People make assumptions all the time, casting judgments about situations that they know nothing about. Raising twins is one situation that many parents may feel should be easier (or harder) than it actually is. In reality, only parents who raise twins know what it’s really like, and after even a little time they recognize several things that other people didn’t know about raising twins.
You Can (and Should) Feed Them at the Same Time
Simultaneous feedings are not only possible, but they are encouraged. This will help in keeping them on the same schedule, which is vital to developing a good routine, which will give you your life back. Some mom’s try brea*st feeding two at once, which can be tricky at first. For moms who prefer to brea*st feed one at a time, one can be bottle fed at the same time as one is brea*st fed. Spouses can be very helpful in these situations, as it frees mom up from having to hold two babies at one time. If the spouse is not around for whatever reason, mom is completely capable of handling feeding two on her own!
They Can Share a Crib
More often than not, twins actually prefer to be close to each other and will sleep better that way, especially when they’re newborns. Think about it: they spent nine months together in the womb, touching, hugging, and staying closer than they’ll ever be with anyone else. It’s completely natural to them to continue to be close once they part ways at birth. Some parents prefer to keep it that way until they move out of the crib, but some will separate them once they start rolling around during nap time, as that can be disruptive to sleep habits.
Routines are Vital
This may come as a surprise to some, but twins, though they are born at the same time, may look alike and act alike, will likely naturally gravitate toward different schedules. This is something that new parents to twins will fight desperately to correct, so that they can get both babies on one schedule. With two babies on two schedules, sleep is hard to come by, which makes life much, much harder.
Separation is Good
Twins will spend their entire lives together; along with that will come many comparisons and assumptive situations regarding their milestones and abilities. You’ll see quickly that your twins may have completely different skill sets and personalities, so it’s important to nurture those in whatever way you can. Separating them and letting them be with people who are like minded in personality and skill set is a vital part to their development, even more so than the closeness that they’ll experience naturally with their twin, who may not share in the same traits.
Despite what many think, raising twins isn’t insanely hard, but it’s also not easy. You’ll get the hang of it, and keeping in mind some important facts, it’ll come to you faster than you think.
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