I should probably rename this post to How to Survive the First 6 Months of Twins-while-caring-for-a-2-year-old since that was beyond hard, but to keep it focused for new parents of multiples, here's a list of tips that got us through... Barely.
1. Get babies on same feeding schedule, or close to it. Eventually this means the babies will sleep at the same time.
2. If breastfeeding, feed the babies at the same time as much as possible. I recommend the TwinZ Pillow.
3. Make as many meals to freeze ahead of birth as you can. Like, AS MANY AS YOU CAN.
4. Figure out how you want to start solids early so you are comfortable when the time comes. It's more nerve wracking with two+ babies.
5. Stock up on used bouncy chairs and put 2 in each room so you can move from room to room more easily.
6. Follow other twin parents on social media who are a couple months ahead of you for tips and perspective.
7. Stock up on snacks you can eat with one hand. These will serve as breakfast, lunch, dinner when you forget to defrost the freezer meals.
8. Get a double baby carrier. For 6 months+ the TwinGo carrier was our favorite and lasted us the longest.
9. Only buy PJs with zippers. Snaps are *not* ok at 12am, 1am, 2am, 3am, and 4am!
10. Make diaper changing stations in each room so you don't have to move the whole caravan just for diaper changes.
11. If pumping, rent a hospital grade pump like the Medela “Symphony” pump. It’s will save you time and yield more sleep.
12. Cry. It’s ok. No one understands. It will get better but you're going to be in it for a while.
May the force be with you,
--Jenny Best, founder
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