Giving birth to twins means double blessings, but also double work! Every twin mother would advise you to get help from a nanny or other people. But what can happen if you don’t get help? Your spouse or relatives might be miles away. And you’ll need to take care of your twins, all by yourself.
Here is how to take care of your babies alone:
Maintain a Schedule
Maintain the same schedule for both of them. If one wakes up, wake the other as well. Try to feed the twins together at the same time. During those first six months, the brain faces sleep deprivation, so making them do the same thing at a time will save your energy and give you some time to relax. Manage a large dry-erase board to note down everything. Seek help from your husband whenever he is at home and divide your duties. In this way, you will get some time to rest.
Join a Multiples Group
If you don’t have friends and family close, you can join a group to nurture a relationship with other moms. The group may include several expecting moms or moms with twins. You will get the necessary moral support and even pre-owned twin gears. If you cannot find a group to join, you may find a regular moms group. It’ll be an excellent source of resources and friendship.
As a group, you can create time to meet once in a while and share experiences. It will also be great to help the babies bond. If you cannot find a local group, find an online one for advice and moral support.
Get the Right Twins Gear
Every wish of a twin mom is to have extra arms- literally. It’s quite a struggle to handle two babies alone. It can lead to frustration and post-natal depression. One of the best gears is the baby pillow, designed to use the toddler’s weight to create a sensation of being held. More so, you can opt to get a swing.
Another great gear is the baby wrap designed to free up your arms so that you can hold the other baby. There is also a twin pillow that helps the mother to bottle-feed or breastfeed the toddlers at the same time. Brilliant! Don’t feel shy to use any gear that will save your sanity. Even there are twin diaper bags available, which especially carry diapers for both babies simultaneously.
You can also get these gears from other moms at a lower price to save you some bucks.
Food Preparation is Vital
Most of the twin moms claim that getting something to eat is the hardest part of taking care of the toddlers alone. As well, toddlers’ foods are much expensive. That’s why you need to prepare freezer food now. It ensures you have the dinner at hand and not to worry about the family.
Call Friends and Relatives for Regular Visits
You need help, and sometimes the best support comes from those who are close to you. Your friends and relatives will offer great advice in taking care of the twins. You need to take a rest too. However, they may not be available all the time, but you can depend on them at least for some time.
Get Out Often
You need to get out and see what beautiful nature has to offer. It also prevents the kick in of post-natal depression. Take a walk in the park, mingle with people, go shopping, and outings. The babies can also stop fussing when you go outside.
Taking care of twins can take a toll on you, but you can do it. Now it seems like the days are long, the months are short. But soon, you’ll be an experienced mom and will cheer fellow twin parents who are going through the same phases that you once faced.