Preparing for Twins
The number-one piece of advice I can give you when expecting twins is to get some rest! Not only will this promote a healthier pregnancy, but I can almost guarantee (unless you have 24-hour nanny service) that it will be many years before you'll feel well-rested again! My twins are now 4 years old, and I'm still wondering when I'll finally get all the sleep I need!
From a more practical perspective, here are some tips for preparing for twins:
- Begin stocking up on diapers, clothing and other baby supplies now. You'll spread out your costs and you'll be prepared if your twins decide to show up early (as they often do).
- Find a good double stroller that will hold your car seats, too. (I recommend the tandem-type as they fit better down store aisles and through doorways.)
- You don't necessarily need two of everything. One swing and one bouncy seat, for instance, are often adequate as you can put one child in each and then switch them when they become bored. Many twins can share a crib for the first few months.
- If you're planning to nurse, part of preparing for twins includes buying a breast pump—and you shouldn't skimp! It's going to get a lot of use, so buy a high-quality double pump to get the job done. Even if you plan to breastfeed exclusively, you'll want to pump milk so that others can help you out with feedings.
- Line up some help for the first month or two. Can the daddy-to-be take paternity leave? Can grandparents or aunts alternate their visits so you have continuous coverage for a while? Is a reliable teenager looking for a little extra money? Even a few hours' respite to take a nap can be immensely rejuvenating!
- Another thing you'll want to do while preparing for twins is to line up your pediatrician so that he or she can begin caring for your twins while they're still in the hospital. Multiples are often premature and may spend more time in the hospital than singleton babies.