What I Love About Being A Twin Mum VS What I Miss From My Child-Free Life

What I Love About Being A Twin Mum VS What I Miss From My Child-Free Life

‘Once you’re a parent, your whole life is going to change’. That’s what everyone kept telling me in the run up to the twins’ arrival. And wow, they were not wrong. In my head I thought ‘it can’t be that bad? Surely I can still have my little set ways and get the babies to loosely fit into our routines?’

HAAAAAA! Sorry, excuse me whilst I laugh at my pre-parent naivety. I hate to break it to all of those parents-to-be…but life really does change when you have babies, quite a lot. Actually, more than you can imagine.

Being a twin mumma has brought along its smiles, hilarities and tribulations. As we have survived keeping the babies alive for a massive five months *high five to that! I began to reflect on how our lives really have changed.

So here are the things that I love about being a twin mumma vs what I miss about my child-free life:

Mum and baby twins. Baby boy girl twins with mum

What are the things that you love about being a parent? What do you miss from your child-free life?

What I Love vs What I Miss

I miss: Being able to make spontaneous plans. I now need at least three weeks notice, and even then I may not actually make it. Probably due to either the babies being sick, I’m exhausted or I’ve been pooed on

I love: Having baby snuggles on the sofa. Their tiny little bodies wrapped around me is everything. I could sit there all day

I miss: How I used to sleep all night. ALL night. Uninterrupted, eight hours of blissful sleep. I miss sleep.

I love: The babies’ gummy, dribbly smiles first thing in the morning (even if they’ve kept me awake all…night…long…)

I miss: My life not being centred around having to wash and sterilise 14 bottles or change 10-16 nappies a day, wash millions of baby clothes daily (HOW can there be that much laundry when their clothes are so small?) or endlessly clear up vomit

I love: When the babies look at each other and smile. Ahhh it makes me go all mushy inside

I miss: Not having to go on quests to extract the biggest baby bogie from the smallest of nostril, just to be sure that it doesn’t stop them from breathing #mumanixety

I love: That newborn baby smell

I miss: Drinking copious amounts of Prosecco like an irresponsible teenager

I love: Checking in on the babies at night and seeing them sleep so peacefully

I miss: Having real adult conversations. Now my husband and I have a daily exchanges of: ‘what colour was his poo this time? Was it runny or solid? How many poos has he had so far today? Did you SMELL that last nappy??’ Romance, right there

I love: The smell of the babies straight after a bath. So clean and fresh

I miss: Not being able to be hungover and feel sorry for myself whilst binging on a whole bucket of KFC and watching back-to-back episodes of Marple

I love: How funny it is when the babies pass wind…they are SO loud (and it normally happens when I’m out and about…)

I miss: Being able to fit into my tiny clothes (why is it that you always think you’re overweight and then when you look back you realise that was total nonsense?)

I love: Not feeling so self-obsessed as I now have two tiny babies to look after

I miss: Having money to spend on unnecessary items (normally wine…)

I love: Earning money for a real purpose

baby twins. boy girl twins 5 month old twins

What highlights do your little ones bring to your life?

I miss: Having free time. Instead it’s a 3-hour schedule: feed, change, sleep, repeat. What did I used to do before having babies?? I wasted SO much time doing nothing…

I love: When they smile and their tiny pegs start showing through their gums. So cute

I miss: How I could leave the house without a care in the world. Now it’s spending 4 hours getting ready to leave (Nappy bag? Tick. Changing mat? Tick. Bottles? Tick. Extra sleep suits? Tick? Two babies? Errr…tick) only to spend approximately 48 minutes out, before you retreat back because the babies are screaming and you’re exhausted

I love: Proudly taking our babies out and about. Although being a twin mum means everyone talks to you…Yes, they are twins, yes it’s a boy and a girl, no of course they’re not identical…it’s a boy and a girl…

I miss: Not having to get dressed in stages as there’s a baby crying / someone’s vomited / I need to express / one baby has got hold of something that they shouldn’t have (how do they do that?) All I want to do is change my underwear, is that so much to ask?

I love: Watching the twin relationship begin to develop. How lucky are they to have each other?

