Babies spend most of their lives sleeping. And with all the information out there for new parents and the universal truth that babies should not be put to sleep on their bellies, helping baby to do something so natural and safe should be the easiest thing in the world. Right?
Remember how nerve-racking it was bringing baby home from the hospital the first time? Worrying if you produced enough milk, worrying if using formula was okay, questioning baby’s breathing patterns, deciding if you should wake her to feed. Is he eating enough? Is she crying too much? Is this a good swaddle? All the books say something different! Is this normal?!
Now imagine going through all that without your partner.
One of the questions every parent of multiples gets asked is: “What do you do when the babies cry at the same time?” Below is a real answer from Denise Stern, whose newborn twins arrived when her baby boy was just 17 months old:
I will never forget when my sweet-natured 22 month- old son had night terrors and my twin infants were 4 months old; still teeny girls getting up overnight to eat. One night after soothing my son back to sleep, he got out of his toddler bed and inadvertently locked himself in his room. When he realized what had happened, he started screaming with fright. Naturally, this was the exact moment the twins loudly awakened for their 1am feeding.