Double Duty in the First Two Months: Making Life Easier for Mom
The best thing you can to do is to get them into a routine or schedule of doing everything at the same time.
When you bring your twins home from the hospital, you may feel a little overwhelmed; this really goes without saying. Chances are your twins are a bit smaller than the standard baby, and their needs, especially feeding, will be more encompassing in the first few weeks. While most babies need to eat every 3-4 hours, twins will need to eat around every hour and a half in the very beginning; this is often complicated by the fact that many twins born a few weeks early, and babies born a few weeks early usually do not have properly developed sucking muscles, therefore, special attention will be required during feedings.
You, like most other mothers of twins, will have tons of help in the immediate days and weeks following birth. However, after the 3 to 4 week mark, your twins are no longer an event to everyone else, and you will, at some point, find yourself caring for them alone! Stay calm, and realize right now that the first month or two with your twins, is the easiest you will ever have it!
One person can effectively care for newborn twins. The best thing you can to do is to get them into a routine or schedule of doing everything at the same time. Feed them bottles at the same time, give their baths one right after the next, and even do diaper changes in tandem. If one baby wakes up to feed at 2:00 am and the other seems peaceful, wake the other up anyways and give him a bottle. By doing everything at the same time, you will actually be giving yourself more time to rest — ensuring that you won't spend 24 hours a day tending to a newborn. If there is any advice a new mom of twins MUST follow, this tidbit is IT! Maintain a consistent and simultaneous schedule of everything for both babies.
The easiest way to bottle feed or nurse two babies at once is to sit in a full-sized recliner that has arms (as cute as the nursery rockers and gliders are, they are just too small for a mother of twins). Put one in each arm and prop them up using your arms, wrapping your hand around their head to hold the bottle. At first, this may seem cumbersome, but in a few days, you will be a pro. When one needs a burp, simply dislodge both from eating, and burp them one right after the other. Chances are you will have one twin that is a gulper while the other one can barely stay awake during the feeding. When it's over, you will have time to hold and rock two sleeping angels, and when you are ready you can transport them to the crib to sleep. Guess what? After that you get to enjoy some time for yourself!