Twins: 8 survival strategies for new parents

1. Get Help

Most families need regular outside help with twins during the first year. Set this up ahead of time if you can. You can get help from people you trust and get along with, such as:

  • Relatives-older children, parents, sisters, brothers
  • Friends
  • Neighborhood children 10- to 12-year olds
  • Teenagers
  • College students
  • Housekeeper or live-in help

And you might be able to trade services with friends. Remember outside help doesn't always have to cost money. Call your county health and social services departments and ask what in-home services are available for families with new babies. (Programs differ from county to county.)

2. Get Rest

The first months can seem very long because the babies' schedule won't let you get enough sleep. Rest whenever you can. You can use earplugs to sleep while someone else takes care of the babies. This may mean your house is not as clean as it was before twins. But remember, the more rest you get, the better you'll be able to take care of your babies-and yourself.

3. Organize your House

Before the babies arrive, get your house ready for them:

  • Put the baby clothes and equipment where you plan to use them. You may want to have more than one changing area in the house.
  • Set up a place where the babies can be left safely alone, in portacribs or playpens, on the rug in a circle of pillows, on a blanket on the floor or in an area closed off by a gate.
  • Make the care of your house and your clothes as simple as possible.
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