You've read the books. You've scoured websites (like this one) and social media. You may have even joined a club for parents of multiples and talked to other parents. But when your twins arrive, you may still feel unprepared. The reality of having twins is something that you can only understand by living it.
Reports of child abductions and molestations strike fear into the hearts of parents. It's an unfortunate facet of modern life.
Parents of twins and multiples are often approached by strangers who want to admire their children, ask questions or share their own stories about multiples. Multiples are often accustomed to attention from strangers, used to being "in the public eye," so to speak. So it's even more important to educate them about the risks, without generating unecessary fear.
Read these important tips and teach your twins about stranger danger.
What's the first thing your newborn twins will need when they come home from the hospital? Well, if they're traveling home in an automobile, they'll need car seats. Mandated by law, car seats provide protection to infants and young children in the event of a vehicle crash. Although the laws on car seat usage can vary, the bottom line is that your multiples are going to require one for the next few years. But before you invest in two seats (and yes, you will need one for each baby!), there are some important factors to consider. Five Questions to Ask before You Buy Car Seats for Twins
What's cuter than a baby's gummy baby grin, all pink gums with a single tiny white tooth peeking through?
Photo reprinted with permission of Jamie Oakes.
Teething twins are a mixed bag. Some twins go through the process together, while others take turns. It can be a time of discomfort and grumpiness, topped off with a double load of drool that soaks everything within a two foot radius. But it's also a sweet milestone, marking a transition from helpless newborns to developing babies, babies who are now able to chew on food (and each other!)
What about your multiples? How did they fare with teething? Take this week's Parent's Poll and share your experience.
Here are some tips for coping with teething twins. Learn what to expect as your twins' teeth come in, how to handle problems, and how to care for their new smiles.
As the spring approaches, it's time for families to evaluate their options for the next school year. Sometimes parents of multiples have to make difficult decisions about their children, such as when twins are recommended for placement in different grades. Perhaps one twin is academically accelerated, and the school suggests for advanced placement. Or, one twin might lag behind and the school suggests repeating a grade. Although it can be a tricky issue for singletons, this situation is particularly sensitive for twins, who are constantly compared and expected to be "the same." In some cases, separation by grade may not be the best course, despite a school's recommendation because the damage of being separated outweighs the benefits.
Take a look at the issue of twins in different grades and find out what parents should consider before making this decision.
Many families with twins report incidences of "twintuition," where twins seem to have the ability to read each other's thoughts, or sense each other's feelings, even when apart. This phenomenon is one of the most interesting aspects of the twin bond. Can twins really communicate with each other in a special way? Visitors to this site have reported their experiences to me, and I've collected some of the most amazing stories in this list: 10 Amazing Stories of Twin Telepathy.
Wondering which double stroller to buy for your twins? Much like shopping for a new car, there are many factors to consider ... from style, to size, to number of cup holders! Double strollers for twins can cost a pretty penny, too, so the decision is an important one.
Luckily, you've come to the right place. Along with information about how to choose a double stroller, you'll find reviews from other parents of twins, explaining what they love (and don't!) about their double strollers.
- Before You Buy a Double Stroller
- How to Choose a Double Stroller for Twins
- New Review! Peg Perego Duette
- More Reviews of Double Strollers
Sometimes the simplest things, things you take for granted with one child, can become a challenge when you're a parent of twins or more. For example, reading. Everyone acknowledges the benefit of reading to your kids, and the nightly bedtime story is a cherished tradition. But try it with twins. Do you recognize this common scenario? First, they can't agree on which book to read. Then they compete for lap space and painfully jockey for position in front of the book, jostling with knees and elbows. Finally, they interrupt the reading as they talk over the reader, and each other, in an effort to make themselves heard. Sound familiar?
Try these tips for reading with twins. Reading with twins can be a pleasurable experience. It just takes a bit of extra planning and preparation.