5 Tips For Conquering The Newborn Stage With Twins: Sleeping, Feeding, and Surviving.
I’ve been where you are before and I’m not going to lie to you. NEWBORN TWINS is a wonderful challenge. Here are 5 tips I learned from having identical twin girls; some I knew before birth and others I learned along the way. Nonetheless, they are all helpful to getting sleep and surviving team no sleep.
WAKE THEM UP TOGETHER
That’s right! If one gets up wake the other so that they always get the same amount of sleep. This minimizes the amount of times that you wake up to care for your little ones so that you can ACTUALLY get some fragmented sleep. Listen, fragmented is better than no sleep.
FEED AND CHANGE AT THE SAME TIME
This tip is rings true ESPECIALLY at night time. Whether breast feeding or bottle feeding knock it out together. If one is hungry so is the other, so your little one will latch on and eat up. Changing them at the same time will help you save time as well. PREPARE FOR MIDNIGHT FEEDINGS This tip is applicable for both breastfeeding and bottle fed babies. If you are breastfeeding, have everything you need already accessible. There are a lot of useful positions you can hold your twins to feed at the same time, but if one has issues latching be sure to pump in advance so that your spouse or a relative can have a bottle ready. I pumped and bottle fed my girls, so I would have 6 bottles ready in the fridge to cover the night feedings. This way I could pump and feed while my husband fed the other twin. If you breastfeed and your little ones do not empty your supply, pump afterward and store the milk. This prevents your body from toning down your supply. I froze a lot of milk in the beginning which helped in the times that my supply lowered.
BATH TIME IS BETTER IN THE SINK
Getting on your knees to bathe in the bathtub isn’t the most pleasant task. I found bathing in the sink with the Puj tub was the easiest method. My daughters loved bath time! At two now, bath time is still their favorite.
LET THEM ROCK IT OUT
Rockers are life savers! If you are contemplating whether or not you need one THIS IS YOUR SIGN. You need one. My daughters loved the 4moms MamaRoo. Having a baby rocker is a great resource to have so that you can be hands free. Honestly, even if only one baby is in the rocker it still will make things easier than trying to soothe two babies on your own.
Best wishes on your journey as a Twin Mom! If you’re a vet in Twin Mom life let us know your tips for conquering the newborn stage below.
- XO, AseaMae
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