Cope with Multiple Births
Edited by Robbi, Eng, Lynn, Shelley
Finding out that you are pregnant with multiples can be quite a shock; however, it does get more interesting once your little bundles of joy arrive. Parenting multiples can be a difficult journey, especially during the first year. Keeping all your babies happy all the time is a huge task. You are going to have to be patient with your babies and yourself. Whether you just had twins or triplets, or you're getting ready to give birth, these steps will help you cope with those first few weeks and months after giving birth.
How to Cope With Extra Babies
- 1Get prepared before the babies arrive.Advertisement
- 2Take all the help you can get. Any help will be useful, whether it comes from family, friends or hired professionals. Getting a few hours out of the house or help with the chores can make your life a lot easier, so don't pass it up. Find someone you can trust. Enlist the help of your spouse or significant other, and don't turn away your parents, siblings or friends because you think you can do it all. You'll likely need their help during the first few months.Advertisement
- 3Make time for yourself.
- 4Shop online. Online shopping and delivery is definitely worth taking advantage of during the first few months, especially if you don't have help going out with your multiples in tow. Trying to bundle up multiple babies for a trip to the store can be time consuming and frustrating. While the babies are small, consider shopping for groceries and other items online. Everything will be delivered right to your door, and you don't have to worry about dealing with all the fussing and crying while doing your shopping.
- 5Join a support group, club or organization for parents of multiples.
- 6Look forward to the joys of having multiples. Many people will tell you how hard it is to take care of multiples, and even though that's true, there are a lot of benefits. Multiples learn social interaction very early, and they have automatic playmates. Plus, they'll likely have similar schedules and meet milestones like potty training at around the same time.
- 7Prepare yourself for stares and questions.
- 8Even if your multiples weren't planned or expected, love them and learn to laugh about the mishaps that take place. There will be arguments and tons of crazy moments, but multiple babies provide a lot more fun and laughter, so enjoy every single moment you share with them.
Tips, Tricks and Warnings
- Prepare your other children for their new siblings. If you have other kids, get them involved with the planning. Answer their questions, let them help you think of baby names, take them to visit friends or family with babies, and have fun with the process. Some places offer sibling birth classes that teach kids the basics of how to care for newborns, or you can teach them yourself. Don't let them feel left out.