When My twins arrived they were babies #3 and #4 in our home. Their brothers Jimmy and Jack were 5 and 3 years of age. For any child, a new sibling coming into the household can be challenging. Multiples add an additional element to the dynamic. Twins bring about even more attention from relatives and friends. They also take more time away from Mom and Dad. Parents are preoccupied and find it difficult to give the sibling the same level of attention they had before. Belo
Caring for a baby is a 24/7 job, unfortunately when you have more than one baby you don’t get any extra hours in the day to care for the other one. Here are a few tips to help you navigate the early years when your sleep is a commodity and each day seems like the one before. 1.Identify each baby. Having one of each sex makes it easy, same sex siblings can be more confusing! Don’t rely on “this one is has a fuller face” or “darker hair”. Once the hospital ID bands come off you
Twin pregnancies are high risk pregnancies. According to the American Academy of Obstetrics and Gynecology: The most common complication of pregnancies with multiples is preterm birth. More than one half of all twins are born preterm. Higher-order multiples are almost always born preterm. Babies born before 37 weeks of pregnancy are considered preterm. Breastfeeding preterm multiples can be challenging but it does not mean it won't be successful. My girls were no different.
Getting Started... The year after Jillian and Jessica were born I heard a common question at work, "Jen, can you go talk to this new mom who just had twins?”. Being the only postpartum nurse on my unit with multiples, I was now the go-to person for advice. I spent some time putting together tips to share: • Accept ALL offers of help. There is no reward at the end of the day for doing everything on your own. You can't imagine the pressure this will take off of you! • W