First thing you should do is consult your pediatrician. Infants naturally have sensitive skin and you want to make sure you don’t put any creams or ointments to further irritate babies skin. Having had 3 children with eczema, I have learned a few things to help maintain their soft and healthy epidermis.
- Bathe the babies every other day instead of everyday. The days you aren’t giving them baths, just wipe them down with a wet washcloth. I use Johnson Johnson Baby Wash® and Aquaphor Baby Wash® which is pediatrician recommended.
- After baths and wash ups make sure you moisturize the babies well (vitamin E enriched oil, baby lotion with shea and/or cocoa butter(moisturizing), and a thick emollient to keep the moisture in such as Baby Aquaphor Healing Ointment®) Natural African shea butter that works best and you don’t need to use any other oil, moisturizer or emollient.
- Moisture at least 3 times a day. Keep lotion at your diaper changing station and moisturize them after changing their diapers. I started this process when their skin became dry and now it has become a routine.
- For rashes and itchy spots I treated them with hydrocortisone ointment. This normally relieves majority of irritation.
As with many things your may see your little darlings grow out of, the same may also be with dry skin and eczema. These are just suggestions. As stated earlier, make sure you check with your pediatrician before use of any product.
If you’re an experienced mom, you know about keeping your finger nails low. This is especially important when handling two infants at once. With longer nails it is almost inevitable that you may scratch your little ones accidentally. Maintaining a low cut manicure can also prevent the spreading of germs since dirt can easily become trapped under your nails. Being that your fingers do so much for your babies mainly serving as your babies number one chew toy, you want to keep your fingers as clean as possible which also mean foregoing nail polish for awhile. You don’t want your nail polish to accidentally chip in their mouths so keep the polish just on your toes for now. When they get all their little teeth and their oral fixation has ceased, a nice mani-pedi would be a great gift from your husband to help bring back your inner diva 🙂
When life with twins starts to become overwhelming, just think of the mom with triplets. Now SMILE 🙂
“To under-pack or over-pack that is the question”. In the beginning, you will feel like you are packing for a weekend trip every time you step out the house, but no worries the load shall lighten as the months go by.
Initially you’ll be packing for unforeseen accidents. With that in mind you want to be prepared for almost ANYTHING. Here are the essential items in my diaper bag;
- diapers (I keep at least 1O diapers in my bag at a time)
- diaper cream
- diaper wipes
- travel size baby wash
- travel size baby lotion
- travel size baby powder
- washcloths (never know when you may have to wash on the go)
- A change a clothes with socks and onesies(two if your little ones are prone to spitting up)
- baby acetaminophen (fevers can come at anytime)
- hydrocortisone for rashes that may arise
- nursing cover and breast shields if breastfeeding
- 2 burp cloths per baby
- 2 receiving blankets per baby
- 2 bibs per baby
- a sweater and a hat for both (climate is unpredictable these days)
I already know this is A LOT of stuff and your probably wondering what diaper bag can hold all these items. Babies r’ Us® a wide assortment of larger diaper bags. I suggest the Heidi Klum’s Truly Scrumptious® line or Eddie Bauer® weekender bag. These bags are larger, good quality and stylish. There are some other great bags out there as well, but these are my favorite.
Once you get a better handle on what your little ones will need, you can adjust your packing preparations. As mine got older, I dropped down to one burp cloth, receiving blanket and change of clothes. Now that they eat table food I carry 2 baby spoons and 2 containers of Gerber® baby food.
To lessen the amount of baggage (as though that’s possible), I suggest combining the essential items of your purse i.e wallet, keys and chapstick, into the diaper bag while on the go. It will lessen your load and its more convenient, convenience being the ultimate goal. You can always find other things to pack but remember to pack for necessity first.
A couple desperate to have a baby went to their priest and asked him to pray for them.
“Next week I am going to Rome and while I am there I will light a candle for you,” he replied.
Three years later the priest returned to his parish and went to the young couple’s house to visit. He found the wife to be pregnant and busy attending to two sets of twins.
The priest felt very elated and asked the girl where her husband was so that he could congratulate him.
“He has gone away for a while,” came the harried reply.
