17 Foolproof Life Hacks for Raising Twins

Written by Kasey Fleisher Hickey on July 1, 2016

1. Use one crib for as long as you can (i.e., until they start batting at each other).

two twins in a crib

2. Embrace “gender-neutral” colors if you have boy/girl twins, to get the most out of those onesies.

gender neutral clothes

3. Get multiple sound machines: sleep sheep, iPad, and a white noise machine.

sleep sheep

4. Strategically place said sounds machines around their room to drown out sounds and crying.

crying kids

5. Schedule. Schedule. Schedule.

mom with calendar

6. Cry it out. It’s not really a choice, or you’re going to cry it out.

frustrated mom crying

7. Make sure you have two of everything in each room: diapers, burp cloths, wipes, etc.

two of everything

8. Put changing stations (and diaper pails) on all floors in your house.

kids separated by stairs

9. Invest in a really good breast pump and bottles.

mom and breast pumps

10. Lightweight baby carriers will help you get out the door for a quick stroll or cup of coffee.

mom holding twins

11. Get self-swinging and self-rocking chairs. Let’s face it. You can’t do everything at the same time.

self-swinging chairs

12. Put a bouncy chair — or two — in the living room and near the kitchen.

bouncy chair

13. Make sure you have an endless supply of wipes, diapers, and formula, because you’re going to run out faster than you ever imagined.

endless linens

14. Try a canvas backpack instead of a diaper bag. It’s cheaper and more convenient!

canvas backpack

15. Get an on-the-go formula dispenser for when you only have one hand to make the bottles.

formula dispenser

16. Schedule “me time” for meditation, yoga, or anything that lets you relax and recalibrate.

mom at park

17. Find a go-to twin mom you can call in the middle of the night for advice. Because most people just won’t understand.

twin moms
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