Managing multiples can be tricky, but it is possible. Here is a list of tips to help you prepare for their arrival:
1) Stock up on the essentials. In the first few weeks, your're not going to leave the house. Be sure to stock pile diapers, wipes, burp cloths, onesies, clean bottles, frozen dinners & snacks.
2) Sleep will soon become a favorite pastime. But it doesn't have to be. Sleep when the babies sleep. If it's hard for you to fall asleep during the day, you should lay down and rest.
3) Remember you are not a super hero. Allow others to help you feed your babies. Keep a list of trusted friends and family on your fridge. This will come in handy. Trust me!
4) Choose your stroller wisely. A great stroller will give you the confidence you need to get out and go for a walk around the mall. We have a Baby Jogger City Select. Click here for help on choosing which stroller works best for your families lifestyle.
5) Feedings can get tricky, especially if you have identical twins (try a little nail polish to keep them straight). Stay organized by keeping a feeding log. We had ours on our refrigerator, with a pen attached. Keep track of what time you feed each baby and how much they ate.
6) Expect the unexpected and be flexible. No matter how much you prepare, no two babies are the same. It was completely normal that one of our twins slept during the day, while the other at night.
7) It's ok to say no! Having one newborn makes it enough to entertain other people. The whole neighborhood will want to see your miracle babies. Choose wisely who you allow into your home.
8) Remember to focus on what's important. Our babies came home during the holidays. We celebrated, but on a much smaller scale than normal. My husband's birthday is January 1st. He was happy to go through an In-n-Out drive-through for his birthday dinner.
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