Tips for New Parents

  • Establish a list of priorities. Babies’ needs will head the list, including feeding, bathing, cuddling, and sleeping. Rest for you should be high on the list as well.
  • Use a chart to see at a glance who has been cared for and at what time.
  • Accept all offers of help from anyone.
  • Treat your babes as individuals. Avoid referring to them as “the twins” or “the triplets”. Instead, use their given names.
  • Be sure to take photos of each child separately for the time when on will ask for a “picture of me”.
  • Use care in selecting toys. As your babies grow, play becomes serious business. Toys that are suitable for singletons can become weapons when there are two of more. As the children get older, try to choose different toys for each to encourage sharing.
  • Build a special one-to-one relationship with each child. Multiples may develop a special bond between them. Raise them as individuals, but allow them to maintain this bond. Your children may talk to each other in a language only they can understand. Don’t be upset by the “twintalk” as most outgrow it.
  • Speak clearly and read aloud to you multiples. Reading Stimulates speech development and lays a foundation for literacy.
  • Take walks with your babies. Getting out of the house may be a morale booster for you.
  • If you are returning to work soon after the babies are born, look for a sitter who will understand the needs of caring for “more than one”.