Having twins, despite the exceptional joy that comes with their birth, can become a daunting task when we think about taking proper care of them. Not to worry! In today’s article, we are here to bring you some tips you can easily follow.
Two in the Same Crib?
Like all newborns, they need time to develop good sleeping habits. At first, babies can sleep in the same crib to feel safer and calmer, as this mimics the situation in the womb. It will only be necessary to separate them to prevent them from waking up if their sleep patterns are different. If you want them to continue to sleep next to each other, there are cribs specially designed for twins.
Crying is one of the most distressing situations for parents, and if it happens twice, the nerves are seriously affected. In many cases, you won’t know who to comfort first. Try to stay calm and think that even if they cry for a few more minutes, nothing will happen to them. Solve problems one at a time and always remember that one of the things about twins is that within a few weeks they will learn to wait their turn. Over time, you will get to know them and know at all times who to pay attention to first, and you can even rock them and pay attention to them at the same time.
Breastfeeding is Possible
Your breasts are ready to feed more than one baby. The amount of milk is not a problem, because the greater the stimulation, the greater the production. The pediatrician will check the growth curve of the babies, which will indicate if it is enough or if it is necessary to give them additional bottles.
The ideal is to learn to breastfeed them at the same time, one from each breast. This way, they will regulate their rhythms and you will have more free time between feedings, because at the beginning, as they do not have much weight, they will have to eat every two hours. The midwife will show you how to do this. The most comfortable thing to do so that your back does not suffer from the weight of both babies is to feed them in bed. Place the babies on your side with their legs back and their heads facing your breasts. There are special pillows available, but if you don’t have one, place a regular pillow under each baby’s body so that their mouths are at the right height. Change breasts at every feeding.
If you are bottle-feeding, share the feed with your partner or family to save time. Alternate babies so you can all enjoy the sweet, tender moments that happen at feeding time.
Buy for Two
There are many items on the market that make caring for and resting with children easier, such as double backpacks, crib dividers, clips to join strollers, special strollers… Planning what you need according to the characteristics of your home, visiting specialized stores, asking advice from other parents and buying according to your needs are wise steps. The web pages of multiple birth associations will be a good place to start to find all kinds of special accessories for twins and triplets. Second hand items are a great option and should not be overlooked.
Don’t Call Them “The Twins”
Just because they were born at the same time doesn’t mean your children are identical. Each has their own character and it’s important to reinforce their individuality from birth. Spend time with each of them separately and call them by name, trying not to address them as “the twins”, “the twins”, “the kids”… It is advisable to promote the personality of each child by choosing different clothes for them. If people confuse you because of their great physical resemblance, it is advisable to associate each child with a distinctive sign – a colored bow, a brooch, a pin… – that allows for quick identification.
There you go! With these tips you should be better prepared to take care of them. Have you learned any other tips that we didn’t mention? Share them with us in the comments below.