Quick Fix Friday: How To Treat Cradle Cap

Quick Fix Friday: How To Get Rid Of Cradle Cap

Welcome to Quick Fix Friday! The blog post of the week where I share a tiny tip that has helped me survive with my baby twins. Sometimes, in the delirious, sleep-deprived haze, it’s the little things that stop you from snot crying over spilled breast milk (do you REALISE how long it takes to express that stuff?? Anyway…).

Here is my tiny tip of the week:

How To Treat Cradle Cap

As a parent, strange things come up all of the time that you’re having to deal with…runny poo, gunky eyes, teething rash…the list goes on. One thing we had to deal with was cradle cap. For anyone who hasn’t heard of this before, cradle cap is greasy, yellow scaly patches that sometimes appear on the scalps of young babies (you can find out more information about cradle cap on the NHS website).

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How to treat cradle cap. We found that rubbing coconut oil into our baby’s scalp twice a day helped to get rid of it.

Although not contagious or uncomfortable for babies, it’s not the nicest of things to have on the top of your baby’s head. If you follow me on our Foxfairy Twins Instagram Page you’ll know I tried a few things to help get rid of the cradle cap. And the best product that helped us was…

Coconut oil!

This stuff is magical. I would gently rub it into my baby’s scalp twice a day. It only took a couple of weeks for the cradle cap to completely disappear! It also makes them smell delightful too.

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How To Make A Sensory Den For Babies

How To Make A Sensory Den For Babies

Hi parents. Do you find, day after day, at home with your little babies, you are sometimes grasping at things to keep your babies entertained? I definitely overthink how to provide stimulation for our babies…and then mum guilt creeps in… Am I doing enough with my babies? Am I reading them enough stories? Talking to them enough? Do we have enough cuddles? The worries are endless.

However, finding myself stuck indoors for the day (our walk had to be abandoned as Francis was unwell) I suddenly had a light bulb moment. Why not just adapt what resources I could find around our flat for the babies?

how to make a sensory den for babies

How to make a sensory den. Babies love to be in small spaces so I put this den together in less than 5 minutes! All you need are a few items that you can find around the house.

That’s when I assembled a sensory den for my baby twins. Let me point our that it is not Pinterest perfect, but it does the job. I only used basic items that can be found around the home and it took less than 5 minutes to put together! I would highly recommend trying this out with your little ones. I know babies love to be enclosed in small spaces as it makes them feel safe and secure. It also gave them the opportunity for their senses to be stimulated. Here is what I did:

Instructions

Items You Will Need:

  • A sheet

  • Fairy lights

  • String

  • A play gym (optional) or two chairs

  • Optional extras e.g. metal spoons, lavender drops, orange peel, foil, different patterned socks

How To Make It:

  • Using a large sheet, drape it over a play gym or two chairs that are opposite to each other to create a den

  • Attach fairy lights to the play gym or hang lights over the sheet (making sure that they are out of grabbing distance!)

  • If you need to, use string to fasten cloth to stop it from moving

  • If you are feeling adventurous you could attach objects such as spoons, hessian, rattles, different patterned socks etc to string and also hang that from your play gym/chairs so that your baby has more interesting textures to explore and sounds to create

  • To make it extra special before bedtime, you could always turn the lights down really low so that the fairy lights are beautifully bright, play some lullaby music and add a drop of lavender nearby so that it helps them to transition into bedtime.

How easy is that?!

As the babies become stronger, further develop their grasping skills and are able to sit up on their own, I am planning on exploring sensory play in more depth. Watch this space!

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It’s great to change the items that you have in the den to keep it interesting for the babies. You could hang some rattles or cutlery from the top of the den so that the babies can make music, add a tiny lavender drop nearby to help bedtime preparations or shine different coloured lights through the top of the den.

 

Have A Go!

I would love to hear your ideas on what to add to make a den even more spectacular.

 

 

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Takeover Tuesday: How To Cope With Newborn Twins

Takeover Tuesday: How To Cope With Newborn Twins  by Two Little Misters

 I can hardly believe it, but in just a couple of months, my twins will be turning two! This second year has gone far faster than the first, but I still haven’t forgotten the early days. As much as I tried to prepare myself for having two babies, there was still a huge adjustment period when they were born, and the learning curve continues!

Caring for two babies’ needs and responding to their individual likes and dislikes is massively rewarding, but it’s also hard work! Here are a few pieces advice I would offer to anyone with newborn twins.

You can’t always do it all and you can’t feel bad about it.

