10 Time Saving Tips for Parents of Twins {+ More}

10 Time Saving Tips for Parents of Twins {+ More}

When we became parents for the first time, it was to our twins. My husband and I were literally thrown into a long journey of the unknown…literally, because our girls were diagnosed with TTTS and we had to fight to save their lives. Fast forward to their birth and arrival home, we were like deer in headlights. There was no parent, no book, and no website that could have prepared us for the every 2 hour feedings, both with breastfeeding and then supplementing with formula to get in some extra calories. Nothing could have prepared us for the amount of clothes we would wash, dry and fold each week. Even more, nothing could have prepared us for the sheer time it would take to get anything done…from waking, dressing and feeding them, to packing the diaper bag, to getting them strapped into their seats, and the list goes on! Did we mention the number of diapers in any given day? Yeah, we know you understand. Now, after twins and two more along the way, we’ve learned a thing or two about parenting and time management. If you’re a twin parent who feels like you’re drowning, I offer you a few tips to save a little time, and most importantly, your sanity!

  1. If you’re planning to breastfeed, work with a lactation consultant to get your milk coming in as soon and as well as possible. This is not something you want to stress over…use their expert advice to help you on your way. If you’re planning to formula feed, that’s okay, too! Just plan to make your formula ahead of time, like one whole day’s worth in a pitcher that can be poured from the refrigerator when needed. 2 bottles every 2 hours equals a lot of time in the kitchen!
  2. Use products to support you in your decision to feed {whether that’s by breast or bottle}. If you plan to breastfeed, invest in a good twin feeding pillow like the TwinZ or another from My Brest Friend. These pillows offer great support for feeding both babies at a time. If you decide to bottle feed, explore Table for Two’s feeding recliner that is great for bottle feeding, but even for feeding those first solids. You can truly nap while they nap when done!
  3. Feed, bathe, change, lie them down — all at the same time! I learned really early on that it I wanted to get anything else done in a day, I would have to multi-task on a whole new level. My girls were fed at the same time, even if one was sleeping. I woke them both up, fed them, changed them, and put them back down to sleep. If you have any hopes of creating a schedule for your twins and family from the beginning, you’ll see that consistency and doing things at the same time or at least as back-to-back as possible will make this transition much easier for everyone involved.
  4. Get organized. When the babies are small, it’s so hard to keep track of who peed and pooped when, how many times in a day, who ate how much and of what, and the list goes on. This proves even more difficult if and when they get sick. Make a handy chart with the number of rows for however many children you have, with columns for diaper changes, food amounts, medicine type, and dosages. Frame it and use a dry erase marker to label their names in the rows, adding check marks, medicine brand (i.e. Tylenol), and dosage amounts when and where appropriate. This totally takes the guesswork out of it, and becomes an even bigger helper if you have others helping take care of your children while you’re out of the home.
  5. Have a diaper changing station on each floor of your house that you physically move around in {no need in the basement if you’re never down there}. I can’t tell you how crazy it was to be ready to change diapers only to realize that the wipes or diaper rash cream, or some other necessary item was all the way upstairs in the nursery. When you’re home alone with your twins, save yourself the running by being prepared on all levels.
  6. Keep your diaper bag stocked. When you return from an outing, go ahead and replenish whatever you used. From diapers and wipes, to changes of clothes, sippy cups and snacks, make sure you have everything you need. When you’re ready to go, your bag will be ready, too!
  7. Keep spare supplies in the car. Sure, you think your spouse restocked the diaper bag only to arrive for a playdate for your twins and realize that you are out of wipes. This is where a handy car organizer for the trunk comes in. Usually with at least 2 compartments, this helped me to keep an extra stash of diapers, wipes, clothes, and even a first aid kit in case of an emergency. There’s nothing like having to leave a playdate, restaurant, or other outing because one twin puked up his lunch, ruining his outfit, with nothing to change into. Trust me…keep an organizer in the car and keep it all together!
  8. Wake a little earlier than the kids. I know, this sounds awful. We all need our sleep and know that moms get so little. However, it gets easier as they start sleeping more. By waking 15-30 minutes before the kids, this allows you a little time to yourself, to slowly awaken to a new day. It’s a great time for your coffee, for meditation or prayer, or even for a quick workout. Believe me, these few minutes to yourself will feel like a true gift once everyone starts stirring and your day is off full speed ahead!
  9. Prepare things in advance. This can be as simple as laying out clothes and shoes the night before (for both you and the kids), to having your list of “to-dos” for the next day made, and even meal planning to make grocery shopping and meal preparation a breeze. If you get really good at this, you’ll be grocery shopping once per week and meal prepping on the weekend so that you have healthy, easily made options for your family throughout the week.
  10. Let them take the lead. Literally, if you’re busy doing one thing and your child(ren) are asking you to do something else, if they are old enough, it might be time to give them a little responsibility and freedom. Encourage them to make their beds and get ready all by themselves (this is where laying out clothes the night before can help, too). If you’re preparing breakfast or another meal, keep their snacks and cups handy and easily accessible so that they can help themselves (within reason, of course!). If you’re doing laundry, it’s time to teach them how to sort and perhaps even put their things away. All of these little chores really add up over time and as they get older, will help you even more around the house.

Life with twins is certainly a full speed roller coaster most days, so use these time-saving tips to enjoy the ride as much as possible!

Talitha McGuinness
Authored by: Talitha McGuinness

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