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Managing Multiples: Advice from a Twin

September 23, 2011

My twin sister and I as babies (I'm on the left)

As has been said time and time again, newborns don’t—but should—come with instructions. And that sentiment is compounded when it comes to newborn multiples. Expectant parents already have a lot of ground to cover when it comes to preparing for a baby, from prenatal care and birth preparation to buying baby gear and learning baby care basics. Adding more than one baby can understandably pose an increased challenge for even the most well-supported families. But if you’re expecting multiples, there’s no need to worry. I am a twin myself and we’ve heard many a story about our “double trouble” right from the start. Equipped with tips, resources and support outlets—that my parents didn’t have—you’re going to love being mom or dad to two (or more) newborns at once!

Do a quick Google search and you’ll see there are vast amounts of places online and off to receive valuable information to help prepare for the arrival of and first weeks and months with your newborn babies. But sorting through what’s most relevant to your family and most closely aligns with your parenting goals can take time. That’s why I recommend expecting parents of multiples consider taking a local parent education class that covers the topic, like Boston Baby Beginnings’ Managing Multiples. Just a few benefits that come with enrolling in this type of course include:

Connecting with other local moms and dads who will be having twins, triplets (or more) at the same time as you. This can make for the beginning of a support network that truly understands what you go through on a day-to-day basis as a parent.

Mastering baby care basics you’d find in a typical newborn class but tailored with insider tips on doing so with more than one baby—particularly valuable for times when you may not have extra help on hand.

Receiving personalized guidance about any concerns you have regarding preparing for or caring for several babies straight from (in our case) experienced moms of multiples and registered nurses.

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