If you’re having twins and you opt for just “winging it”, you should know that your world will get turned upside down. With a singleton you can guess and check, accept your mistakes, and learn as you go, but with twins? That just won’t do. Twins require mucho prep-o! As a self-proclaimed “twin pert”, I’ll share my postpartum plan for surviving the early days with twins.
You may be thinking, “How foes this affect postpartum? Well, if you’re not educated and prepped for childbirth you may find yourself undergoing an unnecessary c-section, which can drastically affect your postpartum days.
- Keep your weight down
- Find an ObGyn willing to flip babies or pull breach babies out feet first if needed
- Trust your body to deliver when its ready and REFUSE induction or unnecessary medical interventions
- Hire a doula and/or midwife to help you navigate labor/delivery
A mom of multiples is 40% more likely to experience postpartum depression! Yikes! This is attributed to being overwhelmed sure, but mostly it’s due to the fact that you had double the hormones during pregnancy, which means double the drop after delivery. Can you say withdrawals? Get your placenta encapsulated! It’s super easy and the capsules are taken just like vitamins. Research shows taking your placenta can help regulate your hormones again and decrease likelihood of PPD. #winning!
Sleep is crucial to everyone, especially the new mom. Ideally I’d have my newborns in their cribs from night 1, but since my master is downstairs and the nursery is upstairs, this isn’t really efficient. So, I have two snuggle nests for the babies for the first 4-6 weeks. I’m placing them side by side on TOP of the covers on the other side of the bed next to a changing pad and diaper station basket. I’ve encouraged my husband to sleep upstairs in the guest room. Not only will this allow space in the bed with me for babies, but it will help him get more sleep. Afterall, he has to work and there’s no sense in both of us being zombies. The snugglenests allow me to sit up in bed, change, feed, reswaddle, and lay babies down without having to trek across the house in the dark, which inevitably will help me get more sleep.
I’m just as OCD as the next mom and like everything to have it’s place, but with twins, you’ll need multiple places for everything. I have diaper changing station in my bedroom on the bed, but I’ll also have one in the living room or the media room and I have one upstairs in their nursery. Believe me, you do NOT want to have to go back and forth with both babies or one and then the other just to change a diaper 12-16 times a day per baby! I also have set up “nursing stations” both upstairs and downstairs with a feeding pillow (I have the Twin Z downstairs and My Brestfriend upstairs), breastpump, nipple balm, waters, snacks, and burp cloths. Lastly, have several safe places to set/lay the babies. Downstairs I’ll have my snugglenests in our room, Twin Z, activity gym, and several blanket pallets downstairs, their 4Moms mamaroos, and a blanket pallet upstairs.
You think I’m nuts, but I’ve read hundreds of blogs, forums, articles on cloth diapering multiples and so far NOONE has regretted it! Rushing to the store in the middle of the night for diapers, twins being in two different sizes, and the astronimcal expense of disposables sounds like a nightmare. Cloth:
- saves $6,000-8,000 in diapers from birth to potty training
- One Size diapers can be sized to custom fit each baby perfectly
- Machine wash and tumble dry make it a breeze when you’re running low on diapers
- Significantly less leaks and blow outs means less clothing changes too
I’m using the Rumparooz by Kangacare and the Lil Joeys as newborns until 12lbs. I alo have a few TotsBots and Bamboozies for nighttime.
- Join a facebook page for multiples or other mommy groups
- Keep a journal daily on feedings, diaper changes, etc
- Create a “to-do” chalkboard or whiteboard for friends/family to help with
- Stash extras of EVERYTHING in your car, grandma’s car, daddy’s car, in the stroller, and diaper bag if possible (clothes, blankets, pacis, diapers, wipes, wet bags)
- Create an accordian file folder for each baby with tabs for vaccines, allergies, photos, medical records, birth certificate. This will grow as they grow, but it’s best to be organized from day 1