 With the best will in the world, and even with all the bouncers/swings/rockers and your house looking like a creche, you just can’t. Sometimes one baby does have to cry for a little bit whilst you are doing something else.  There might even be times when both will cry and you can’t figure out what’s wrong. And yes, you probably will feel like a mean mummy, but you are doing your best! There are also some things that have to be non-negotiable, like a daily shower (even if it is only 2 minutes to feel human again). It may sound harsh to some but there is nothing more you can do than your best.

 twin mum and baby twins. how to raise twins. advice on caring for twins

 

Don’t feel too guilty about taking little shortcuts that make life easier.

 The newborn stage is not forever (though it might feel like it at 4am when you’re still up with one or two colicky babies). So, if you need to have the odd takeaway to give you time to work on that mountain of laundry, do it.

 

Plan ahead where possible.

 It really helps to get organised where you can with twins. Not only do you have to pack a changing bag for two and no doubt manoeuvre a huge pram in and out of the car and house, but all the places you used to frequent are a new experience with two babies along for the ride. If you are heading to a shopping centre, for example (and especially if you are going it alone), it will be ten times more manageable if you can snag a parent and child parking bay. And it’s handy to know where the best changing facilities are, should you need them.

 

Get out for fresh air every day.

 When you’re running low on sleep and it takes so long to get everyone ready and out the door, it may be the last thing you feel like doing. But it can make the world of difference. People find twins fascinating and will always stop to talk to you. You will probably hear the same old clichés over and over, but you’ll never tire of people telling you how beautiful your babies are and how well you’re doing for getting out of the house!

 

And finally –

 There are some things you just can’t do on your own – and you only find out through experience.

 I discovered this when the car needed refuelling for the first time after my husband returned to work. I didn’t want to leave my babies locked in the car whilst I dashed to pay. Nor did I feel it would be safe to traipse across the forecourt with them. I ended up telephoning all the local service stations to see if any of them offered a ‘pay at pump’ service. None of them did. (In the end, I went to a garage with no other customers. I parked at the pump nearest the pay point and was very quick, but since then I have only filled up when someone else is with me!)

 

It is difficult at times, and I never shy away from admitting that when asked. But the trials and tribulations are overshadowed when you experience the huge sense of pride that goes along with nourishing and nurturing not one, but two small babies!

 

 

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My Birth Story (Part 1)

My Birth Story (Part 1)

My birth story. Something that many people have asked about. And the one subject I haven’t really explored on my blog. Not because I don’t want people to know about it. It just wasn’t a straight forward, picture perfect experience, so it seems a bit of an effort to retell really (but then who does have a straight forward birth story anyway? It’s not like the stork delivers a baby like you’ve primed it and requested next day delivery…) So I guess my story will add to all of the other fabulous, strong women who have endured this crazy adventure into motherhood.

I decided to work as far as I could to my due date so that I would spend as much time as possible with my newborn babies. As if I had planned it (you know I like to be organised), I said goodbye to my fabulous work colleagues on the Friday, bought the last minute baby items over that weekend, finally finished the whole of Gossip Girl on the Monday and  had the twins’ surprise arrival on the Tuesday. I’d say that was pretty good planning.

Twin bump during the second trimester

I chose to work as close to my due date as possible so that I could get as much maternity leave as I could with my babies.

I was 35 weeks plus 5 days when the twins were born. Let me take you back to that time. It was a Monday, my first official day of maternity leave. It was a strange feeling not getting up to go to work, although I must admit, by that time my body was so exhausted carrying two little ones that even breathing was strenuous. So I tried to take it easy. Nap when I needed. Ate when I was hungry. It was now a waiting game.

I remember cooking dinner for Pete as soon as he arrived home from work. It was a typical evening. We sat together, ate dinner, chatted about the day, tidied up and went to bed. The third trimester is an extremely frustrating period as you can never get more than 2 hours sleep at a time due to your poor bladder being forever squashed by your growing bump. As I was getting up every couple of hours to use the bathroom, it meant that Pete was also woken up every two hours. So sleep really was a treat for us.

2.45am I woke up for the 4th time that night to use the loo. As I got into the bathroom my tummy didn’t feel right. Maybe it was something I ate at dinner? That’s when it happened. The moment that you’ve been waiting for throughout the whole of your pregnancy. The sign that your babies are on their way. My waters broke.

Oh. My. Goodness.

It was like I went into ultra efficient mode. I called for Pete, who came stumbling across the hallway in a sleepy state, not knowing what to do. I remember distinctively saying as he fumbled around trying to tap the hospital number into his phone: ‘I am going to be really bossy now, ok?’ Of course the poor thing had no other response than ‘Yes ok’. As soon as he got off the phone to the midwife I started giving the first instruction: ‘Right Pete, you need to get dressed’ ‘Next, please can you make sure my hospital notes are in the bag’ ‘Can you top up my water bottle for the journey?’ the instructions went on. As I brushed my hair (I know, I’m vain, even when I’m about to give birth…) and finished dressing I remember looking around our bedroom one last time thinking: This is going to be the last time we step into this home as a family of two. Totally and utterly bonkers.

