Double Trouble: Preparing for Twins
So, you've just found out you're having twins?
First of all, congratulations! You must be very excited. And perhaps a little shocked? Or a tad nervous?
Try not to worry if you are, it's perfectly natural to feel this way. Many people who find out that they're going to be parents to two little bundles of joy often feel this way at first.
So, this week we are going to tackle the question that is probably playing on your mind: how do you prepare for twins?
We have put together these top tips so that you will (hopefully!) feel ready to take on the task of two tiny toddlers...
Twins are notroious for arriving early (at around week 36 on average), so it's all in the timing.
Make sure you prepare yourself and your family (especially if you have another child), as well as getting your nursery ready for the new arrivals.
We also recommend that you buy these key products before the birth:
1. Double Twin Prams
This will be vital for you and your babies if you ever want to get out and about, so it's important that you invest in a good one!
Here at Prams.net we have a large variety of prams for twins. There are two different styles to choose from - a tandem stroller (where the babies sit in single file), and a side by side stroller (where the babies sit - yep, you guessed it - side by side).
We have listed a popular choice for each style below:
Why We Love This Pram: Not only is this pram easy on the eyes, it also offers a huge amount of space for your babies despite its small size. The fact that this pram can be combined with three different attachments, including the Cybex Aton 4 Car Seats, means that this pram can be used from birth.
Side by Side:
Why We Love This Pram: The air tyres make this pram ideal for all types of different terrain, making it the perfect pram for those long sunday walks. Its narrow width ensures that you won't struggle to get through any doors and the soft, cosy seats, with an adjustable back rest so that your baby can lie down, makes this pram nap central.
To look at more Double Twin Prams, click here.
2. Car Seats
These will be needed immediately in order to get your newborns home safely from the hospital. We also recommend that you familiarise yourself with how the car seat works before you have your hands full with your little angels.
Struggling to choose? Check out this car seat:
Why We Love This Car Seat: This is the perfect combination of security and comfort, for 0-18 month old babies. It's easy to handle, and even has a rocking motion so that your baby will be lulled to sleep (and you can have a bit of peace and quiet on long journeys!). A beautifully designed car seat, it is an affordable buy.
To look at more Car Seats, click here.
Attend Child Birth Classes
It might be worth seeing if there are any child birth classes available near you specifically for twins.
Perhaps consult your hospital? Or have a look online? Atttending one may put your mind at ease, and give you a chance to have a chat with mum's in the same position.
Again, it's better to go to these earlier rather than later, just in case your twins make an early appearance.
For all you hoarders out there, this one will appeal to you...
Make sure that you stock up on items that you're going to need a lot of. Bulk buy items such as diapers (and prepare to be using between 150-200 diapers per week!), baby wipes, and baby formula (if you choose to use this). By buying in bulk you will save some pennies, and you can spend some more time with your babies - or sleeping!
We're not going to beat around the bush, having twins is hard work! And you need to remember that you're not alone.
Every superhero has a side kick, right? You need to find your very own Robin to swoop in and save the day when you're in need.
Having someone to help bathe two little babies, to do that pile of dishes that have been sitting on the side for two days, or even someone to watch over the twins whilst you nap for half an hour, will let you restore your super powers ready for your next battle.
Help may come in many forms. If you have the money why not hire a full time professional whilst you get used to your new life? And if not, then enlist the help of granny and grandpa. Never be afraid to ask; most people will be only too happy to help you out.
Organisation is definitely going to be key when you have two cheeky monkeys on your hands.
Trust me when I say that it will not only make your life that much easier, but will help you live through the sleep deprived fog that has become your mind.
Cook Like You're Feeding a Restaurant!
If you were ever a student, then you'll know what I mean. Instead of just making a meal for one night, why not cook enough so that you can freeze it in batches and have it again for several nights. This will take the pressure off having to cook whilst ensuring that you're still eating healthily.
With two little babies, things can get mixed up very quickly. If you label the pacifers, bottles, clothes, and even the babies if you have to (yes, I do know someone who labelled her newborn twins so that she wouldn't mix them up), then it will make your life a lot easier.
Write it Down
It might be a good idea to chart each baby's feeding and toilet habits. This way you will be able to tell straight away if something is wrong, and you will have the information on hand for your doctor.
Look Out for Yourself
It's too easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of looking after your children. However, it is absolutely vital that you look after yourself too.
Remember to eat, sleep, and take half hour in the evening to spend some time with your partner. Your health is important - don't forget that! Ensuring that you're doing these things will ultimately make you a more effective super mum.
We would also recommend that you make the rest of your life as simple as possible. Do your food shopping online, don't stress about doing the housework (who cares if it's a little messy, you have two babies to look after!), and if you need to have a dressing gown day, go for it!
Cut yourself some slack, you're doing an amazing job and deserve a break in some areas of your life!
Relax. Breathe. Take one day at a time...
Yes, this is going to be your toughest challenge yet. But it's also going to be a truly amazing one. And there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Try and cherish those quiet moments you spend with your little ones at 4am, laugh at those sticky situations you find yourself in, and rock the attention that always seems to follow twins around.
Positivity is the key... just make sure you have a camera on hand so that you can capture these precious moments whilst they're babies.
Don't forget to head over to our website Prams.net to check out our products for twins.
Have a lovely week!