A friend of mine with adorable baby twin girls suggest I write about how to make it out alive while raising twins. As many of you know caring for one baby gets crazy, but caring for two babies is a whole another level on craziness! As I sit here and begin to think when my twins were infants, smoke is coming out of the top of my head just trying to remember what it was like. I was so sleep deprived, exhausted and drained (SIGH). Here are tips that I think worked for me and my family!
1. A schedule is a MUST! Get your babies use to eating at the same time, sleeping at the same time, doing everything at the same time. That way you can get a break.
2. Team Work – You and your family NEED to work as a team, especially you and your husband, if you have older kids let them help. The more help the better! Trust me on this!
3. If someone asks if you need help! YOU TAKE IT! NEVER say no to a helping hand, as much as you may think you’re super mom. Take the help!
4. Don't get your babies use to always being held. Because, when you’re alone with them and need to get things done, it won't be fun trying to get it done while carrying two babies. Swings, bouncers, on the floor mats, all these comes in handy when you are trying to get things done around the house. I use to make my Drama Queen sit with the twins and jump around acting crazy and silly to get them to giggle and this would entertain all three of them J
5. Take time for yourself! Even if it’s just a bubble bath! You need a break and MUST find time for you!
6. I know some might not approve with this! But my twins slept through the night at 4 months, my secret “rice cereal” in their last feeding. A full baby will sleep all night, at least mine did.
7. Always remember that your twins are two different human beings, even if they look just alike. Never compare them! They will not always learn to do everything at the same time.
8. Always keep your double stroller in the car. It’s not fun carry around two infant carries when you get off somewhere.
9. For the annoying, random, stranger people that come ask 5 millions question. Cover your babies, wear sunglasses and the most important of all the rules NEVER make eye contact!
10. Always make sure to spend alone time with your husband and older siblings. Remember marriages of multiples have higher divorce rates.
11. If you’re stress and frustrated. Feel free to lock yourself in the bathroom and scream and cry! I know I did!
12. Remember what doesn't kill you will only make you stronger!
13. When the twins start walking it a whole another ball game. Think of it as you are going to start the gym. If you’re lucky your twins will run the same way all the time. However, if you have thing one and thing two like me. You will become a pro football player. Catch, Tackle, Run!
14. Cooking with kids that are walking and touching everything is very stressful. My secret have a cabin full of Tupperware and let the play with it while you’re cooking or you can just make oven meals :)
15. Child proof the WHOLE house! Toddlers are sneaky and they will work together to get into things.
16. Take your kids outside let them run and get tried. In other words wear those toddlers out!
17. Don't be embarrassed if you twins cry and scream in public, kids will be kids and anyone that tells me their kids has never throw a tantrum in public is full of caca. Of course people will stare more just because it’s two and they are louder than one J
18. Teach your twins to clean after them self. You play with it, you pick it up! You finish eating you toss the food in the garbage and put the plate in the sink. You’re not a slave!
19. Pack toys, treats, and extra cloths for everywhere you go!
20. For the long nights Coffee!
21. Remember whatever stage your twins are in whether it be good or bad it will pass!
I hope this helps mommies with multiplies and if I am missing anything let me know. Also feel free to share your tips! I would love to hear them all. Having twins can be very stressful at times but it's a blessing from above and I am very thankful God pick me to be a mother to twins.