I miss: Not being able to buy clothes because they now count as a luxury item

I love: Buying new sleep suits for the babies to wear. They always look so adorable in them

I miss: Spending all of my time with Pete, my friends and family

I love: Learning how to be our new little family

I miss: Enjoying a hot, leisurely cup of coffee. Instead I now make one of two choices: drink it straight from the kettle and get third degree burns, or have it next week. Either of the two is never appealing to me

I love: That their little personalities are already shining through. We most definitely have a mini me x2! (Beatrice is definitely a busy body and Francis is chilled and very calm)

I miss: Going in and out of shops without thinking twice about the environment set up. Now I regularly get anxious about finding toilets that are big enough to fit me and a double pram into when I’m out and about, or worried that I may not be able to get through the doors of a particular shop. The struggle is real

I love: The joy the twins bring not only to our lives but to our family’s lives too. Seeing the babies with their extended family is the cutest thing

Twin mum and twin babies. Twin mum feeding twin babies. Twin life. Twin babies being fed

Experiences from a twin mumma. What are the things you love about being a mum? What things do you miss from your child-free life?

I miss: Being able to watch the TV and not snot cry into my Kleenex at some missing cat or a slightly sombre piece of music. Blimmin’ hormones

I love: Learning all about motherhood. Every day is most definitely a school day

I miss: Not having a night where I would check on the babies 17 times to make sure that they’re still breathing (I’m sure I will always do this…)

I love: Meeting other mums and learning new tips and tricks from them

I miss: Napping all weekend (can you tell I miss sleep?)

I love: Trying to make our babies giggle. Once you’ve learnt the formula you can’t help yourself but keep going back and trying to make them laugh again and again and again

I miss: Being able to have a long shower (when I say long, I mean, more than 3 uninterrupted minutes. Now I just rush in and out of the bathroom mid shampoo because the baby monitor is going berserk)

I love: Being able to be the person who can comfort my babies

I miss: Looking youthful. Post babies, I now look like a haggard old woman with bags bigger than Aldi and sprouting grey hairs growing out of my head. Sleep deprivation is not kind to you

I love: Having this excuse of being a ‘new mum’ so the messy mum bun is now acceptable

I miss: How my body once was strong and fit…I still can’t kneel on the floor or twist too quickly. A multiple pregnancy is not for the faint hearted

I love: How tiny their little hands and feet are. How can it be possible?

I miss: Smelling of Chanel perfume and Neal’s Yard hand lotion. Baby milky vomit doesn’t quite have the same aroma

I love: That Pete still loves me, even in this post-baby whirlwind

 

What Do You Love and Miss?

What do you love about being a mumma? What are the things you miss from your child-free life?

 

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Snapshot Sunday: Twins Hold Hands For The First Time

Snapshot Sunday: Twins Hold Hands For The First Time

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

As soon as the twins were born Pete went to look after them whilst I continued to remain in theatre for some time. Once finally out of there, I was desperate to properly see their little faces and learn what each baby looked like. I wanted to see the colour of their eyes and shade of their hair, the shape of their little button noses and to see if they looked more like me or Pete.

Luckily the babies could stay with us on the ward as they were healthy and strong (how amazing is that? Especially for twins). It’s funny how the world revolves around capturing precious moments through the lens of your phone, yet Pete and I did not take pictures for a while. We wanted to actually live in this moment. The moment where we were with our brand new babies. No distractions please. This was our precious time.

After being mesmerised by our tiny twins, we tried to have a quick nap (we had been awake for over 24 hours…). Suddenly the midwife called: ‘Quick! Get your phone! Your babies are holding hands!’ As Pete rushed for his phone I glanced over at the babies. It was the cutest thing I had ever seen. Our baby twins, who were one day old, were holding hands. Oh. My. Cue happy tears.

New baby twins holding hands.

New baby twins holding hands.

I know it’s so important not to focus too much on getting the perfect snap and miss out on the fabulous moments your little ones bring, but I am so so grateful the midwife helped us to capture this incredible memory.

What Was Your First Photograph?

What was your first snap that you got of your little bundles of joy?

 

 

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Quick Fix Friday: How To Give Medicine To Reluctant Babies

Quick Fix Friday: How To Give Medicine To Reluctant Babies

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 Give Medicine To Reluctant Babies

As the week 8 inoculations were fast approaching, everyone kept telling me to buy baby calpol and give it to the twins straight after their jabs. This was to help control any potential fever. Being flustered over having to watch and comfort not just one baby as they get punctured with more holes than a sieve, but two, I was already slightly anxious. Now I also had to give calpol to two crying babies, in front of the nurse, as well. Great.

