5 Parenting Hacks To Help You Care For Your Twins
Having twins is double the fun. But sometimes, it can also mean double the trouble. Whether it’s taking them outside, choosing clothes, or simply dividing your attention between the two of them—it can be a real challenge. Luckily, with a couple of parenting hacks, taking care of your twins does not have to be such a daunting task. Here are five things every parent to twins needs to know.
Get them on the same schedule
Just because you have two kids does not mean that you must dedicate double the amount of your time. To ensure that you get proper rest and ample “me-time” in between, it helps if your little ones are on the same schedule—be when they are feeding, napping, bathing, studying, or playing. Getting them to do things at the same time will make your job so much simpler.
Learn to carry two
If your twins are still in their infant stages, then you should be carrying them as often as possible. After all, baby carrying has plenty of benefits, even if you’re at home. An article on The Art of Simple emphasizes how it can strengthen your connection with your babies and provide them with feelings of security. It can even provide busy moms with a sneaky way to get some exercise, as carrying them will hone your physical strength. When choosing a carrier, however, it’s important to consider how adjustable and easy it is to put on. You can opt for front-and-back twin carriers like Twingaroo’s (better for bigger babies) or huge frontal wraps like Boba’s.
Invest in twin-friendly equipment
It’s no secret that having twins entails double the expenses. However, there are some essential twin-friendly items that are certainly worth the investment, such as the stroller you use. iCandy’s range of double strollers highlights how tandem designs are your best bet for twins thanks to how easy they are to maneuver. Rather than sit next to each other, the twins will be one in front of the other, which will make traveling on public transport much easier. Many models also convert to single pushchairs for when you just have one child with you. Most of all, it’s a far better bargain to invest in one top-quality double stroller than two single ones. Always think of the long term before you shell out for equipment.
Don’t always get two of everything
Like we mentioned, you also should not be obligated to buy or give your twins one of everything. Instead, teach them how to share. It’s best to get them toys that encourage cooperative play. For instance, KidKraft’s Kitchen Play Sets aren’t just more fun for two, but they’re also durable enough to last your children for years. Alternatively, you can look into builder toys like Legos and blocks. You can also implement a timer for special toys to ensure that your twins get equal playtime.
Make friends with other twin parents
There’s only so much that online guides can tell you about caring for your little ones. If you have more specific questions, it’s always better to direct them to those with experience. In this case, it’s your fellow twin mommies. According to Lucie’s List, you can try searching for support groups on websites like MOPS and apps like Peanut. Offline, you can find communities at fitness centers, local meet-up groups, and workshops. Rest assured; most moms are always more than happy to lend a hand. Twins can be difficult at times, but it is also a fulfilling and enriching experience that will definitely change you for the better, too. For more parenting tips, check out our other posts on Living The Unexpected Life.
Hi my name is Laurie. I am so glad you are here! I am a Christian homeschooling mom of 3, caregiver to my Veteran husband, mom to a son with Autism, community volunteer, travel loving, and blogger. As you might notice, I do not live the “expected life”. Come join my family and other families as we experience Living The Unexpected Life.