If you’ve been blessed with two babies at the same time, you’re super lucky. But you’re also probably super tired and in desperate need of parenting hacks for parents of twins. We know all too well that the struggle is very, very real. People think parenting one kid is hard work. More than one can mean the difference between bliss and going bonkers if you don’t use shortcuts.
What are some of the bets parenting hacks for parents of twins?
Tell your twins apart by their belly buttons or colour-coded wristbands.
All babies have differently shaped navels, almost like fingerprints. Since not all umbilical cords are cut and heal the same way, they all look different. Don’t feel bad about not being able to tell them apart. If you don’t have access to their belly buttons, deck them out with colour-coded wristbands.
Don’t go to the shops with two babies at the same time.
You’ve probably heard about how difficult it can be to go shopping with one baby. So don’t doom yourself by taking both of them to the shops. Just opt in for online shopping instead. Yes, you’re craving some interaction with the outside world, but the infancy days are not ideal for this. All good things come to those who wait. And in the meantime, you can have all your necessities delivered to your door with just the click of a button!
You can use two regular prams together to make strolling easier.
Twin prams are SUPER expensive, and it really isn’t the end of the world if you don’t own one. A great alternative lies in tying two regular strollers to each other with the help of a few cable ties. It’s one of our best parenting hacks for parents of twins, but it is temporary. Head on over to websites like OLX or even Facebook community groups to pick up a bargain second-hand twin stroller instead of using this makeshift pram for too long.
People WILL ask you if they’re twins, so be prepared with a good answer.
Aside from answering the most annoying question in the world, you’ll also need to be prepared to answer things like: “Can you tell them apart?” “Do twins run in your family?” “Are they natural?”
You really don’t need two of everything
Most folks assume that parents of twins need two pairs of everything. But that’s just not true. You only need ONE set of clothes for each twin and ONE of each toy. They’re still too young to want what their sibling has, so they really have no issue with sharing. You need ONE changing table, although you do need double the amount of nappies one standard baby requires.