Getting out with Twins may seem stressful of the thought of heading out with two babies and all the things that come with them. But as they are babies, it is easier than you may think. It just requires a bit of planning and confidence you are able to do it on your own! You’ve got this! After a few outings, you’ll feel like SuperMoM! Here are a few tips before heading out the door to help you have smoother outing:
Lightweight Car Seats
Purchasing car seats that are lightweight will be of ease for you. When babies are newborns they will not weigh much but as they get bigger, carrying two heavy car seats plus two growing babies will be quite a workout! Having an easy system that will plug car seats easily will be a huge benefit as well. Having something light and compact like the Joovy Roo Plus is a perfect solution for two car seats on the go. Be sure to take babies out after 2 hours of being in a sitting position as the AAP recommends, preventing positional asphyxia.
Stocked Diaper Bag
Having a diaper bag with everything you may need when out are out and about will help in any kind of outing. I always had my bag stocked and ready to go the night before. Having it ready the night before will cut your time in the morning while trying to get everyone ready to head out. Always pack, as you will be out the whole day, even if it will be short outing. Time with Twins may be prolonged by feeds and changes. Don’t forget your cooler with breastmilk ready bottles.
Feed and go!
The best way you will have a good experience leaving your house is as soon as your babies are fed. Having a hungry baby will not be pleasant for anyone. Have everything ready, change babies (clean diaper and clothes), change yourself, align everything at the door, and then feed babies at the same time! Once they have been fed and of course burped, place them in their seats and head out. You will have a good amount of time where they will be sleeping that will allow you to accomplish an errand, until you may need to come back home or sit somewhere where you will have to feed babies again.
Witching Hour Nightmare
Most babies will have a period of time during the day where they will get fussy and nothing will soothe them. This is called the dreaded witching hour! This time is usually, but not restricted to, the hour of 4-7 pm. Leaving your house at this time may prove an uphill battle for you and for your Twins. Babies at this time should have the day coming to an end and getting into a bedtime routine. Going out will just push their routine back and may get two very cranky babies overtired!
Reduce over stimulating
As newborns, your Twins will sleep through just about anything, but as they get older they will be awake linger and more aware of their surroundings. Going into situations where babies may get startled over noises, pets, other kids or people may cause babies to get cranky really quick.
Planning for possible environments will help everyone’s response. Also, going somewhere where it may be too cold or too hot may get you cranky babies. Plan to bring blankets if the environment may get chilly or plan on cooling methods to get babies cooled down.
You are totally able to go out with Twins on your own, but if you are able to enlist a family member or a friend to go with you, it will make the outing that more enjoyable. You can also have tow carriers and each one can carry one if babies get too fussy in their car seats. Four hands are better than two! And the company is desperately welcome!
About the Author
Joanna Navarrete – TLC’s Miami Associate and mother to three beautiful children – one girl and a set of fraternal boy/girl twins. Born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, has lived in Miami for more than 17 years and is bilingual English/Spanish and a graduate from the prestigious International Maternity and Parenting Institute alongside being CPR certified. Joanna is experienced in both retail maternity and baby gear and has featured on the infamous UnNuevo Dia con Adamari Lopez as their resident ‘twin expert’. She embraced motherhood by instilling herself in every newborn facet she could find. Between classes, books, blogs and mommy groups participation she developed a broader sense, which helped her with not only her own family, but others that asked for multiples support. Vetting a passion on all types of baby gear, from strollers to pacifiers, she immersed herself in finding practical, fashionable and functionality. Alongside being an active leader in the Florida multiples groups, Joanna also is a key member of hispanic multiples communities offering an online class in Spanish once a month. You can contact Joanna at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on our Miami and Hispanic services.