Handling a Houseful

The joy experienced by the birth of a baby can be topped only by the thrills and challenges of raising multiples. Here are five ways to make managing your twins or triplets easier.

  1. Simplify Telling Your Babies Apart
  2. Don't Get Flustered During Feeding
  3. Have Fun Bathing the Babies
  4. Take Your Kids Out
  5. Don't Go It Alone

Simplify Telling Your Babies Apart

Keep the hospital identification bracelets on until a distinguishing characteristic -- a mole, a lighter or darker skin tone, a higher forehead, a unique facial expression -- becomes apparent. You might also dress each child in a different color, use ribbons or other hair ornaments or paint a toenail with polish.

Don't Get Flustered During Feeding

You can nurse your babies simultaneously or separately -- as long as you're comfortable and relaxed. Ask your doctor, nurse or lactation consultant for assistance, or phone your local La Leche League for advice or referrals.

When your babies begin solids, you might try feeding from one spoon and bowl, which can be faster and less messy than individual portions and utensils.

Have Fun Bathing the Babies

Splashing can be a great time, but you'll need a partner or a secure spot for the child or children waiting to be washed while you're attending to the other. Small babies should be bathed individually; older babies can share the same tub, but in each case it will be easier to have someone else dry and dress one child while you're on to the next. Before you begin, put out everything needed for the bath and immediately afterward -- baby soap and shampoo, towels, washcloths, diapers, clothing. Once you start, never leave your children unsupervised - a baby can drown in an inch of water.

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