~You may have
to stop work earlier than expected and be advised to stay close to home.
mothers of multiples are often put on bed rest.
have a tendency to arrive premature, about half of all twins arrive before the end of 37 weeks and triplets before 35 weeks.
~Plan to take
childbirth classes between the 4th and 6th month. Ask about special classes for multiples. You should also have
a good idea of what equipment and clothing you will need at this time.
~Ask your doctor
about additional vitamins and minerals.
When the Babies Come Home
~Plan to have
help when the babies arrive home.
a schedule and a routine are important. Diaper, feed and bathe babies at the same time whenever possible.
priorities: feeding, sleeping, bathing.
~Try to rest
while babies sleep.
can sleep comfortably in the same bed for the first several months or longer.
purchase diapers, wipes and other supplies in large quantity.
baby as an individual.
of each baby. Be sure to write his/her name on the back.
is helpful when choosing babies clothing, bottles, and pacifiers as these make identification easier.
from family and friends, especially the first year.
and assign tasks to those who offer. What friends and family can do to help:
Bring food when they visit. Change babies. Watch babies while you nap, shower, take a walk. Offer to do laundry
or dishes. Vacuum or pick up. Prepare lunch or dinner.
Leaving the House with the Babies
walk or short trip may help to thwart cabin fever.
home without your stroller. This is especially important when driving alone.
a stroller, consider where you will be using it most.
other mothers of multiples will be helpful when purchasing any equipment.
options are Side by side, front to back/tandem, and jogging strollers. Side by side strollers are often lighter, but
also the widest. You should be able to go in handicap accessible places. Other options are Jogging and Front to
Back strollers. The alignment can be difficult on some front to back models as well as attaching two single strollers. Jogging
Strollers and some Front to Back models can be very heavy.
for the curiosity you will generate when taking your new multiples out allow extra time for LOTS of questions!
grade breast pump may be vital for expressing and storing milk until babies can latch on and are strong enough to nurse.
~Many insurance policies
will cover breast pump rental.
is established, we recommend learning to position both babies for nursing at the same time.
~Try a double
nursing pillow. It helps to nurse both babies at once, hands free!
Keep in mind that premature
multiples are more prone to illness so be sure to wash your hands frequently. Keep your distance if you are ill.
Take special care in allowing other children around the babies.