So, the nurse gave the first lot of injections and I got the medicine ready. Luckily the calpol came with a baby friendly syringe so this surely couldn’t be that hard. Baby crying, squirt medicine into baby’s mouth, baby swallow, happy baby.

But no.

As soon as I started to squeeze the calpol into Beatrice’s mouth, she automatically spat it back out. Hmmmm. Not what was supposed to happen. The nurse suggested squirting the medicine into the side of her cheek to help her swallow it. Again, Beatrice being the joker that she is (but I was not finding this funny), she spat it out again. What a madam.

This was not going to  work.

Of course over the next few days I was worried about her suffering with a temperature. This can’t happen every time! I had to think of a way to get her to swallow the calpol.

Isn’t it funny that these solutions always come to you at 2.43am? During the midst of a crying frenzy, Beatrice began to get a temperature. I needed to get her to take the medicine this time. That’s when I remembered that she sometimes liked to use my little finger as a dummy, which would automatically make her swallow. Could this be the solution??

So, I filled up the syringe, put it into the side of her cheek, squeezed a little bit of the purple goo into her mouth and quickly got her to suck on my knuckle. And as if by magic, she swallowed it straight away!

Hurrah! I had finally found a way to get her to take her medicine. I felt like I deserved a gold star (celebrate every win of course).

So, if you have trouble getting your baby to take their medicine, try getting them to suck on a dummy or your finger to encourage them to swallow it. I’d love to hear if this works for you!

*Since writing this post, I have also found that Francis needs distracting too in order to take his medicine. So as I squeeze the calpol into his mouth, I give him my finger to suck whilst blowing bubbles onto his hand. He think it’s hilarious and doesn’t realise that he has medicine in his mouth and will just swallow it. Woohoo!

Do You Have Any Solutions?

Do you have a baby that struggles to take their medicine? What tricks do you have to get them to take it?

 

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Bath Time Routine: How To Bathe Twins

How To Bathe Twins On Your Own

Do you wonder how to bathe twins by yourself? In this post I will share with you the steps I take to survive bathing twins.

Pete and I did not start bathing the twins until they were at least three weeks old. We just topped and tailed them at the start as they never seemed to get dirty (how could they? They literally would just lay around all day drinking, pooing and sleeping). We topped and tailed them by using a bowl of warm water and cotton wool and would wipe their little faces, necks and bottoms. Newborn baby’s skin is really delicate so it doesn’t need any soaps to start with too. However as time went on we decided to be brave and go for it. It was finally time to bathe the twins.

The thing is, when you’re a twin parent, it is inevitable that you will be abandoned to take on the challenging of bathing two babies…on your own. No this is not a joke.

How are you supposed to bathe TWO babies?? And all of you come out of it alive?

first-bath

Before I explain our routine, please let me put in a disclaimer: for most of our bathing nights we are serenaded by one of the twin’s delightful decibels. It’s normally from the baby who is waiting for their turn to have a bath (I try and rotate it…whenever Beatrice will let me…she is such a diva). I am now very used to this and will sometimes even try to sing along to the baby vocals., just to try and keep the babies calm (and me sane).

How To Bathe Twins:

Here is our routine of bathing our baby twins:

Bathing baby twins. How to bathe new born twins

How to bathe twins on your own: I sometimes keep one baby next to me in their baby chair whilst I bathe the other baby.

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 (make sure you run the cold tap first and then the hot, to avoid the bottom of the bath tub getting heated up by the hot water and then potentially burning your baby’s skin) 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

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!

Baby twin in bath seat during bath time. How to bathe twins on your own

How to bathe twins on your own: I use bath seat to keep the babies in place whilst I wash them.

6.30pm:

I then tuck the towel underneath my chin, pick 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.

And then guess what? I do it all over again. Deja vu?

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?

Do you have any other tips on bathing babies? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

 

 

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My Twin Pregnancy Story

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My Pregnancy Story

Imagine: it is a Friday evening in London, you have your friend’s 30th birthday party tomorrow in Exeter, you need to pack your costume for the 80s theme and you have this little niggle in the corner of your head that your period STILL hasn’t come along. Ummm. I’m just being paranoid. It’ll be here. It’s just taking its merry time this month. As I had a sip of my Pinot I looked at the golden liquid and thought…maybe I should take one little test just to be sure…?? Oh. My. God. I am actually going to take a test. I took a deep breath and said to Pete: love, I think I should take a pregnancy test, I wont be pregnant, but just to be sure as we’re partying tomorrow night. As the panic started to set across his face I slowly opened the little white stick and went to the loo.

