Top 10 Things To Do Before Your Twins Are Born.
Top 10 Things To Do Before Your Twins Are Born.
My twins were born 25 months, 2 weeks, and 5 days ago .
In more recent times, people are finding out about multiple pregnancies much earlier than before. Just a few decades ago, you wouldn’t find out that you were pregnant with twins until you were already in labor. These late term shockers are very rare today and most women find out they’re having twins usually via routine ultrasound or in their first trimester.
When you find out you’re pregnant with twins, many questions have to be answered. Preparing for life with multiples is a bit different than a singleton birth but there are a number of things you can do to prepare for the arrival of your babies. The truth is, getting these ten things done before you give birth is key: once they’re here, you won’t have much time for anything but their care.
1. Have that baby shower!
Baby showers are a fun tradition that is often a great way to prepare for any birth. However, for those expecting multiples, this can also be a great way to stock up on those things you need for when the babies arrive.
2. Get older siblings ready.
Whenever there is a new baby on the way, it’s important to prepare the older siblings. The birth of a new sibling brings changes, and with twins, it’s doubly so. In order to make a smooth transition for the new big brother or sister, be sure to let them know how things will be for a time. Also, assure them that they are still loved and that just because the new arrivals are taking up a lot of attention, doesn’t mean that they are less important.
3. Think up some names.
Naming your twins is a very personal decision. It’s also one that you need to think about because these are the names your children will use for the rest of their lives. Thinking of the best name for each baby is important not only as a stand-alone but also how they will sound together.
4. Figure out the arrangements.
Getting your nursery ready is a big part of getting ready for any baby. With twins, sometimes it’s tempting to double up on everything but in some cases, it’s not necessary. There are also some things that can be shared initially, but will eventually require two for your babies. Consider these things and stock your nursery accordingly.
5. Take a childbirthing class.
No matter what style of childbirth you’re looking into, taking a class can be an important way to prepare. For a twin or multiple pregnancy, the classes are going to be a bit different so you’ll want to be sure to take that into account when choosing. There are many classes that are geared towards parents of multiples and these can be a great benefit.
6. Arrange for some help.
For most parents, there is no shortage of well meaning relatives and friends who will want to stop by to offer help. This is a good thing to take advantage of, but also something you’ll want to set up in advance. If you’d prefer a little time alone with the babies to adjust, make sure that this is known in advance, also, to prevent awkward situations. If you feel you need some support and help though, always ask. There will generally be someone in your circle of family and friends who is only to happy to assist.
7. Stock up on diapers and other supplies.
Diapers are a needed item when you have babies, but double trouble when you’ve got twins. Think about your diapering options, first. Many modern parents are opting for cloth diapers these days. Diaper services are available for washing them, or you can rinse and wash your own. If you go with disposables, be sure that you have a good stock of them on hand. These are not the only essential item, though. Consider the things that you would want to have on hand at all times and be sure to have a good stockpile.
8. Learn the facts about pre-term labor.
Pre-term labor is a fact of multiples. Most parents while pregnant learn the signs of pre-term labor anyway, as it’s an important thing to factor in. However, with multiples, the odds of pre-term labor happening get much higher. The best way to avert potential problems is to learn the signs of pre-term labor and what to do about it ahead of time.
9. Network with others.
It’s always best to have someone you can relate to, to talk to about what you’re going through. While pregnancy and babies are wonderful events, they can be quite stressful. Having a support network with others who understand can help this a great deal. Surrounding yourself with people who are either going through it, or have been through it can help you to not only get some much needed support, but advice when you need it.
10. Pre-prepare birth announcements.
This is one of those things that many people don’t consider until after the fact, but it’s something that you can save a great deal of time and energy by doing ahead of time. Make sure that you have birth announcements and other things like that done ahead of time so that all that needs to be done is having them sent out.
More than anything, just enjoy your remaining days of being pregnant as best you can. Twin pregnancies are twice the excitement, and twice the anxiety in some cases but before too long you’ll also have twice the babies to enjoy. Prepare a few things ahead of time and you’ll be one step ahead of the game.
This is a featured article provided generously by Eric Radakovic, puppeteerfrom Brisbane, Australia. You can visit his personal website HERE. Many thanks to my friend Eric!