Make things easy to find. Jenny Turkelson, of Evansville, Wisconsin, uses an over-the-door shoe holder with clear pockets to organize her 7-month-old twin daughters’ socks, shoes, and items like hair bands, soft books, and toys.
The TwinGo baby carrier’s waist buckle may fail and cause babies to fall. Here’s what you need to know about this recall.
The mother of boy-and-girl twins, and author of Twinspiration: Real-Life Advice from Pregnancy through the First Year, answers questions about her twins’ personalities and behaviors.
Learn how to master the art of bottle-feeding twin newborns with these tips.
Two mouths to feed, you can’t chintz out here. Breastfeeding can work with twins, and if you can make it work, it’s the healthiest choice for the babies, for you, and certainly for your wallet. If breastfeeding is not the route you decide to go, formula will do the trick just fine.
Be a chief bottle preparer. When Tamara Pier’s twin son and daughter were infants, she prepared a day’s worth of bottles every morning (some moms prefer to do this in the evenings, when their babies are down for the night). “I used a washable marker to write each baby’s initials and the feeding time on each bottle,” says the Swartz Creek, Michigan, mom. Pier then lined the bottles in chronological order in the fridge. “This made it easy to grab the next bottle for the next feeding.”
While on the subject of burping, let me digress. When your babies are small, you will probably not burp them over your shoulder as you usually see on TV. For the first three to four months, until they really get good neck control, it often works best to burp baby while he or she sits on your lap. Hold his or her jaw around the chin in one hand supporting the head, and firmly pat the baby’s back with your other hand. We draped the burpie cloth over our hand supporting the head, and put the extra cloth over the leg toward which the baby was facing, just in case. Each baby gets a fresh cloth each burp session.
When you’re caring for twins, it can be twice as hard to feel like you’re getting anything accomplished at home. Heading out the door for a supposedly quick errand can seem like a herculean feat. Don’t panic. These parent-tested tricks will help things go more smoothly, both at home and when you’re out and about.
Life with newborn twins can be less chaotic when you use these tried-and-true tips from moms like you.
Even if you are handling burp duty single-handedly (which eventually you will have to) each baby deserves a fresh, cheese-free cloth. There are precious burp cloths out there that coordinate with bibs and outfits. If you get some as gifts, fantastic. For day-to-day and middle of the night use, cloth diapers serve the purpose well.
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Most formula manufacturers offer special coupons and deals for parents of multiples. Get on those lists early in your pregnancy. Even if you intend to breastfeed, those companies distribute great developmental information on babies, and you never know. Best to be prepared. Likewise, once your babies are on solid foods, lots of coupons are available to mommies of twins. You’ll still need to get double foodstuffs, but you can save a bit here and there.
You can’t leave the hospital without them. They can’t share. Our twosome even needed to be “tested” in their car seats for stress prior to being released from the hospital. We have a hysterical photo of our daughter sleeping away in her car seat with electrodes and monitors attached all over her. From what I hear, not every hospital requires this test, but don’t be surprised if yours does.
These are the images one family will cherish forever of their beautiful baby boy with his twin sister.
You can expect each baby to soil/wet 8 to 12 diapers a day for at least the first two months. Believe it or not, you want that. It confirms your babies are getting enough nutrition. You can do the math. You will go through 960 to 1,440 diapers in your first 60 days alone. We found off-brands (or less popular brands) to be just fine. We used off-brand petroleum jelly with each and every change, and rarely had rear rashes. You’ll figure out what works best for you. If friends ask what you need for the babies, you need diapers.
All content here, including advice from doctors and other health professionals, should be considered as opinion only. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others.
The twins, who share a heart and liver, were delivered via C-section and are currently listed in critical condition.
You will need to feed babies approximately eight times each 24-hour period the first couple of months. Get 20 to 30 cloths and you should be fine. You’ll be doing laundry often enough for that to be about right. If you feel you need more, get more. You can always use them for dustcloths or to mop up mini-messes later.
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Giving two babies a bath can be quite a challenge, but these tips can make bathing twins easier.
Believe it or not, having twins doesn’t mean you’ll never sleep again! These tips, including how to establish a schedule and create bedtime routines, can ensure a good night of shut-eye for everyone.
Cheryl Lage is a full-time, fully fulfilled mom to fraternal twins Darren and Sarah. During twin-synchronous sleeping hours, she is the Web host of www.twinfatuation.com, a Web support site for new and expecting twin parents.
If you are (or are about to be!) a parent of twins, find out what baby gear you need to make your life a little easier–and what you need to double up on.
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If you’re blessed with twins, establishing a routine will help you meet both babies’ needs.
Track your babies’ schedules. One of the most helpful baby gifts Elsbeth Russell received was a spiral notebook with pages separated into columns that allowed the family and caregivers to track the Russells’ twin boys’ feeding and sleeping schedules and diaper changes. “When you’re sleep deprived and getting to know two babies, it’s hard to keep track of which baby did what,” says the Gainesville, Florida, mom. This type of chart also allows mom to know each baby’s schedule when someone else is doing the caregiving.
Dad gets his turn to shine in this new video that shows what it’s like getting three babies and a toddler ready for bed at the same time.
Why dwell on the negatives of a twin pregnancy when you can enjoy the many positives of this wonderful time?
After each feeding, each baby will need burping. Often, baby burps travel with spit-up. Hopefully, you will have Daddy or a second set of hands burping one baby while you burp the other. You’ll need to protect yourselves from the burp cheese.
Our parenting expert on how to successfully get twin siblings to use the potty.
