Being a parent of twins is awesome but exhausting too at the same time. One should learn to plan, how they could manage their twin babies, without getting stressed. By establishing routines for feeding, changing, and sleeping, care becomes much more manageable.
Put them on a schedule- When you have newborn twins, things have to be on a schedule. When one baby wakes up, wake the other up. This will eventually get them on the same feeding, changing, and sleeping schedule.
Create a bedtime routine- Put together a bedtime routine that works best for you and your babies. Rocking or feeding a baby to sleep is fine, but don’t make it a habit, as the goal is to teach the babies to get sleep on their own.
Bathing the babies- Ask for help, give the kids a bath when your spouse, babysitter or a grandparent is around to help. Set us the changing station and get what you need for after the bath ready before hand and preferably right next to the hub.
Feeding- Feed them every two to three hours in the beginning. You may have to wake one or both babies in order to stay on schedule. You can breastfeed both babies at the same time or breast-fed one and bottle-fed the other. If you’re pumping, keep breast milk and formula in separate bottles and always start the feed with breast milk. Share the overnight feeds with your partner whenever possible.
Sharing Infections- Newborn twins are more susceptible to infections. If one twin has a contagious infection, the other sibling also has the same risk of getting it. Parents should consider separating the two in such cases.
Encourage the differences- Never compare them to one another. Let them have their own strengths and weaknesses. Separating the twins eventually and giving them individual space is also helpful to encourage independent decision-making.
Parenting twins gets easier and easier with time. Young twins are easier to raise, as they have each other to play with, and sleep better than single child.