Pregnant with twins. Twin bump.

My Pregnancy Story: Isn’t the human body incredible? I cant believe how much my body changed throughout the 8 months.

I thought I would be in and out in under a minute. However, once I unravelled the epic manual aka the instructions (HOW can there be so many instructions to basically pee on a stick?) I sat and waited for the results to show. Hurry up I thought, so I can get back to my wine.

10 seconds…nothing. 15 seconds…nothing. 20 seconds…nothing. My breathing started to become shallow as I waited for what felt like forever for the results to appear.

‘Pregnant. 2-3 weeks’.

I rubbed my eyes and looked at the test again. Pregnant. Pregnant, pregnant, pregnant. WHAT???? I opened the bathroom door and shouted for Pete. He could hear the panic in my voice and looked at me. ‘You’re joking?’. The test does not lie. Trembling, I searched through the instructions to see how accurate these tests actually were. If you have a ‘pregnant’ reading, it’s basically over 99% certain. Oh. My. Goodness.

Pete actually jumped with joy, he was so excited by the news. If I’m honest I did not. I slid down the bathroom door, looking longingly at my cold, crisp glass of wine and begrudgingly passed it over to Pete to drink (he drank it in one…) I sat there for a few minutes in silence. ‘Aren’t you excited?’ Pete asked. I didn’t know. All I could think about was that there was a living thing inside of me and my body was about to change. I was now home to a little tiny human. Am I healthy enough? Was that sip of wine I had only a few moments ago going to do any harm? Have I eaten enough vegetables? I haven’t taken any folic acid, is that going to matter? My mind went out of control.

Then came the realisation that we were travelling over one hundred miles to Devon in the morning for my friend’s 30th. Oh no…what am I going to do? The reading on the test said 2-3 weeks, so I was far too early to tell anyone about the pregnancy. Also, there was going to be Prosecco. Lots of procecco ahhhhhhh! Boo to missing out on that and now panic over how I was going to get away with not drinking…

As I was staying at my friend’s house over that weekend, I called her (three pregnancy tests later…I just wanted to be extra sure…) to tell her the news. I had to tell someone else I was definitely not going to survive over the next couple of days. Again, like Pete, she was much more excited than I was at that moment in time. ‘Don’t worry, you can drink tonic water without the gin’ she reassured me. Sounds great. Tonic without gin. Whoop. Ummm…I guess it was something I was going to have to get used to.

Twin bump during the decond trimester

Twin bump during my second trimester

I felt like Miss Marple, slyly going to the bar to order a soft drink without anyone noticing (I had never experienced an alcohol-free trip to the pub before. I could now see why). All I could think about was the fact that there was a little fairy growing inside me. It made me permanently distracted. I couldn’t quite focus on anything. EEEEK we’re having a baby..?!

Now, I don’t know about you, but the first trimester feels like FOREVER… Waiting for week 12 to have your scan to confirm that you actually do have a little person inside of you is almost too much to bare! Also you have to hide the fact that you are feeling hideously nauseous and hungry all of the time. I was already starting to show too which made things even harder. Thank goodness for long scarfs and floaty tops.

Fast forward to week 8, we decided to pay for an early scan as I was meant to be travelling to France to help on a school residential, so I just wanted to make sure that everything was ok. Personally, it was the best £90 we have ever spent. The place was quiet, calm, the staff were lovely and it was extremely spacious. I felt at ease. ‘Mrs F, you can come through now’. Gulp. Here we go.

As I laid down on the bed and the sonographer covered my bloated belly with gel my heart started to beat out of my chest. This was it. This was the moment where we were going to find out if we had a little baby growing inside of me. She started moving the ‘thing’ (I’m no medic, I have no idea what that ‘thing’ is called) across my tummy and I think I stopped breathing. I couldn’t take the suspense. The room was silent in anticipation. Our eyes scanned across the screen to see if we could work out if anything was there. Just looked like shadows to me. Finally the sonographer spoke…

‘It’s very good news. There are two heartbeats…’

…huh? Our baby has two hearts?? I don’t u’nderstand.

