Tips for Twin Moms, from Twin Moms: Part 1
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Getting pregnant is such an exciting time, but it can also be a little stressful and overwhelming. You’re bringing another life into the world, one who will be entirely dependent on you. Pregnant with twins? Well, you can pretty much double that worry while you double the love! I asked three twin moms to share their reactions to the news, their top tips and some of the absolute necessities when it comes to twins. Read on for their responses—even moms and moms-to-be of singletons should enjoy the advice!
Reactions to Twin News
[We found out] at the second ultrasound. We were surprised but thrilled because we had a previous miscarriage. I cried happy tears! —Margie, mom of 16-month-old boy/girl twins and my dear neighbor
I found out at the first sonogram at 8 weeks. When the doctor was a little strange, I thought I must not be pregnant and when he said there were two babies I started crying, I could not believe it. It was a huge surprise to everyone except my husband! —Rachel B., mom of 4-year-old fraternal girls
I was told due to my cycle issues that conceiving on my own would be difficult, and I would need medical help. I was suffering from very bad periods and my OB/GYN was conducting testing to see why I was suffering. When I went for an ultrasound and blood work, he discovered that I was in fact pregnant and after careful searching—two babies were there. I was shocked and terrified. I mean it’s hard enough to raise one baby but two!? I was also scared that they would not survive. All of the normal feelings I guess. Of course my husband was freaking out! I don’t know why! —Jennifer P., mom of 18-month-old identical twin boys
Double front/back stroller, with cup holders for all/plenty of storage underneath—helps get through doors and aisles at the grocery/dept stores. Make sure it’s lighter and easy to open up and fold down. Two swings (must); two bouncers. —Margie
A double stroller and singles. Not all locations are accessible for the larger strollers, and if you have someone shopping with you, each take a baby in the stroller. It makes for an easier shopping adventure. Milk maid bottle feeders—a little pillow that props up bottles for easier feeding. Dr. Brown’s formula pitcher makes life so much easier when making 16 to 20 bottles a day! —Jennifer P.
Routine, Routine, Routine!
Routine is the one thing that helped me. Put them on the same sleep schedule as soon as you can. Also, big one that I didn’t follow but wish I had—sleeping in their beds for all naps. —Margie
Get them on the same schedule from the start! If one wakes up to eat, wake the other. Otherwise you will never sleep because as soon as you get one down, the other will be up. —Rachel B.