Twins! Getting pregnant and preparing for a baby can be a daunting task at the best of times, and twins are doubly so—for good reason. There are so many factors to consider when you’re preparing for twins, and the usual baby how-to guides don’t always cut it. Here are a few of our favorite tips at Karl’s for surviving those first exciting times you’ll face as a new parent of twins.
- Build a Support Group: Your new babies are doing everything together, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have someone backing you up at all times too. In addition to family and friends, it can really go a long way when you have a mentor figure that’s experienced with twins helping you out. Any parent who’s gone through raising twins can provide you with support, encouragement, and even a shoulder to lean on when the going gets tough. For a bigger community, organizations like Twins and Multiples and the National Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs can help you either start or join a group of people who hears you and your needs, and really gets it.
- Utilize Existing Connections: While leaning on your newfound friends from your twins support group is great, it’s also important to take your friends up on their offers to help out. Don’t be shy about asking for help, and temporary babysitters or even an offer to help out with grocery shopping will go a long way towards restoring your sanity. Your family members, especially mothers, sisters, and mothers-in-law are eager to spend time with your new bundles of joy, so give yourself a break and see how they can help, even if it’s just giving you enough time to shower!
- Shower: This goes for other areas of basic self-care as well, but you can’t neglect yourself while caring for your babies. It may be that you hardly have time to grab a bite to eat or brush your teeth, but your babies needs are never-ending, and you can’t be a good provider if you’re not keeping yourself stable either. This sets an important precedent for their growth, and keeps you ready to face the next challenges that life will bring.
- Love and Patience Goes a Long Way. You know this with your babies, but make sure you apply it to yourself and your partner as well. When you’re both doing the best you can and running on empty, frustrations and tempers may flare up. Understanding the seriousness of postpartum depression is key, as is learning to trust your partner with you on this journey.
At Karl’s for Kids, we’re here with you as you navigate the new and exciting phase in your and your family’s life. For quality products to help make your home a happy one, check out our stock or give us a call today at (215) 627-2515 to learn more about our products for twins as they grow from infants to kids. We’re rooting for you every step of the way!