‘You’re having TWINS!’

Twin bump during the second trimester

Twin bump growing fast

TWINS????????? Sorry, could you repeat that please? Do you mean two babies? As in one, two? TWO BABIES???! Pete went brighter than a tomato and almost fainted from the shock. I burst into fits of laughter and then could not stop giggling for the rest of the scan. There were two little heartbeats. Two little sacs. Two individual babies growing inside me. I cannot even begin to describe what a feeling that was.

But finally, I felt joy. I think it was because it was finally real. It was really happening. Pete and I were going to be parents. But not to one baby, to TWO. Wow. Mother nature, you really had us. I still felt like a teenager and now I was going to be responsible for two tiny humans in a few months time. Wow. Just wow.

What’s Your Pregnancy Story?

How does this compare to your pregnancy story? I’d love to hear how you found out you were expecting your bundle (or bundles!) of joy.

 

 

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Parents Hacks: How To Survive Life With a Newborn Baby (Part 2)

How To Survive Life With A Newborn Baby (Part 2)

As you are thrown into the whirlwind of keeping a newborn baby alive, you will desperately start searching for tips and advice on how to make life that little bit easier. Here is part 2 of my little tips that helped me to get through the first few months of motherhood:

  • Always think ahead of items that you will need in the future and buy them during the sales. I bought our two high chairs and stair gates when the babies were 2 months old, ha! I know it may sound ridiculous, but I know they are items we will definitely need so I wanted to make sure we got them at the best price possible.

  • When feeding twins, once they have strong neck control, you can use one hand to lift one baby up after feeding to allow to burp, whilst the other baby finishes their feed. This is what we like to call the ‘lift and burp!’

Baby twins bottle feeding, the lift and burp

Parent Hacks: The ‘Lift and Burp’. When feeding twins, once they have strong neck control you can lift one baby to burp whilst the other one finishes their feed.

  • CAYG (Clean As You Go). This has literally saved me from living in an environment similar to Jumanji. For example, as I finish changing a baby’s nappy I make sure I have wiped down the changing mat, restocked the nappy bag tin and packed away any stray clothes before I leave the room. This means I don’t have to go back in later to tidy before the next nappy change.

  • No matter how tired I may feel in the morning, I always wash my face and put a little bit of make up on. I found this helped to lift my mood and feel more human. And coffee. Lots of coffee. Ooooh AND dry shampoo. Dry shampoo will be your best friend.

  • Prop baby books across the sofa and put your babies underneath it to keep them entertained

Baby twins underneath baby book. Baby entertainment

Parent Hacks: Prop a book over the sofa and put your babies underneath to keep them entertained.

  • Distraction, distraction, distraction! If I have been holding one baby for a while and I know they’ll probably be grizzly when put back down, I try and distract them, such as making them laugh / singing to them as I put them down into their chair/floor. More often than not, because I’m acting like such a buffoon the baby doesn’t notice that they have been put down. #winning

  • But following on from that last point, please remember that babies will cry! It is how they communicate. So long as they are not hungry, have a wet nappy, cold/hot, unwell or need comfort, they are probably just expressing themselves (in the noisiest way possible…!) Don’t be alarmed. I try and keep myself sane in these situations by singing along with their cries. If you are finding the crying too much, take a couple of minutes and then go back to them. So long as they are safe where they are they will not come to any harm. Then once you feel ready you can go back and continue to distract / comfort / dance / sing through the cries. Good luck!

  • If you need to entertain your babies whilst you have 5 minutes to get dressed / brush your teeth / have a wee… use the washing machine as the ultimate #freebabyentertainment. Works every time for us!

Babies entertained by washing machine

Parent Hacks: Use the washing machine as entertainment for your babies!

 

  • Do not spend more money than you need to on baby vests. Buy the basic ones. No one will see them and I can guarantee that they will be stained with yellow poo. Don’t waste your money on expensive poo catchers. That’s just silly.

    To keep tummy time interesting, use patterned bibs to encourage your baby to keep their head up for as long as possible.

Baby tummy time

Parent Hacks: Use a patterned bib to keep your baby entertained during tummy time.

 

Any Other Tips?

Do you have any other tips or advice for surviving life with a newborn baby? Let us know in the comments section below.

