I am a happy but exhausted mother of two active boys. Nicolas is seven, while his brother Rafael is a two years old. They require constant attention from changing Rafael’s diapers to helping Nicolas with school work. Nicolas started big school this year and he delights me with our after-school conversations. Just the other day, Nicolas told me he wished he and his brother were the same age. Now this request would have been strange if I didn’t know he had two classmates who are twins. I must confess that the thought of having twins made me panic. The early months of babyhood is still fresh on my mind – the sleepless nights, round-the-clock feedings, and the early morning diaper changes. I do not know how I would have done it if I had twins. Would I sleep at all? How do moms of twins do it?
Expecting one baby is exciting and scary at the same time. Imagine how it feels if you’re expecting two babies? Here are some things to consider when you prepare for life with twins.
Before anything else Are you ready financially? Check how much your medical insurance is covering from the hospital bills to shots and doctor visits. Create a budget from the crib to diapers.
Assess your home and see how it can accommodate two babies. These little wonders demand a lot of space. Can your car fit in two car seats or two yayas? And speaking of yayas, do you think you can do with one or do you need two? Will the twin stroller you fell in love with fit in the trunk?
All babies are unique individuals but they all share the same needs. Try to research as much as possible. Invest in books even if they’re targeted towards singletons like “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” and the “The Baby Book by Doctor Sears. For more specialized information, go to the book store and check their titles for raising twins.
A big must is to get a lot of rest since you won’t have a lot of time for quiet time or sleep when the babies arrive.