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Here are my tips for surviving the first 10 weeks with twin infants:
- Accept Help: Tired, exhausted, fuzzy-brained, overwhelmed, sad, happy – you name it, I felt it during my first 10 weeks with twin infants. Accept help from others so that you can nap, get your nails done, or take care of yourself. Remember, you are still a good mom even if you accept help. Your physical and mental health are important too.
- Share the Nighttime Load: My husband and I took turns at night so that we could each get longer sleep periods. For example, one of us would go to bed right after the dinner feeding (6PM/7PM) and sleep until midnight, then we would switch. It wasn’t easy, but the longer sleep periods helped us function.
- Have Patience, Especially at Night: A friend gave me this advice, and I’d like to pass it along to you. You and your partner will be sleep deprived, so have patience with each other at night. Try your best not to take anything personally that each other says at night. Let the night pass, and talk during the day.
- Feeding at Night or When Alone: Get the Twin Z Pillow or some type of feeding seat for your twins. You can sit them in it, leaving your arms free to hold the bottles. We always fed our kids at the same time to try and keep them on the same schedule. Yes, that meant we would wake one of them up to feed. When you have twins (or multiples), a hard and fast schedule is your best friend.
- Pumping is HARD: I decided to pump and bottle feed, which allowed my husband and others to help feed the babies. Despite this, pumping is hard and very time-consuming, especially when you are alone. Do what you can, you are only one person trying to take care of two tiny humans.
- Two Diaper Changing Stations: Set up a changing station in your main living space and in your twin’s bedroom. It might seem silly at first, but the lack of walking back and forth when you are changing 10-20 diapers a day will save whatever is left of your sanity. We also kept extra clothing in our main living space. Keep the necessities close.
- Baby Brezza: If you are bottle-feeding, buy it. It is worth the price, twice over. End of story.
- Clothing (also, ZIPPERS!): If you have boy/girl twins like me, get lots of gender-neutral clothing. There is plenty of time to dress them up cutely in the future. Right now, focus on survival, and don’t worry about the print or color they are wearing. Clothing pieces we used a lot (winter babies): onesies, pants with feet, zip-up footie PJs, zip-up swaddles, and blankets. Also, ZIPPERS!! Put all the snap clothing in a box in the back of their closet. Zippers will save your sanity.
- Freeze Meals: Pick your favorite freezable meals, make them, and freeze them before the birth. We are big crockpot people, so we froze about 2 weeks worth of meals ahead of time. Another great time saver is to request gift certificates to online single meal kit services from friends or family who want to help you with food. We got a few gift certificates to Freshly, and it was awesome. We could pop them in the microwave when we were hungry, and they were ready in minutes.
- Go on Walks: Need a moment of sanity? I loved going on walks with the babies to pass the time and listen to my favorite podcast, book, music, or audio-whatever. It made me feel a little like myself again, and it got all
Those are my tips for surviving the first 10 weeks with twin infants. If you have any tips you’d like to share, drop them in the comments!
There are two things in life for which we are never truly prepared: Twins.Josh Billings