Parents of multiples are often overwhelmed, overtired and overdosed on advice. Our Registered Nurses and Newborn Care Providers answer the most common questions and concerns we receive from parents here:
- How do you get twins on the same sleep schedule?
Feeding is the anchor to a baby’s schedule. When we talk about “getting babies on a schedule” however, what we are really saying is that we’re following baby’s natural growth cycle and cues. When baby is just born their feeding may be on demand, since that’s what they did in the womb. Then the feeding cycle will naturally stretch to 2 hours, then 3 and then eventually 4 hours. When we feed twins at the same time, it follows that their bodies will be ready for sleep at the same time. There is no magic to this; it is just a matter of always offering milk/formula at the same time until after a few days the babies hungry times will synch. (It is much easier than it sounds).
On a side note, parents of twins who have been on the same schedule for years will tell you that potty training is so challenging because toddlers usually have to use the potty at the same time since they are eating and sleeping at the same time!
- So what do you do when you just started to feed one baby and the twin sibling is crying from hunger?
It’s inevitable that 1 baby will cry while your tending to the other. That is life with multiples or more than 1 child. The best way to minimize these situations though is to just get used to feeding both babies at the same time. For bottle feeding, this means using 2 Boppy pillows and offering the twins’ bottles at the same time. For nursing moms, setting yourself up on a cozy bed and both babies to tandem nurse is the answer. Nursing while babies lay “football style” allows your hands to be free to burp each baby while the other is nursing. It takes practice but you can do it!
- What is the 1 must-have baby product for parents of multiples?
A baby Bjorn or other baby carrier that allows one twin to be worn is an absolute must for parents of mulitples. Being held by a parent means security for baby and ensures 2 free hands. There are also twin slings and baby carriers for advanced baby carrying!
- Do you have any other insider tips to offer parents of twin babies?
Stock up on Diapers, Wipes and Essentials…NOW – Stock the nursery with diapers of all sizes. Having the next size diaper at the ready instead of waiting til the babies grow out of them makes one less emergency trip to the store and minimize messes. An average newborn feeds a minimum of 10 times per 24 hour period. That means a minimum of 20 diaper changes a day for your twins!
That’s about 1,500 diapers just in the first 3 months of life. Say it out loud. One thousand. Five hundred. Diapers.
Pre-Printed Grocery Lists Type out the top 20 grocery items your family uses all the time. When a neighbor or relative asks how they can help, give them the list, have them check the house for whatever is needed and then go and get it.
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