Double trouble! Are you a new parent to a set of twins? If so, you may be in a bit of a frazzle when it comes to figuring out how you are going to juggle having to do so many things at once! Raising one baby can be immensely stressful in today’s world, let alone two little ones who both need your equal care and attention at the same time. Luckily, in this article, we will share with you some highly useful tips (shared by twin parents themselves) that will assist you in staying calm whilst taking care of twins. Read on to find out more!
Double Up On Supplies!
We all know how much laundry starts piling up with a new baby in the home, but when two little ones are involved, it truly is time to double up on the supplies. Ensuring that you have double the amount of nappies, baby clothes, feeding bottles and other supplies is an integral part of staying calm whilst taking care of twins. This way, you’re not stressing if you run out of nappies or anything else that is essential, because you’ve acquired a supply that will last you through the ages! You should also look into twin prams, double car seats and anything else that will help you do two jobs at once.
Whenever possible, ensure that you are replenishing your stock when you are out at the shops, in order to ensure that you never run out of anything and don’t have to enter a panicked frenzy should you find yourself running out of infant formula at 2 in the morning!
Take Care Of Yourself First
All too often, new parents, especially mothers, forget to take care of themselves amongst all the chaos of having to get a million things done for the baby. It is so absolutely crucial that you take care of yourself when raising twins. This means ensuring that you are eating healthily, never running on empty, and always taking some time out in the day for personal rest and relaxation. If you fail to do so, you risk burning out and getting utterly overwhelmed by everything that is happening around you.
Always remember to enlist help from relatives and friends so that you always have a set amount of time to yourself to do what you enjoy doing, and to pamper yourself. Some quick options for fuelling yourself for the day are nutritious smoothies, granola bars, and breakfast items such as overnight oats or chia seed puddings. You can prepare your meals the night before, if you want something quick and delicious in the morning that will give you energy throughout the day.
Make It A Point To Get Out Of The House
You may thing it to be absurd that you need to get out of the house every single day when you have two crying babies to take care of round the clock, but it is essential that you get outside for some fresh air every single day, even if it is only for 30 minutes or so. Getting out into nature will help you calm down, relax and sort your head out for the day.
The great thing is that you can bring your two little ones along with you in a twin pram, and chances are they’ll be asleep for the walk, giving you some alone time to just enjoy the sights and sounds of the outdoors. What’s more is that studies have shown that bringing babies out into the natural world does a world of benefit for their overall health and wellbeing, so you will be killing two birds with one stone!
Let Go Of Perfection
Many new parents get slightly obsessed with the idea of having to be the perfect parents, or needing to have every single baby item under the sun in order to fulfill their children’s’ needs. When it comes to raising twins, go for practicality, not perfection. None of us are perfect, but we can only do our best. Perhaps you don’t have the finances or even the space for that Pinterest-esque nursery you’ve always dreamed of. Or maybe you can’t afford matching baby clothing and need to rely on hand me downs instead.
Whatever the case, it is important that you do not beat yourself up over these small and rather irrelevant things. Taking care of a newborn is already tough enough, let alone two, which is why practicality trumps perfection any day. Relax, let loose and go with the flow.
Speak With Other Parents
Last but not least, the best thing you can do for yourself as a parent of twins is to speak to others who are in the same boat as you. Go out and join parenting clubs, hop on to forums or groups online or even ask people whom you know have raised twins themselves. They will be able to provide you with a wealth of information that you may not be able to find in any parenting book. At the end of the day, the best advice comes from people who have been through exactly what you are going through, so our best advice is to heed their advice!
We hope that this article has given you some insight into how you can go about staying calm whilst raising twins.