We stumbled into our uber, sat in the back holding hands and giggled to each other. This was so surreal. I was surprisingly really calm as I wasn’t having any contractions (lucky for Pete I’d say). With it being just after 3am, the streets were very quiet so the drive was very smooth. When we arrived at the hospital we had to wander the hallways trying to find the right ward. We went up to one floor, realised that wasn’t the correct one, so had to hobble my way back down to the floor below (remembering that my waters had actually burst so I really needed to see someone quiet urgently).

top-surface

I wanted to make sure that everything was ready and prepared for the twins’ arrival.

Eventually we found the correct ward, took a seat and waited to go in. There was a young girl and her boyfriend also waiting to be taken in. She was having regular contractions bless her and her poor partner had no idea what to do. He just paced the floor, nervous sweat dripping from his forehead, obviously wishing for a midwife to appear soon to save him (and obviously his girlfriend) from this ordeal. I know it’s us women that go through the labour but I do feel for the partners who have to stand back and be a spare part, not having the slightest idea on how to actually be helpful. I felt for them. Surprisingly we were actually taken through first, it seemed having twins gives you a free pass.

The hours went by and many different midwives, doctors and consultants came to speak to us. After having a scan they explained that although Twin 1 (we didn’t know the gender) was in the head down position, ready to be delivered, Twin 2 had decided to wedge their feet underneath Twin 1’s head, therefore creating a blockage (can you guess which baby was Twin 2?). So delivery by cesarean section it was.

It happened to be an audit day for the hospital which meant there were no scheduled operations in theatre…so we were able to get gowned up and taken straight down.

Oh my. We are actually going to have babies…like RIGHT NOW. So, so surreal. I don’t think I processed it really. Pete and I just went along with what the doctors were telling us to do.

That’s when we started walking down the corridor towards the theatre room.

Here we go.

Find out what happens next in Part 2, coming up next week!

 

What Was Your Birthing Experience?

What was your birthing experience like?

 

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Snapshot Sunday: Daddy Cuddles

Snapshot Sunday: Daddy Cuddles

Welcome to Snapshot Sunday! The blog post where I share a fabulous photo that captures our experiences of raising twins.

Daddy cuddles are the best. Here is Beatrice at only a few weeks old enjoying a snuggle with Pete. Don’t you find it’s watching your partner with your little ones is the best feeling in the world?

Daddy cuddling baby twin

Daddy cuddles are the best.

What Is Your Favourite Photo?

Do you have a favourite photo of your little one with someone else?

 

 

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Quick Fix Friday: How To Stop A Baby Rolling Over At Night

Quick Fix Friday: How To Stop A Baby Rolling Over At Night

Welcome to Quick Fix Friday! The blog post of the week where I share a tiny tip that has helped me survive with my baby twins. Sometimes, in the delirious, sleep-deprived haze, it’s the little things that stop you from snot crying over spilled breast milk (do you REALISE how long it takes to express that stuff?? Anyway…).

Here is my tiny tip of the week:

How To Stop A Baby Rolling Over At Night

As a parent, after a few months you finally start to feel like you kind of know what you’re doing. Routines start emerging and you know your baby’s cues. That is until they grow a little more, change the way they are doing things or learn a new skill. Then it’s back to the drawing board in search for the new solution.

It’s funny how you are pushing for your baby to meet the next pending milestone and then when they actually do it, you instantly regret it. We experienced this feeling last week, where Beatrice had finally learnt how to roll over onto her tummy. The bad news was that 1. She actually hates tummy time, so being on her front was not fun, and 2. She did not know how to roll back over onto her back. Problems.

Although I went from being a mumma who could leave her 5 month old twins on the floor and drink a ‘hot’ cup of coffee (lucky, I know) overnight I became a yoyo…up, down, up, down, turning Beatrice back onto her back as she wailed louder than a banshee as she miserably flapped on her tummy like a poorly seal. Now, I didn’t mind it because it is all a learning experience for her and she needs to struggle a little bit before she can actually turn herself back around. But what troubled me was bedtime. What if she rolls in her sleep? Will she be able to turn her head enough to breathe? What if I don’t hear her on the monitor? Worry, worry, worry.

That was when many lovely followers from our Foxfairy Twins Instagram Page suggested rolling up a towel and positioning it under the sheet like a ‘0’ so that she fitted in the middle. This way it would stop her from being able to roll onto her tummy. And guess what? It worked! So a massive, massive thank you for your help. You guys are the best 🙂

young baby yawning. bedtime routine. a day in the life of twins

How to stop your baby from rolling over at night.

