Are you expecting twins? Designing a nursery for twins will be one of the most fun parts of your twin pregnancy. However, there are a few things you need to prep for your newborn twins that you may not have thought about. Here are a few tips from our friends at Twiniversity, the twin experts.
Plan to anchor all furniture to the walls before the twins are even born. Trust me, you will thank me for this! Getting this out of the way before delivery day will allow you to set it and forget it. Once your twins are on the move, it's one less thing you have to worry about. Be sure to also anchor lower furniture, such as dressers. You'd be amazed how easy it is for two toddlers to pull over furniture when they work together.
Since you’re buying multiples of everything, it pays to get more bang for your buck. Many great crib mattresses are ‘2-stage,’ meaning they can be used from infant to toddler, usually as simply as flipping it over after your baby turns one year old. Oh, and don’t forget to protect that investment with a crib waterproof mattress cover.
You are about to give birth to two different people. Even if you're having identical twins, there's a good chance your twins will have a weight discordance at some point in their first year. Purchase an extra large diaper basket that's big enough to hold two different sizes of diapers at once, just in case your twins are ever in different sizes for a while.
Plan for some lighting in the room that will allow you to navigate their room in the dark while they're sleeping, but won't wake them up. A strategically positioned night light should do the trick to make sure you don't stub your toe on a crib on your way out the door.
You may not always have time to keep a detailed journal of every milestone for each twin, but you will definitely want to save specific mementos, such as hospital bracelets, clothing, coming home outfits, etc. for each child. Make a box for each of them. It may help to keep a shoebox for smaller items within a large plastic bin to hold everything you want to save.
Let Alexa keep you company during all of those late nights with your infant twins. Install a smart speaker in their bedroom, such as an Amazon Echo or Google Home. It can play music, answer your questions, and even play games with you while you're serving the 16th bottle of the day. Even better, ask Alexa to read you, "What To Do When You're Having Two" by Natalie Diaz, founder and CEO of Twiniversity, the #1 global resource and support network for parents of twins.
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Now reaching over 2 million families a year in over 150 countries, Twiniversity is the largest global resource for all things “twinnie”. With worldwide recognition in her field, Founder Natalie Diaz brings her twin parenting expertise to their online resource, including parent to parent forums, live and online expecting twins classes, social media channels, and her bestselling book “What To Do When You’re Having Two“, the #1 bestseller on Amazon for Twins & Multiples Parenting.
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