Expecting Twins? Don’t Panic
OK, you’ve finally got over the absolute surprise of seeing double trouble at your scan and you’re gently easing into the idea of twins.
No you’re not, you’re panicking and wondering why, how, when, where and aargh! How are you going to cope? What do you need? Will you ever sleep again? Will you need a massive pram?
Relax – people have had twins before and survived and so will you. Just start your preparations early. Here are a few tips to think about as you wrap your thoughts about some practical needs to get ready.
Get ready for an early appearance
Twins tend to arrive three weeks early compared to singletons, so factor this into your plans right from the start. If you’re getting a nursery ready, or shopping for prams, slings and cots, just bring everything forward by a few weeks.
You don’t need two of everything
Not immediately, anyway! You don’t need two cots, for example, as the twins will probably be happier sleeping next to each other. Just lie them at right angles to the normal orientation as they’re only short (at first). You do need more clothes than you can imagine, though. And nappies. You can expect to get through a mountain of nappies a week during the first month.
You can wear twins!
If you were hoping to babywear your baby you may have given up on the idea of carrying 2, but you don’t need to. Wearing twins is more than possible, especially if you’re prepared to practice different holds and ties. And there is always the bonding benefit of you and your partner wearing one little snuggler each.
You can also breastfeed
Many women successfully breastfeed twins. Don’t try to be superwoman though – there are a lot of support systems to help you to find the right rest feeding balance and to ultimately decide how mealtimes can work for you all.
Source some help early
One newborn is a shock to the system, especially if you haven’t done this before. Two is more than twice the shock, so find a mother’s help, or draft in a relative, for at least a few hours a week. Use this time to sleep if you can – (and do not even think about housework.) as the greatest benefit to your babies and yourself will be a refuelled and refreshed self. Remember always that life has an amazing flow of seasons. Whilst the first season is intense …don’t forget to stop amidst the business for a moment, breathe deeply, cuddle those little ones close and really enjoy the amazing joy of having twins.