Tips and Tricks to Surviving Twins
I am a twin mom of two healthy ENERGETIC boys that are just under two years old. I work full-time which adds the pressure of keeping up with being the perfect mom. On a side note, I must say that I believe going to work keeps me sane. I can actually drink a cup of coffee in peace(well, most of the time), use the bathroom when I need and walk around without two little monkeys hanging on me. I love them dearly but raising twins is the hardest thing I have ever done. I am not envious of stay at home moms and I am obviously not running for mother-of-the- year even though I must say I am a pretty good mom. In my two years of being a twin mom, there a few items and ideas I would like to pass on to my fellow mothers of multiples-to-be or current moms who welcome some new tips.
My first piece of advice is to invest in Amazon Prime. Amazon Prime is $99/year and can be canceled at anytime. Prime includes Amazon Family which can mean diaper deliveries at a 20% discount with their Subscribe and Save option. Diapers, wipes, baby food all delivered right to your door monthly at a good price. You can adjust it at any the time so your deliveries are not written in stone. You can change what you would like delivered as well as the date. I have learned that I have kept diapers and wipes on a consistent delivery schedule while other items such as baby snacks, bubble bath and other items change monthly. I found that diapers are comparable to the sale price at stores such as Target. Having twins, you realize how hard it is to just run in to the store. This was taken for granted beforehand. You must fight to get your kids into the car seat(at least in my case), drive to the store, get them out either into a stroller while pushing a cart or put both into one cart unless you are with someone and have one each in separate carts, keep them civil in the store while trying to shop then getting them back into the car, back home then get them inside while lugging in your packages. Save your energy for a different issue to tackle!
With PRIME, you get free 2-day shipping on many items as well. When having kids, this can be useful. I have needed many items quickly from new pacifiers, sunscreen to bed rails. This will save you and make it seem like you are keeping up with everything.
Tiny Bites Food Shears
I was at my cousin's house who has two kids, one the same age as my twins. We had ordered pizza, the boys favorite. It arrived and I started to cut the pizza into bites for the boys with a fork and knife. She walked away and came back with the Tiny Bites Food Shears and cut the pizza in one minute - quick and easy! I instantly bought these scissors which has been a life saver ever since. I use them to cut everything - chicken, grilled cheese, string beans, fruit, quesadillas. It makes such a different when you have hungry kids and are on the go. There is always a pair in my diaper bag. They are small, compact, made of cutlery grade stainless steel and have a protective blade cover. At the price point of $15 for two pairs, this makes this a no-brainer. I promise this will change your life.
Wubbanub Infant Pacifier
My boys used to wake up in the middle of the night because their pacifiers would fall out of their mouth. They would not be able to find the small pacifier and if they did, they did not have the ability to get it right back in their mouth. It was then that a friend gave us WubbaNubs as gifts. This saved us. They are plush toys with a hospital grade pacifier attached to it. The pacifier is made of Soothie medical grade, latex free non-toxic polyethylene pellets. The plush toy is soft, comforting and big enough for them to grab and helps them get the pacifier into their mouth. These are extremely easy to wash. They go right in the washing machine and come out practically dry. When my boys cry, I put one of these suckers in their mouth and instant silence. I told you I am not mother-of-the-year! The con of these are my boys can not live without ehese now. If we lose one in a store, it is a mission to find it because hell breaks lose when one of there beloved binky's are not on hand. We are starting to plot taking the binky's away as they are almost two years old but this will be a hard task because they truly love "ducky" and "Rafe (short for giraffe)."