This is a partnered post.
Preparing for a new baby is a big event, with much to organize and arrange. But when there will be two babies on the way, then it can mean double the organization and arrangements. If you’re not prepared for what is going to happen, then things can really be a strain on your health, both physical and mental, as well as on your relationships. I am not a mother of twins myself, but there are some things that cross over. Plus, I have found a few words of advice from around the internet to prepare any of you that may be twin mamas-to-be.
There is a lot of information out there about births and early stages when it comes to singleton pregnancies. But for multiples, there is less and less. So seeking out some information that can really help you is a good way to go. Your midwife may have experience with multiples which can be advantageous. But if not, look for a multiple births group in your local area for support from those that have already been there. There are any reputable sites online, though, like tandfonline.com and tamba.org. So have a browse and don’t be afraid to ask questions or support when you need it. A realistic view of what is going to happen is a must.
Pack Your Bag Early
You will be closely monitored towards the end of your pregnancy, but it is very rare you to actually get to term with twins. So you need to have your hospital bag packed from pretty early on. You never know when you might be at a check-up and they decide to keep you in for monitoring. Getting some preemie clothing in is a good idea, as they are likely to be quite a small birth weight. It also helps to have the major things for your home in early as well, such as Moses bassinets, car seats, and strollers.
Get Some Twin Specific Things
For some new baby products, you can get away with just getting a whole bunch and sharing them between the babies. Things like towels and muslin cloths can be done easily like that. However, some twin specific items can be really helpful. Take something like a diaper bag, for example. One normal diaper bag barely has enough space for one baby’s things, let alone two. So getting one specific for twins, as shown on the site www.innerparents.com, could be a good idea. The same goes for things like breast pumps, baby monitors, and strollers.
Establish a Routine
At first, it can be pretty hard to get into a routine, especially if you are nursing on demand. But getting an established routine can be good for everyone’s sanity. It can help massively if you know what you’ll be doing and when, as well as what can be expected of others. Divide up chores or baby jobs between yourself and your partner, so that you’re not having reasons to argue. It can take its toll when you don’t know what to expect of each other.