Preparing for the birth and first few months of having twins, or triplets, can be a little daunting. Thinking about all the things you need to do, need to buy and trying to work out when you can factor in sleep may seem all too hard.
There will be times that yes, it is hard and then there will be times when things won’t be so hard. Trying to prepare yourself for the first few months in advance will help you during this time and hopefully make it a little bit easier for you.
6 tips for surviving with twins
Clothing and Sizes
Your babies will be growing and spitting up and potentially having poo-explosions regularly. Having a large supply of clothes in various sizes. This helps you to not need to do laundry as often and saves you multiple trips to the shops to buy the next size of clothes because your babies have suddenly had a growth spurt.
If you know someone who has recently had a baby and is looking to pass down their second-hand clothes, jump at the chance! Babies grow so quickly and can some times grow out of a clothing size in a matter of weeks. Spending hundreds of dollars for a few weeks wear is not always feasible for twins – so if you can grab a bargain or borrow clothes it will help.
Before you give birth, if you have the time and energy have a day of cooking up some meals that can be frozen for later use. This is very handy as it means that you can ensure that you are still feeding yourself and getting your energy intake but also not having to spend a lot of time in the kitchen when you have several little bodies to also look after.
You are going to be using up a lot of energy looking after your babies and your health is important as well. If you are breastfeeding, then make sure you have lots of easy to eat and high protein snacks prepared.
The old “sleep when the baby sleeps” It is sometimes easier said than done. When the babies are sleeping you know you will want to catch up on the cleaning, or fold some washing. But there are times when you will need to let all that slide and have the nap.
Remember you are waking throughout the night to feed, not one but two babies. You need to ensure that you are getting enough sleep in a 24-hour period and if that means having an hour nap here or there then you need to do it. Or ask a friend or family member to come over and listen out for the babies while you ALL have a sleep.
Nappies and Wipes
You will be going through a LOT of nappies and wipes. Buying in bulk or when they are on special is a great idea to ensure that you are not only saving money but you are making sure you are not having to do midnight runs to the shops to grabs some because you ran out or having to take multiple trips to the shops with your newborns.
The nappies and wipes will not go bad, mainly because they won’t last very long so if you have room to buy up a few boxes, even in the next sizes when they are on special then go for it. If you can get your head around it, consider cloth nappies. You can buy these second hand and they will save you an absolute fortune.
Ask for help
The number one tip for surviving the first few months at home with your babies is to ask for help when you need it. When people offer to come over to watch the babies so you can sleep or offer to cook or clean for you, say yes, yes YES.
Even if they haven’t asked but you are feeling overwhelmed and struggling then ask for the help. Your family and friends are going to be excited for you and will want to help but some times they worry about offering the help. Make sure you ask for help when you need it.
Find your tribe
Finally, don’t isolate yourself. If you can’t get out the door with multiple babies straight away, that’s OK! Make sure you find yourself a virtual village of support.