Bulk shopping for one baby is a good idea, but for twins it’s a necessity!
Now on the flip side, when a fast-flow bottle is introduced frequently prior to nursing/latching becoming well-established, that may cause problems getting the babies to breastfeed. Not because they are “confused” between nipples, but because the bottle nipple makes it far easier to get big mouthfuls of milk rapidly, and with minimal effort.
For babies under age 1, and less than 20 pounds, the car seats must be rear-facing. (If your babies reach 20 pounds prior to their first birthday, they still need to remain rear-facing. You’ll then need to invest in “convertible” car seats that can go from rear to front-facing, and that accommodate heavier babies.) Most firemen will install the bases into your vehicle for you, ensuring they are safely and properly in place. Don’t wait until late in your pregnancy to get this important task accomplished. Twins can and often do come early. Be ready.
This is the moment Nicole McDonald had dreamed of for 13 long months.
Two mouths. Both have a suck reflex, and are soothed by the process. You’ll need a minimum of two pacifiers. If you plan to breastfeed your babies, some wisdom advocates holding off a bit on introducing the pacifiers until nursing/latching is well-established. The phrase “nipple confusion” is one you will hear repeatedly. Personally, I don’t believe in nipple confusion where a binkie is concerned. No nourishment flows through a pacifier; give your babies some credit.
Welcome to the world of caring for twins. It’s awesome and exhausting at the same time.Here you’ll learn how to feed, bathe, synch your twins’ schedule, and much more.
Do double-duty with the diaper bag. A fully stocked diaper bag is a must. Make sure you have at least two sets of clean clothes for your babies (a clean shirt for you is a good idea, too), plenty of diapers and wipes, and a plastic bag to stash soiled clothing. “I go through the diaper bag twice before leaving home to make sure I’ve got everything,” says Meghann Buckles, of Irmo, South Carolina, mom to 7-month-old twin girls. Buckles also keeps a spare bag in her car with extra supplies. As soon as you get home, remove soiled items and repack the bag with clean clothes, diapers, and wipes. You’ll always be ready for the next outing.
After an eight-hour surgery involving 45 medical professionals, these baby girls have a good shot at survival.
Side note: Not a single book I read indicated when the parent-induced burping should stop. The “after-every-feeding” burping process continued for us until ours were about 6 months, and intermittently after that until they were about 8 months. Ours were exceedingly gassy. Yours may need regular burping for a shorter (or maybe longer) window of time.
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More than one teeny heartbeat on your ultrasound? Welcome to the very excited, very overwhelmed club! Take a big breath, Mama. You. Can. Do. This.
They are two children, with two distinct sets of achievements to document and cherish. Granted, the babies may be in high school before you get a chance to fill them all in with the notes you’ve jotted in your poo journal and on notepads, but they each need to have their own book. There are twin sets of baby books out there if you are seeking to coordinate every aspect of their early lives.
Expecting–and registering for–two little bundles of joy? Don’t worry; you don’t need two of everything. Our go-to baby registry list for twins will make shopping for two almost as much fun as eating for two.
What goes in must come out. Two bottoms, you can’t chintz out here either. They need coverage. Many of the predominant diaper manufacturers put coupons in the newspaper regularly and offer coupons to moms of twins. Be forewarned. Even with coupons, the name-brand diapers are much more expensive than off- and store-brands.
Life with newborn twins can be overwhelming, but these tips will help you bond with each of your babies.
Hold back on the shopping. It’s hard not to go crazy when registering for baby stuff or preparing for the arrival of your two little ones. “But twins can share a lot of baby gear, so parents don’t necessarily need to buy two of everything,” says Joe Rawlinson, author of A Dad’s Guide to Twins and father of 4-year-old twin girls. Twins are used to being together, and many parents find that the two babies sleep better when nestled in one crib. Separate them when they start rolling or moving more. Because high chairs can be space hogs, consider using feeding chairs (sometimes called booster seats) that strap onto your kitchen chairs or fasten to the table. Most parents of multiples find that they can get by just fine with one swing, one ExerSaucer, and one infant bathtub. Of course, every parent of multiples needs an endless supply of diapers, patience, and love.
Two mouths to feed. Two sets of burps to provoke. Two babies to dress. A diaper bag that needs to be prepped to handle needs of two infants. Two car seats to snap in. Two babies to strap into the stroller. Two children to undress and redress at the pediatrician’s office. Two cribs to keep in fresh linens. Two booties that need diapering. Two babies to individually hug and cuddle. Allow the extra time you need to do those things that must be done consecutively, one at a time. Attempting to “cram” too much activity into too little time will increase the stress on you, your partner, and your babies.
Even though you can only place a single spoonful in one baby’s mouth at a time, feeding your babies semi-simultaneously by alternating bites betwixt the two is far easier than trying to feed them in sequence. Especially if you have one hungry infant watching while his/her sibling is being fed! High chairs serve purposes beyond feeding. They are great containment for finger painting, coloring, and for off-the-floor playing with small toys/books. Some favorite photos of our twins have been taken in their high chairs. Get a pair. You’ll be glad you did.
Attention, Moms of Multiples! TwinGo Carriers Are Being Recalled
With twins, there are unavoidable doublings. Try to revel in all of them, especially the “Omigosh”‘s you’ll receive from onlookers when out and about with your precious babies. Twins are special, and as a Mommy of twins, you are, too. When you are purchasing double of the below listed items, try to look on the bright side. At least you will get through each need stage almost simultaneously. Here are the items you’ll need in bulk.
Watch the moment these 2-year-old twins saw each other for the first time after being separated.