Like most expecting moms, you went into your first ultra-sound nervous and excited to see your little baby bean on the big screen. You diligently and excitedly watch the technician poke around and study the images, while you anxiously await a visual confirmation that your baby is just fine. The happy news finally comes, there is a baby, but not just one…there are two!
Take a minute and let yourself freak out…
Okay, now that you’ve gotten that out of your system, you’ve got some planning to do.
Preparing for twins is definitely different than preparing for just one baby. Here are some tips from some Lullabelly staffers:
Start Preparing Early: You’ll have more energy in the earlier stages of pregnancy for shopping, baby-related projects and assembling the nursery.
Make Lists & Keep a Budget: Make a list of the items you’ll need for when you’re twins arrive and set a budget. You’ll need more gear and more space for two babies and you don’t want to get out of control with spending. Stick to the essentials and stay on track. Buy what you need to bring them home in and space out purchases from there.
Evaluate Your Lifestyle: Will the babies sleep in the same room or will you separate them? Will you breast- or bottle-feed? Should you cloth diaper? These are all things to think about even if you’re not expecting twins, but you’ll have to consider these questions more carefully with two.
Make a Plan for Bringing Them Home: Bringing one baby home from the hospital takes planning, but bringing two home takes a good solid strategy. You’ll want your house in good working order when your babies come home and you’ll need to enlist some help too! Maybe you can even make some freezer meals to help you nourish your body during those tiring first weeks at home.
Make Time to Relax: Twin pregnancies come with added risk, so be sure to take plenty of time to rest your growing body. Remember, your body is working hard and the last thing it needs is to become overloaded or stressed. Create a soothing playlist and relax on the couch with your Lullabelly music belt wrapped around your belly. You’ll thank us later – and so will your babies!
Take it one step at a time and remember to enjoy the ride. A baby’s first year can go by fast, and with two it happens in a flash!
How did you feel when you found out you were having twins? Please share with your Lullabelly friends!