Having a newborn is a huge adjustment for all, what about having two at the same time? Getting advice from others can be challenging if they have never had twins, nobody really knows what’s best until you have experienced it yourself. The modo goes, “No twins, no opinions.” The first 6 months is really all about schedules and staying organized just to keep your head above water. I interviewed a close friend of mine, Allison, who has given me top 5 tips to set yourself up for success with newborn twins. Alison has twin girls that are now 12 years old and she rocks being a twin mom!

1. Newborn Twins NEED the Same Schedule 

It is VERY important to keep both babies on the same schedule. This way you aren’t on repeat every single moment of the day.  

Feeding Schedule 

Make sure you are feeding both babies at the same time. You do not want to feed the babies at separate times. That will throw off everyone’s schedule and you’ll be feeding all day. Accept help from family and friends; you will need it. If breastfeeding your newborn twins, be sure to invest in a twin pillow

Sleep Schedule 

Try and do your best to put both babies down for naps and bedtime at the same time. When one wakes up for a feeding, wake up the other so that you are feeding them at the same time. I know this may seem hard, but it’s the best way to keep the newborns on the same schedule.  

2. Write Everything Down 

To stay organized with newborn twins, write everything down. This is a great way to keep track of feedings, diapers, and plan schedules for the babies. Writing things down also helps with weekly and monthly doctor checkups. When the babies are newborns, they will be going to the doctors frequently and a great way to answer the doctors questions is to go with your note pads, so you aren’t confusing each baby, or even forgetting something important. You can also keep track of everything on an app: Baby Connect.

If you prefer writing notes, keep note pads throughout your home, at feeding stations and diaper stations so it’s easy to keep track of everything. 

3. Diaper Changing Stations 

Let’s face it, with one baby there are lots of diaper changes, never mind two! Set up a few convenient spots throughout your home so when the babies need to be changed it’s convenient for you. Below are some great spots to keep a caddy filled with diapers, wipes, and diaper rash cream. All you need is a small mat or changing pad to change them on. You may even want to keep a few extra onesies around for when the baby needs to be changed. 

  • Nursery 
  • Your bedroom 
  • Family room 

4. Nursing/Bottle Feeding 

Some mothers that plan on nursing may find it easier to pump since both babies will need to eat at the same time. If nursing both babies at the same time, try and plan to have help. An extra set of hands helps in case the baby stops latching and needs to be placed back on. If you are bottle feeding, make sure you have plenty of bottles cleaned and ready to go for the day. With newborn twins you may need up to 15 bottles to get you through one day.  

5. Newborn Twins Must Haves! 

In addition to all the regular items you would have for one baby, twins need a few extra items. 

Setting yourself up for success with newborn twins can have many challenges, but remember to ask for help! Family and friends can help with feedings so you can rest, or even help with cooking and things around the house. Boston Baby Nurse & Nanny would love to be part of your support team as well. Reach out to us today about postpartum newborn services.

About The Author

Jaclyn Capilli has over 10 years experience working with children. After graduating from Curry College with her Bachelor Degree she worked as a paraprofessional in a special need’s classroom. Then while in Graduate school at Cambridge College she nannied for a local family for 3 years. After moving back to the South Shore she worked for Head Start for 5 plus years while nannying for a local family. She is now a mother of two and is working for Boston Baby Nurse & Nanny. She owns Jaclyn Nicole Photography, a photography business in the South Shore. In her free time she likes reading, going for hikes and making memories with her daughters.