While many people love the idea of twins, the reality is quite different. While it is a miracle to have twin children, it is certainly not an easy journey. This is particularly complicated if you have identical twins, as you will have to keep from getting them mixed up! While it is tough going in the beginning, it is a good idea to be prepared for what you will be facing in the next couple of months. Keep reading to discover what you need to steel yourself for.
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Telling Them Apart
This is parents’ biggest fear when they realize that they are having identical twins. While it is a fascinating occurrence, everyone is afraid that they will not be able to tell their children apart. There is little to be fear here. Within a matter of weeks, you will be a total expert at telling your infants apart. You will not even have to look closely at the little ones anymore, it will come automatically to you. Of course in the beginning, you are going to need a little help. This is why it is a good idea to ask for personalised baby gifts, in particular clothing. It is even better if you can get names printed on them to help you out at first. At the very least, you should dress them differently for a bit.
Double the Workload
Yes, twins are double the trouble – even with the most peaceful of infants. This is because twice the amount of work is involved. In addition, you have twice as many clothes to wash, bottles to clean, and sheets to change. One of the mistakes that new parents make is not asking for help. When you have twins, it is nearly impossible to handle all of this by yourself and still remain sane. This is why if a family member or a friend offers their help, you should definitely take them up on it. Divide the workload up between family and friends, and you will be a lot more relaxed and happier. You can also get hired help to lend a hand during the night. Remember that you are going to have to carry a lot of the tasks such as feeding and bathing almost simultaneously.
Most mothers can bond with one another as they have been through the same experience. This is why you listen when a friend who has children of their own offers up some advice. However, when you have twins, the situation is a little different. This is because few people can truly understand what it is like raising two infants at the same time. Thus, the information that they provide is not necessarily useful. In this case, you should really consider joining support or parent groups for other people who have multiples. This will really come in handy, and also will give you an opportunity to make friends during this isolated time of your life. If there is no such resource available to you, you can always start a group yourself. Either way, the support of people in a similar situation to you will be invaluable.
These are just a few of the points that you need to know about raising twins. You should remember that it will get better the older that the little ones get.