 

 

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Parents Hacks: How To Survive Life With a Newborn Baby (Part 1)

How To Survive Life With A Newborn Baby

As you are thrown into the whirlwind of keeping a newborn baby alive, you will desperately start searching for tips and advice on how to make life that little bit easier. Here are some of my little tips that helped me to get through the first few months of motherhood:

  • As a new parent you need to invest in a coat with big pockets. I mean, BIG pockets. Like, if Narnia did pockets. The amount of stuff you need to have to hand or stash away is unbelievable. My coat pockets currently contain: two baby hats, one oyster card, a pair of gloves, one silencer (aka a dummy), chewing gum, a baby rattle, a credit card and a collection of house and car keys.

  • If you are using formula, pot up your powder into portions for the night feeds. Then at 2.34am you can just tip the powder into the bottles, rather than deliriously counting and then miscounting the scoops. As we have twins and they are on different amounts of formula, I also label them to make sure I know which pots are for which baby.

formula-pots

Parent Hacks: How to survive life with a newborn baby. If you are using formula, pot up the correct amount of scoops for the night feeds so that you are ready to feed throughout the night.

  • White noise will rescue you from any screaming baby. As soon as I put it on we go from ear-shattering wails to silent, sleeping babies. It’s truly magic and works every time. Download an app now!

  • Use the line at the front of the baby’s nappy to see if it’s wet or not. A dry nappy will have a yellow line and a wet one will be blue.

  • If a baby’s nappy has leaked everywhere (and if you’re one of our babies, this will happen often…), pull their vest down over their shoulders rather than over their head to avoid your baby being a poo head. Ha.

  • To stop losing baby socks in the wash, use a mesh laundry bag to wash your socks in. This will stop them from disappearing into the wash cycle, never to be seen again.

  • To stop your baby from being distracted whilst feeding, put a colourful sock / puppet on the end of your finger and hold it up for the baby to look at whilst they drink their milk.

Baby twins bottle feeding

Parent Hacks: How to stop a baby being distracted during feeding time. Put a sock or puppet on your finger to keep them focused on feeding, rather than looking around.

  • To make sure your baby swallows their medicine (this works really well if you have a baby that spits out calpol / teething powder etc) is to give them a little bit, then quickly give them something to suck on (I use my knuckle but you could use a dummy or a bottle) to encourage your baby to swallow. This makes sure that they take their medicine rather than automatically spitting it back out. This works for us every time!

  • To make sure your baby changing bag is always ready for the next outing, replenish it as soon as you come in from your day trip. Almost as soon as I walk in the door, I empty the things that I have used (baby bottles, formula pots, bibs and nappies) and restock immediately. That way, when I need to use it for the next time, I know that the only thing I need to put in it will be sterilised bottles and hot water. Easy!

  • Swaddle babies to help them drift off to sleep. This mimics being in the womb and helps them to feel safe and secure (and they look adorable too!)

Baby twins swaddled to sleep

Swaddle babies to help them feel safe and secure. This mimics being in the womb and helps them to sleep.

 

  • Use your time effectively to complete jobs around the house. Even when I’m waiting for the Prep Machine to fill a baby’s bottle, I quickly put a few items away from the draining board or put the laundry on to wash. This helps to keep the chores to a minimum.

  • Put a small tin on your nappy changing table and use as a miniature bin to hold your nappy bags in place. This way you can hold your baby whilst putting the dirty nappy straight into this tin, rather than trying to shake the nappy bag open then try and wrestle the soiled nappy into it.

Nappy bag bin for a baby changing station

Parent Hack: use a small tin as a nappy bag bin to keep your nappy bags in place whilst you are changing your little one’s nappy.

Any Other Tips?

Do you have any other tips or advice for surviving life with a newborn baby? Let us know in the comments section below.

 

 

Looking for more twin inspiration? Browse our other twin topic pages from the links below, or come and say hi on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. We would love to hear from you!

You may also be interested in:

Parent Hacks: Survive With A Newborn (Part 2)  | Baby Haemangioma | A Day In The Life Of… | Nursery Organisation | Travel Organisation | Feeding | Guest Posts | Tips For Mums-To-Be | Parent Hacks: Survive With A Newborn | My Pregnancy Story | How To Bathe Twins | What I Miss From My Child-Free Life | Twin Night Time Feeding | Parent Anxiety21 Activities for Babies | Monday Musings | Work It Out Wednesday | Quick Fix Friday | Snapshot Sunday