If you are already the parents or about to become parents of twins or triplets, you may feel as though you are in over your head. Fear not.  Others have successfully navigated the chaotic first year and with their help you will too.

Accept Help

When twins or triplets are born, offers to help pour in.  Friends and family want to help and want to be close to these adorable children.  Too often new parents turn down help. They want to care for their children on their own.  This is a mistake—when someone offers to help, even if you don’t think you need it, schedule them to come in at bath time or in the afternoon, so that you can get a nap.  Let them pick up your groceries.  Accept help.  You’ll be glad you did.

Get Organized

Get a white board and mount it on the wall.  On the white board chart the sleep patterns, feeding times and amounts, and diaper changes of each child.  You think you’ll remember without this visual record, but you won’t.  You will be far too exhausted.  In addition, a chart allows you helpers to know each child’s patterns.  So they will be an even greater help to you.

Assemble Resources

Before your twins or triplets are born, assemble a library of resources. Several sources on the internet are:

  • TwinsandTriplets.com
  • Supernanny.com
  • Mostonline.org

In addition, these books will keep you sane and confident:

  • When You’re Expecting Twins, Triplets or Quads by Barbara Luke and Tamara Eberlein
  • The Everything Twins, Triplets, and More Book by Pamela Fierro

Parenting twins and triplets present unique challenges.  Yet for every challenge, there are twice or three times as many rewards.  In the first year, it may be hard to see all the rewards, but they are there.

 

 

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