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Bedtime Routine For Baby Twins

Bedtime Routine For Baby Twins

If you have a new baby, you’re probably wondering what a typical bedtime routine looks like. If you have twins, I am sure you are even more intrigued by how others are surviving. This is my experience of a bedtime routine with twins.

If you follow my Foxfairy Twins Instagram stories you’ll know that sleep has been a tricky area for us. When you’re surrounded by young babies that sleep from 7pm – 7am (yes, I actually have a friend whose baby actually does sleep that long. Not bitter in the slighted) and endless information and guides which will advise you on how long a baby should sleep for, it’s no wonder this subject can be frustrating for a parent.

However I did understand that establishing a bedtime routine early on was crucial to getting more sleep (for me and the babies). I personally love routine. It makes me feel like I have some idea of what I’m doing. So I was happy to start introducing this into our day.

Our Bedtime Routine

6.00pm:

Our babies have their last bottle of the day (we feed and then bath them so that they do not associate needing to be fed in order to get to sleep). Once the twins have finished having their milk I run the bath (my full post on How to Bathe Twins goes into more detail about how we do this with two babies) and then get out all of the items I will need and set it out ready on the changing top. This includes: two sleep suits, two vests, nappy changing items, coconut oil/lotion and a towel (I use one towel between the two of them…they each only use up half a towel as they’re still quite small).

 

How to bathe twins on your own: Preparation is vital! Before I bathe the babies I always make sure I have laid out all of the things I will need so that I am ready. Two sleep suits, two vests, nappy changing items and a towel.

How to bathe twins on your own: Preparation is vital! Before I bathe the babies I always make sure I have laid out all of the things I will need so that I am ready. Two sleep suits, two vests, nappy changing items and a towel.

6.20pm:

Choose one baby (normally the one who seems to be in the happier mood…although at this time of night that’s pretty tricky…) to strap into a baby seat and put them into the bathroom / just outside of the bathroom. I do this to watch over that baby whilst I’m bathing the other one. (Of course you would never leave a baby on its own in the bath, but having the other one near to you helps to keep them calm whilst they’re waiting to be bathed). I also try and set up something to keep this baby entertained, such as propping up a book for them to look at, or placing them in front of the mirror so that they can look at themselves.

Twin baby entertained by sitting in front of a mirror

Bedtime Routine: how to bathe baby twins on your own. I keep one baby entertained whilst I bathe the other baby. Putting them in front of a mirror works rather well!

I then take the first baby into the bedroom, take their clothes off, wipe around their nappy area, dispose of their nappy and take them into the bathroom, ready for their bath.

I begin by testing the water with my wrist to make sure the water is at the right temperature. I then lower the baby into the baby bath seat (we used a baby bath to begin with as they were so small, but ours have now grown out of it so we use a seat instead) and leave them to settle into the water for about half a minute. At first the babies would just lie there like dead fish, not moving at all. But now they kick their little legs and smile. It’s adorable.

Once they have settled into the water, I wipe the baby’s face with a flannel and then pour water over their body and then use a baby soap/body wash to wash their neck, underarms, fingers, Michelin thigh rolls and in between their toes (You would NOT believe how dusty babies get under their necks and in between their fingers and toes. At one point it looked like I had let them play inside the Dyson hoover…oops). Then rinse off.

I then move onto washing their hair (or heads in our case…still waiting for the hair to sprout) and really scrub behind their ears…it gets really gross behind there. I have also recently discovered the magic of Lucy Bee Coconut Oil for cradle cap. Francis had a bad case of it, but after coating his scalp with the oil after the bath, it has now almost completely cleared up! Amazing!

6.30pm:

I then take the baby out of the bath, wrap them up and take them to the nursery where I’ll quickly cover them in lotion or coconut oil, put their sleep suit on and tuck into bed. Once both babies are in their cot I will read them a quick story, say good night to them and leave them to settle down to sleep.

Mum reading to baby twins. Baby twins bed time routine. reading to babues

It is never too early to start reading to your babies! Such a lovely activity to spend with your little ones as they wind down for bedtime.

I love this routine as it helps the babies to settle for bedtime. They will now fall asleep as soon as they get into their cot. At first I followed this routine every day to teach them how to wind down for the night (I know this goes over the bathing recommendations, but I really wanted to get the babies into a bedtime routine. I just made sure I hardly used any soap or lotion to prevent their skin drying out). Because we have been consistent with this, we now only need to bathe the babies every other day and they still continue to settle well. On their non-bathing nights I will still cover the babies in lotion/oil before putting their sleep suits on. I am sure they now associate this smell with bed time. As I have practised this over the last few months, I can now get them both fed, bathed and into bed in just under an hour!

What Does Your Routine Look Like?

What is your bedtime routine like?

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