“Where has he gone?” asked the priest. She replied,” To Rome, to blow the damn candle out!”
Crock pots I believe were invented for moms, especially twin moms. Put your dinner on in the morning and forget it until dinner time.
- thin center cut pork chop (approx. 10 pieces)
- 1 medium size onion
- cream of mushroom soup (Two 10.5 oz cans or One large 26 oz can)
- 1 oz packet of ranch dressing seasoning
- Clean pork chops and place in crock pot.
- Dice up the onion and add to the crock pot.
- Add cream of mushroom soup and ranch dressing. Cook on low for 6 hrs. The pork chops make a wonderful gravy and go great over rice.
*Try adding green beans to the pork chops while cooking. They taste amazing and leaves one less thing to make for dinner. If you don’t like pork chops, substitute for chicken breast.
This dish makes for a great meal anytime of the week and is done quickly.
- Tilapia/ Haddock fish (6-8 pieces)
- Lemon pepper seasoning
- Old Bay
- Olive oil spray
- fresh squeeze lemon (optional)
- Heat oven to 400 degrees.
- Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with olive oil
- Place fish on the baking sheet and sprinkle the fish with Old Bay and lemon pepper seasoning until it is covered (most lemon pepper seasoning already has salt so be mindful before adding any other seasoning). For a greater lemon taste, squeeze lemon juice on the fish prior to baking.
- Bake the fish for 15 minutes ( for a crispier fish broil for 1-2 minutes depending on the thickness of the filets).
Serve fish with rice and asparagus for a complete meal
Now I know that when you found out you were having twins, your mind instantly thought “Now I need two of everything”! There are so many items available now that its difficult deciding what is a necessity vs. a want. These are the some key items you can’t go without;
- crib and crib mattresses (the first month my twins slept better with one another)
- crib sheets
- crib mesh bumper
- changing table
- car seats
- double stroller
- LARGE diaper bag (check out what to keep in a diaper bag)
- diapers (twins go through about 1200 diapers in the first 2 months!)
- burp clothes (the thick cloth diaper material is best)
- gowns (makes for easy diaper changes)
- socks (non-skid)
- washcloths (smaller and thinner the better to reach those crevices)
- bottles (Medela ® bottles i find are great especially for nursing babies)
- blankets (heavy and light for swaddling)
- receiving blankets (protect babies sensitive skin from touching surroundings)
- baby soap and lotion
- bath seats (allows you to bathe babies together unlike the tub)
- diaper rash cream (Desitin Rapid Relief ® I think is best)
- Baby Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen (great for fevers and relief from pain)
- nail clippers
- bouncers/swings (great way to take a breather)
- pram (if you live in cooler climate)
- pacifiers (hopefully one of your babies will take them)
- hydrocortisone (helps clear up rashes)
These items are pretty much what you need to get started. In the upcoming months you will add and subtract from you baby items as they begin to grow. For instance by 4 or 5 months, the bouncers will no longer be necessary as they will attempt to get out to explore their surroundings. From 3-6 months you expect to purchase these few item;
- sippy cups
- baby food (try one food being vigilant of food allergies)
- exersaucers (gets those legs strong)
- floor play mats (for “tummy time” fun)
- high chairs
From 6-9 months there are two items that I found helpful during my babies development;
- gate (they roam EVERYWHERE so keep them safe)
- walker (helps them stabilize and get used of walking)
All these items listed I have used or are currently using. Of course with all the new things coming out for babies, wants have become necessities but I say do what works best for you. As my mom always says “You live and you learn”.
By the time your babies are about 5 months, they become interested in the world around them. Those days when they used to lay peacefully on your lap while you nursed are over! When your home, this poses no problem but can be extremely annoying when you are out and about. While I’m out, I find nursing one at a time works best. It may take longer but they are able to see their surroundings and I can maintain some type of modesty without four frolicking arms removing the cover from their faces to see what sounds they hear (I suggest purchasing the tommee tippee nursing cover ®). If at least one of your little ones will take a bottle or sippy cup, it may be advantageous to have pumped milk ready to go. When doing this, don’t forget your pump to relieve yourself of discomfort, as well as maintain your milk supply. Remember if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it.