One of the first challenges you'll face as a parent of twins is how to feed two babies at the same time. If you are considering breastfeeding your twins, there are many ways that your babies will benefit. In addition, breastfeeding offers many benefits for nursing moms. Find out the benefits of breastfeeding twins.
One of the tricky things about having twins is that they share so much ... including a birthday. (Well, most of them, anyway!) Families with twins find many ways to handle birthday celebrations, and many twins agree that celebrating with their twin only makes the milestone more fun. But, by the same token, it's important to recognize twins as individuals. And sometimes parents want to make an extra effort to acknowledge their twins' individuality. Try these strategies for recognizing twins on special days.
This time of year, there is an abundance of garage sales, yard sales and, best of all, the sales put on by clubs for families with multiples. These events are a great way to find bargains on everything you need for your twins, especially when you're buying times two! They are also a wonderful way to clear out your home of all the things that your twins have outgrown or no longer need, and pocket a bit of extra cash. If you're thinking of buying or selling your "twin stuff," there are some things to consider to get the most for your money. Get some tips here: Buying and Selling Twin Stuff
- To Buy Two?
- 10 Ways Parents of Twins Waste Money on Twin Stuff
- Toys That Twins Can Share
- Find a Multiples Club
There's a condition that afflicts multiples. If you're a parent, you're all too aware of it. Although it's the children that exhibit the symptoms, it is usually the parents who are most victimized by it's destructive effects. It may start as early as infancy, or may wait to rear its ugly head until the children are old enough to walk (run), talk (scream), or generally destroy everything in their path.
It's Twin Escalation Syndrome, the tendency of multiples to intensify and expand their behaviors in reaction to each other. For example, when Twin A cries, Twin B cries louder. In turn, Twin A cries even louder. And so on, and so on... Until the parents are crying the loudest of all...
Sound familiar? If you have twins, you've probably dealt with Twin Escalation Syndrome. How do you cope with it?
When you tell people you have twins, one of the first questions they ask is ... "Do twins run in your family?" Well, they do now! They run up the stairs, down the stairs, and all around the house! Many people assume that twinning has a genetic component, and are very curious about the family connection. Sometimes I feel like they're trying to justify or explain my twin daughters' existence as part of a historical pattern. (For the record, I do have a history of twins in my family. My mother's mother was a fraternal twin. But that's irrelevant to my twins, who are monozygotic or identical.)
If you are pregnant with twins or more, you've probably heard some buzz about preterm labor. Perhaps your doctor has mentioned a warning, or your friends with twins shared their experiences. It's true that multiples are at risk of being born early. Statistics show that seventy percent of multiples are born before their due date. With triplets, quadruplets and other higher order multiples, the odds are higher, nearly 100 percent. But before you panic, get the facts about preterm labor and multiple pregnancy.
There are lots of ways that having two babies is more challenging than having one. But one of the most difficult phases for me was when my twin girls were about ten months old. I was just getting the hang of things. They were sleeping more, eating well, and generally happy and easy going. Then they became mobile. They started scooting, creeping and crawling everywhere. They were fast as lightning and usually headed in opposite directions. I couldn't turn my back on them for even a moment. I felt constantly on high alert with danger lurking around every corner.
Luckily, things did get easier. We made sure our home was properly twin-proofed and used a play yard to keep them safely contained when I needed a moment of peace. But having mobile twins changes everything for parents! How did you handle it?
- Crawling Twins
- Twin Proof Your Home
- Top 10 Safety Gadgets for Childproofing Your Home with Twins
- Play Yards for Twins
- When Does It Get Easier?
- Baby Twins
Roger Federer has been doubly blessed ... again! He announced on his Facebook page, "Mirka and I are so incredibly happy to share that Leo and Lenny were born this evening! Twins again.. miracle!" His twin girls, Myla Rose and Charlene Riva, were born in 2009, and now a set of twin boys rounds out the family. Two sets of twins in the family ... imagine the fun they'll have on the tennis court, playing doubles of course!
Meet more Dads of Twins in Sports.
Double the babies = double the "stuff"? Right?!? Getting out the door with everything your twins need on the go may seem like a monumental task. It's hard enough to handle two babies and a giant double stroller, but lugging a diaper bag that weighs more than all of them combined can cause some serious back pain. How do you pack a diaper bag with essentials, without overloading yourself or geting caught unprepared? Here's a checklist of must-have items for your diaper bag.
- Choosing a Diaper Bag For Twins
- What's In Your Bag?
- Peek Inside Other Moms' Bags
- Preparing the Gear and Yourself
- To Buy Two? Shopping for Twin Stuff