Tips to know what to do to care for your twins. 4 valuable tips to be able to care for your twins.
While there’s truly nothing as beautiful as becoming a mother, looking after the life of another human can feel like a heavy responsibility. But what if you’re expecting twins? To help you ease into this unique journey of motherhood, here’s what you should and shouldn’t do when caring for twins.
Do Reach Out to Other Twin Moms
Although being a mom to twins is a special role to carry, it can sometimes feel quite confusing or even lonely if you’re the only one in your social group or future daycare center. However, there are many moms who understand what it means to look after two babies at the same time. Indeed, Verywell Family reports that all areas in the country experienced a recent rise in the twin birth rate.
To this end, it’s important to connect with other moms of twins to help you navigate this special journey. From joining a club under the Multiples of America to joining a group on Facebook, befriending them will open the door to many great opportunities, such as valuable information, play dates, and even a fun night out with your fellow twin moms.
Don’t Be Too Stingy
While having twins entails saving up for the added expenses, it doesn’t mean you have to be stingy about everything — especially if it’s something you’re going to be using a lot. For instance, while a used car seat can help save you money, it could place your tots in danger because it will be damaged more easily and in a shorter timeframe. That said, it’s especially important to not only invest in the right baby gear but ensure that they’re great quality, too.
Another piece of baby gear that you shouldn’t skimp on — no matter how hefty the price tag may be — is a stroller. Equipping yourself with a high-quality stroller will be especially helpful for when you take your twins out. Case in point, the double strollers on iCandy represent the importance of choosing a model made from sturdy materials. With two babies on board the stroller will endure more wear and tear (especially as they get older), which is why it is important to make this an investment. When handling two infants, it’s also all the more crucial to ensure easy maneuverability, smooth rides, and comfortable padding, wherever you may be. Whether it’s a trip to the park or a visit to the pediatrician, keeping them in a stroller that secures their safety is key for caring for your two babies.
Do Sync Their Sleep Schedules
It goes without saying that new moms can expect to lose sleep when caring for their newborn. But of course, as a mom of twins, sacrificing sleep is a much more different and difficult story. Fortunately, not only you can help your two infants easily get a good night’s sleep, but you can improve your sleeping habits as well.
As previously shared on this blog here in our “Five Tips for Getting Twins on a Schedule” post, one of the best ways to help your twins get their sleeping schedules in sync by getting them to sleep simultaneously. For instance, if one twin wakes up, you must wake up the other twin, too. You can even help them self-soothe better by giving each one a security blanket. While this may seem a little challenging, it will help them fall into their natural sleeping pattern.
Don’t Forget to Sleep While They’re Asleep
Once you’ve put your babies to bed, you might be tempted to binge the trendiest Netflix series or spend time on social media. Although it’s vital to maintain a semblance of peace while caring for two babies, you won’t feel fully recharged unless you get a good night’s sleep as well. After all, if you don’t take care of yourself well, you wouldn’t be able to care for your two babies either.
In this regard, you should look at your twins’ sleeping time as your golden opportunity to treat yourself to the rest and relaxation that you deserve. If you’re feeling a little restless when it’s time for bed, Women’s Health recommends practicing the 4-7-8 breathing technique to help you fall asleep. This entails breathing in deeply for four seconds, then holding your breath for seven, and finally, exhaling for eight seconds.
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This is a contributed post