let’s get one thing straight - all mums are supermums. But even superheros work in teams from time to time. Whether you’re leaning on your family and friends to get you through or decide to hire a nanny there’s nothing wrong with asking for help. Forcing yourself to do it alone will be more detrimental to your health, and in turn your twin’s, than acknowledging it takes a village to raise a child.
Double the babies is a recipe for double the trouble and joy and we hope you find the experience simpler now that you have these tips.