Having twins can be very exciting. There will be twice the amount of love and fun as there is with having one baby. But giving birth to twins also means twice the amount of work. There will be twice the amount of diapers to change and twice as many feedings. Creating a twins' schedule can be very helpful. Without a twin baby schedule, life can get overwhelming. Today, I'm going to give you all the tips you'll need for starting a twin baby schedule. I hope this article helps you create a twins' schedule.
Feed Them Both At Once
If you feed each baby at a separate time, you will hardly have time for anything other than feeding your twin babies. That is why you may want to start feeding your twins at once instead of at different times. If you will be breastfeeding your babies, try letting them both nurse at once. If you will be bottle feeding them, ask your spouse, a friend, or an older sibling to help bottle feed one of the twins while you feed a bottle to the other twin. That way, they are both on a feeding schedule. You can also learn how to bottlefeed both babies at once on your own. This takes practice, but it can be done.
Make Breastfeeding Easier By Using A Twin Nursing Pillow
If you have decided to breastfeed your twins, now you may be interested in some tips for breastfeeding your little ones. One way to make your breastfeeding schedule easier is to use a twin nursing pillow. Also called a twin feeding pillow, this pillow is made to hold your babies up while they nurse. In other words, you won't have to hold your babies up while they nurse. Instead, the twin nursing pillow supports them. A twin feeding pillow is very similar to a regular nursing pillow, but instead of supporting one baby it supports twins.
If One Baby Is Awake For Nursing, Wake Up the Other Baby
One myth that was once believed by mothers is that you should "never wake a sleeping baby". While this may be true for one baby, when you have twins it is important to keep them on a schedule. What does that mean? It means that if one baby wakes up to nurse, you should wake the other baby up. Even if the one baby isn't too hungry, try feeding him or her so that both of your babies go back to sleep with full stomachs.
Let Your Twins Share A Crib
Allowing your twins to sleep together saves you so much time from running from crib to crib as you wake up and feed your babies. In addition to saving you time, letting your twins sleep together also helps them bond with each other. Because your twins will be sleeping together, there are a few things you should know.
First, don't put a wide-awake baby with a sleeping baby. The baby that is awake will disturb the sleeping baby, which will cause both of them to become fussy. If one baby is awake, wake the other baby up and let them both nurse. If that doesn't do the trick, put your one baby back to bed and allow your other baby to quietly play with toys.
Second, you should only allow your babies to sleep together until they begin rolling over. Once they begin rolling over on their own, it is best to give them each their separate crib so that one baby doesn't suffocate the other. If you want to keep your twins close to each other, consider buying a twin crib.
Tips For Making Bath Time Easier
Bath time is also going to be part of your twin baby schedule. This means that you must start creating a schedule for when your babies take their bath. Remember that newborns only need a bath about 3 times a week, so don't bother trying to bathe them every day. Here are some tips for making bath time easier when you have twins.
Bathe Them One At A Time Until They Are Old Enough To Sit Upright
Until your babies are old enough to sit upright in a bathtub, you'll want to bathe them one at a time. That way, you can put all your attention on the one baby in the bathtub instead of having to hold both babies up at once. Try to keep the other baby nearby so that you can keep an eye on him or her as well.
Don't Use Bath Seats
While a bath seat may work well for one child, two bath seats take up too much room in the bathtub. Plus, it limits your twins' ability to interact with each other (once you start letting them take a bath together). Instead of having both babies sit in a bath seat, either bathe them separately or just simply keep an eye on them. Never leave your babies alone in a bathtub.
Make Bath Time Fun
Bath time should be a fun time for your twins. Provide lots of toys for your babies to play with, and be there to praise your babies for doing so well. Once you take your babies out of the bathtub, have some fun activities available such as a baby bouncer. It is especially important to have toys available after bath time if you will be bathing one baby at a time. That way, the baby that already took a bath will be entertained while you bathe your other baby.
If One Baby Hates Baths, Don't Let Your Other Baby Watch Him/Her Throw A Tantrum
If your one baby hates taking a bath, it is best if you separate him or her from your other baby. First, bathe the baby that likes baths so that your other baby can see that baths are harmless. Then put the baby you just bathed into a different room while you bathe the baby who doesn't like baths. The last thing you want is for your one baby to see the other baby crying over taking a bath. This may cause them to both hate baths, which makes life with twins more difficult than it should be.
If something comes up, such as a trip or a sick baby, be flexible to change your twin baby schedule. For example, if your one baby is sick, don't worry about having to wake him or her up when your other baby wants to be fed. Your baby won't be sick forever, so change up their twins' schedule until everything is back to normal.
Write Down Each Time You Care For Your Babies
Buy a journal for recording when you fed, bathed or changed your babies' diapers. By writing down each time you cared for your babies, you will know when it is time to wake your babies up to nurse. Remember to write down the date, the time, and which baby you cared for first.
Remember that a twin baby schedule doesn't happen overnight. It can take weeks until your babies finally begin to get on a schedule. Continue feeding and giving your twins baths at the same time. Just because they may not be on a schedule yet doesn't mean you should quit trying. In a little while, both of your babies will be sleeping and waking up at the same time.
Final Thoughts On Creating A Twin Baby Schedule
I hope this article has answered all your questions on how to make a twin baby schedule. The first and most important tip for making a twin baby schedule is to care for both of your babies at once. This means nursing your babies at the same time, bathing your babies at the same time, and putting them to bed at the same time.
In this article, I also went over a few tips about making a twin sleep schedule for newborns. Remember to be patient when making a twin baby schedule. It can take a couple of weeks before your twin babies finally get on a schedule. Continue keeping them on a schedule, but be flexible enough that you could change the schedule if needed. Enjoy these precious moments with your newborn twins!
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