As a mother to twins with an older sibling I often get asked how I manage it all. I look like quite the scene when I try to go out and run errands. As anyone with twins or lots of little kids close in age knows, you get asked questions everywhere you go. Trust me, we are quite the scene when we are trying to get stuff done.
I always joke that I want to get a T-shirt made with all of my answers to FAQs listed on it.
1. Yes. I do have my hands full.
2. Yes twins run in my family (although we forced the issue a bit).
3. Fraternal twins.
4. No, they sure don’t look alike.
5. Please tell me all about the 15 other people you know that have twins. Later.
Most women who are expecting twins, or just curious, ask me about the day to day with twins as babies. Here is worked for me:
My Boys had two separate cribs but slept in a shared one crib until they were about six months old. Every doctor and nurse had a different answer as to sharing or separate cribs is best. This was my logic. When my boys came home from the hospital at 4 pounds they burned too many calories keeping themselves warm. Since they couldn’t roll or move, they cuddled in their crib. When they began moving around, they got their own bed.
I first had a front and back double stroller. It was nothing fancy or sleek looking like what I had with my first. It’s practical, folds up easily, and isn’t that heavy. When the boys got old enough to not need the carriers I moved to a side by side double stroller. It doesn’t fit through many doorways but its smooth driving and has tons of storage. It really is only used for park visits and trips to the beach. It’s great for hauling sand toys, towels, kids and my diet coke.
We were lucky that our boys came home already on a schedule. They ate at mostly the same time offset by 30 minutes. We had a varied approach of pumping, storing, and breast feeding. I highly recommend a good twin nursing pillow. If you can manage to feed both at the same time, you will be one happy mom. Whatever way you feed your kids this pillow is a time saver.
I highly recommend the twin z pillow. It has a back support, the buckle keeps it in place and it can also help you lay babies down and keep them safe. Over all, it’s a twin moms life saver.
and remember, two heads are better than one! Ask me anything you want!