Chaos is a term that goes hand in hand with bringing home a new baby, but you're having twins, triplets, or possibly more. Babies are a full-time responsibility and having multiple babies can be more than you expected. Here are 6 Survival Strategies for New Mothers of Twins to help keep your days running as smooth as possible.
6 Survival Strategies for New Mothers of Twins
1. Get your house ready, early.
I know this may sound like a given, but let's face it, being pregnant with multiples has many risks, including hospitalized bed rest and premature birth. If you wait too long to get your house organized, you may get caught not being prepared when it is time for your babies to come home.
2. Don't be afraid to ask for help.
If family and friends ask if you need help, say “yes.” You can always figure out what they can do to help later.
3. Connect with other mothers of multiples.
If possible, connect with a local MoM's (Mothers of Multiples) group. Many MoM's clubs have designated families who volunteer to bring meals to new MoM's when you bring your babies home from the hospital, giving you extra time to get some much-needed rest.
If you need help finding a MoM's group, you can visit the National Organization of Mothers of Twins Club (NOMTC) website for a list of clubs in your area.
4. Sleep when your babies sleep.
Sleep is a precious commodity and you need to take advantage of opportunities. You have to get your rest! I promise the world will not come to an end if your chores don't get done for the day.
5. Schedule, schedule, schedule!
I know I've mentioned this before, but it really is a life saver. Don't be afraid to cluster care your new babies — even if that means waking one up when the other wakes. Having your multiples on the same sleep, feeding, and care schedules will save you hours every day.
6. Be flexible
There are numerous textbooks about how to raise multiples. They all have opinions, so take their suggestions as what they are; suggestions.
Just remember, multiples are individuals with individual needs. Don't be afraid to adjust your routines and try a variety of schedules until you find what works for you and your family.