Being a mum of a newborn is hard enough when you have one, but twice and three times as hard if you’ve given birth to multiples. And while things are about to get a lot more complicated when you have more than one baby to care for, there are plenty of things you can do to keep it simple.
If you have recently welcomed twins or triplets, or are due multiples in the near future, take note of the following things that will make your life a lot easier:
1. Ask only family visit
While everyone will want to get a cuddle with your babies, do limit the amount of visitors you get for the first few weeks. Ask that only family come to the house – friends will completely understand and will make do with the adorable snaps you’ll no doubt be sending them!
2. Feed how you want to feed
Breastfeeding one baby is a lot easier than two or three, and it is completely your choice if you decide to exclusively nurse or give your babies a bottle. Do what works for you – not what everyone keeps telling you to do.
3. Take a note of naps, feeds, etc.
You are guaranteed to be sleep-deprived for the first few months (or even years) of your newborns’ lives, so take a note of when each one goes down to sleep, feeds, and the number of dirty nappies they’ve had. These are the types of questions your health nurse will ask when they visit and your children can easily merge into one when you haven’t had any sleep!
4. Ask for help
No, you don’t need to do it all on your own and yes, you can ask for help. If possible, talk to family and friends about giving you a hand for a couple of hours each day, even just for the first few weeks until you get into a routine. If you don’t have anyone around, talk to your midwife or GP about getting you in touch with support services or weekly groups.
5. Borrow as much as you can
Newborns are expensive. Newborn multiples are very expensive. Try to borrow as much as you can from family and friends or go online. Always make sure whatever you buy comes with instructions, is in good quality and has passed all safety standards.