Infant Twins

Here are some tips for how to take care of your infat twins. Hopefully, these suggestions will make the process feel less daunting and make it easier too.

Twins ages 0-3 Months

Twins ages 0-3 Months

Twins ages 3-6 Months

Twins ages 3-6 Months

Twins ages 9-12 Months

Twins ages 6-9 Months

Twins ages 9-12 Months

Twins ages 9-12 Months

Caring for a newborn infant may be very demanding. In addition to recuperating after childbirth, the mother must ensure that the infant is fed on time, gets enough rest, and grows in a healthy way. However, the stress level more than doubles when you are expecting twins. Mothers of twins must balance the schedules of not one, but two infants. Raising twins may seem daunting to new mothers, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. With twins parenting, it’s even more important to get organized.

Bringing Infants Home

There is one item, well two, that you must have in order to bring the infants home. If you’re transporting your twin newborns home in a vehicle, you’ll need infant car seats that fulfill your state’s safety requirements. Specifically, you will need one for each infant.
They must also be fitted appropriately in your car. This is not a task that should be undertaken under duress, with your children waiting outside while you tinker with the seatbelts in the vehicle. If feasible, install the car seats in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions before bringing the babies home.

Obviously, you will need a space for the infants to sleep. This may be a crib, or it may be a temporary solution until the infants are ready for their cribs. Some households use bassinets, portable cribs, Moses baskets, swings, and baby seats. Eventually, you will likely want to have cribs for the infants to ensure that they sleep as securely and pleasantly as possible. When your infants are sleeping through the night, it will make it so you can sleep. Also, getting them on a nap schedule will help you get much needed rest.

You don’t need highchairs right away. They take up a lot of room, and your infants will not be able to sit up in them for some months. Depending on whether you want to breastfeed or bottle-feed the infants in the early days, you may merely need a comfy chair.

In addition to eating and sleeping, your infants will pee and have BMs often in the beginning. And you’ll be changing diapers often. Regardless of whether you choose cloth or disposable diapers, you will need to stock up on diapers and supplies
Do not be scared to ask for assistance. This is not the time to play the martyr and attempt to carry the load by yourself. Maintain a list of individuals who have offered to help you at this important moment in your life, and accept their offers. Also, considering hiring a cleaning service to help with the house work until things calm down a little. Any kind of help you can get in the first few months will help you stay sane.

Getting Them on a Schedule

In general, you should strive to feed, change, entertain, and put the babies to sleep together. Sleep training will not be easy at first, but it will be worth it in the long run. You may, at times, have to wake a sleeping baby. Nonetheless, parents must realize the unique demands of each child, who will not always be hungry, tired, alert, and playful at the same time. Even when they are twins, they are still distinct individuals with separate needs. Here are some useful tips to get them on a schedule.

  • Feed twins and multiples approximately at the same time. If one awakens to feed, the other should also awaken.
  • Be adaptable; revise and adjust as circumstances change.
  • Keep in mind that your children are unique people; you cannot compel them to follow the same routine. Do the very best you can.
  • Learn how to decipher your baby’s clues and screams in order to determine his or her needs.
Twins Schedule

Nursing Twins

For the first several weeks of life, newborn twins need eight to twelve feedings each every day. This means that they need to be fed about every two to three hours, day and night. Each session should run between 20 and 30 minutes, but you should wait for each infant to indicate she is finished before ending the session.

Initially, attempt to breastfeed one baby at the same time as the other one. Bear in mind, however, that even identical twins have distinct personalities, tastes, and feeding routines. Try to be sensitive to the needs of each child; one may need feedings more often than the other.

Some mothers choose to allow the hungrier infant determine the feeding schedule for both infants. Others feed on demand throughout the day and adhere to a routine at night. Regardless of your decision, maintain meticulous records to ensure that each infant is adequately nourished at each meal.

Nursing Twins

Consider purchasing a breastfeeding pillow. It will be useful to you since you can breastfeed the babies simultaneously hands free. One created specifically for twins might make positioning your infants easier. You may also use two standard pillows or rolled-up towels. Here are some tips to make it easier.

  • Get set up. Position the nursing pillow and have someone hand you each baby one at a time. Position the infants one at a time on the cushion, then fasten it around your waist.
  • Put them in a good position. Try placing both infants in the football or cradle position with the pillow supporting their heads.
  •  Alternate breasts. Remember to swap breasts for each feeding so that both breasts are evenly stimulated.
  • Do what you find effective. Even with experience, tandem nursing may not be ideal for you. One baby could be bottle feed (with pumped breast milk or formula, if you are supplementing) while nursing the other (and then switch), or you can alternate between bottle-feeding and breastfeeding. What matters is what works for you and your children.

Frequently Asked Questions

At around three months, you may begin to implement some kind of routine. If your twins were born prematurely (before 37 weeks of pregnancy), you may need to use their adjusted age to decide when to begin sleep training and establishing a regimen for them.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises exclusive breastfeeding for six months and continuous nursing until at least one year of age.
If your newborn is less than six months, they should only consume breast milk or infant formula. In addition to breastmilk or formula, you may give your infant tiny quantities of water beginning at six months of age.
Babies express themselves via noises and movements. In the first year of life, infants go from babbling to playing with noises, imitating sounds, and combining sounds. They may start saying their first words at 12 months of age.
Approximately forty percent of twin babies, often monozygotic or identical twins, will establish some type of autonomous language, using nicknames, gestures, acronyms, or terminology that they use solely with each other. Although parents and siblings can often decipher the meaning, twins seldom use the phrases with outsiders. As a twin mom, you will notice that your twins are deeply connected in other ways too and not just in language.

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