posted at 12/3/2012 11:04 PM EST
Having twins. Very fun. Very tough. The first months are still a blur. If they can afford it, bring in a night nanny (Bluebirds specialize in twins) ESP if mom has a section. If not, take advantage of anyone who offers to help.
Accept that nursing may or may not work, I ended up pumping for 14 months. One who had terrible reflux and puked whenever I laid her semi flat, and one who just didn't want to work that hard. Twins are often (i learned) "late preterm" , which translates to unable to latch. Not neurologically able until at or close to 40 wks. Mine were born at 36.4 weeks, that was enough time for my son to decide he was a bottle baby. Oh well. The double breast friend pillow that I had optimistically bought, was passed on in its original wrapping. Have realistic expectations.
My Pediatrician gave me awesome advice - after pronouncing them beautiful and healthy, he told me that you must put multiples on your schedule, that parents of singles have the luxury of feeding on demand and sleeping when the baby prefers, but that with mults, mom will fall apart. They eat too often at first, and it takes so long!
Electric hospital grade pump. Fenugreek supplement (Whole Foods) will help bump up your milk. Reglan (md prescribes) can also help increase - twins eat a lot! Medela steam bags - steam sterilizes bottles etc in the microwave. Brilliant, easy. Don't waste money on small bottles, they take larger feelings faster than you can imagine. Just buy 8 oz bottles - mine were Dr Brown and they were great.
What else. Crib savers (ties into slats of crib so little pukes dont mean changing the whole crib). One of stuff - one bouncy, one swing, one jumper. Mine were in crib together until first one rolled over. The nap nanny. Love that thing - a baby recliner. The best invention, must have been by a mom. Buy clothes in Neutral colors - easier to not have to deal with color coordinating. Diapers.com delivers, the next day for most stuff. Still don't know how they do it... Multiple changing stations. Harder to carry two From place to place ...
Zip Footies. They hate being naked at that age! You want to change them fast - Which I think now is hysterical, as my 22 mos olds wrip their own clothes off and yell "nakie" as they dash through the house.
Chicco key fit car seat goes down to 5 lbs (might have even been 4). twins are often early, So they are often smaller babies.
Thats what I've got for now. Will add if more comes to mind. The best thing I've ever done, would not change one minute of the past 22 months. More laundry than I ever could have imagined. And more laughs, the best snuggles. It's all good.