Tips for Raising Twins
In the United States, approximately three in every 100 pregnant women give birth to twins or triplets. Even the most experienced mother may not know exactly what to expect when bringing home twins, and while twins may mean double the joy, they can also mean double the work.
Getting one little one on a schedule can be difficult and getting two (or more) can seem nearly impossible. Surprisingly, there are many mums of multiples who manage to get their kids to align with each other; eating, napping, and getting to bed, on a routine that saves both parent and child time, energy, and stress.
Here are a Few Tips to make the raising of your twins a little easier.
1. Establish a Schedule
Scheduling can be very important for a single baby, but when you have twins it is essential. Most parents of twins find that having them on the same schedule helps immensely and allows them to also schedule important things for themselves.
2. Breastfeeding Twins is Possible
If you would like to try breastfeeding, don’t be put off because you have two children. There are many mothers who have successfully breastfed twins: It may require a bit more patience and coordination than breastfeeding one child, but it is possible. There are also those mothers who have found success in breastfeeding one, while bottle feeding the other with pumped breast milk.
3. Newborn Twins May Initially Benefit from One Crib
Newborn twins are used to being together: If you find that your newborns seem to sleep better when they are near each other, it is okay to allow them to share a crib at first. Most parents feel it safer to end this practice once their twins begin rolling over, bumping into one another, and/or waking each other up.
4. Remember, Your Twins May Be Similar, but they are also different
It can be easy to think of your children as “the twins.” It is important to remember, however, that they are individuals. Encourage these differences and try not to compare them to one another. Just like all children, twins have their own strengths and weaknesses. Though they may look alike, they are two different people. Many parents find that separating twins can go a long way into fostering those differences. Separate time is a great way to encourage independent decision-making. This can mean separate play dates, separate time with mummy and/or daddy, and even separate classrooms when they start school.
5. It Does Get Easier.
Though bringing home newborn twins can be challenging, it does get easier. Most parents of twins report that there are pros to having twins over singletons. These include the fact that they always have each other to play with.
Whether you are raising one or five, raising children is hard work. There will be times when you will be tired and you may even feel as if you’re on the verge of insanity. Embrace the craziness and be good to yourselves. It’s hard to care for anyone else if you’re not taking care of yourself.