Twin Parenting Dilemmas
Issues and Choices for Parents of Twins
By Twins & Multiples Expert, Prindle Fierro
Parenting is full of tough choices. In the twins community, there are several parenting issues that create dilemmas. Parents want to do the best thing for their children, but sometimes there is not a clear choice. With multiples, parents have additional factors to consider; cost, convenience and sheer logistics sometimes dictate decisions. Here are ten of the biggest dilemmas faced by parents of twins and multiples. Click the links for more resources to help you make decisions about each issue.
Cloth or Disposable Nappies: LOTS of nappies are used by parents of multiples. When you're going to change something that often (think 8-10 times per day ... PER BABY), you've got to put some thought into what product to use. There are plenty of reasons to recommend both cloth and disposable products, and each family has to choose based on their own arrangement of priorities, from cost to convenience to conscience. Read more
Feed on Demand or Schedule: The majority of parents of twins will say that a schedule is the secret to saving their sanity. Feeding, changing, bathing and putting down both babies at the same time lends a structure to the days, and some parents even claim that it helps them get more sleep. But some parenting experts encourage feeding babies on demand rather than setting a schedule. How do you figure out what works best for your family? Read more
Choosing Names: It can be difficult to select a name for just one baby, but when your'e choosing for twins or multiples, parents must also consider how the names work in combination. Choosing names is one of the first decisions make for their babies, and one with a lifetime of consequences. Rhyming names? Matching first initials? Coordinating or theme names? Read more
What type of Stroller to Buy? A good double stroller is a must to get from place to place with young twins to another. There is no one perfect stroller model - if there was, everyone would own it! Instead, there are a variety of models and styles, including tandem double strollers (with the seats arranged front to back) and side-by-side models with seats next to each other. Heavier duty models may last longer, but they can also be hard to maneuver and too bulky to fit in the back of the car. Streamlined strollers may not hold up to the extra weight of transporting twins. With strollers costing hundreds of dollars, it's important for parents to give careful consideration before purchasing this important piece of twin equipment. Read more
To dress them the same or not: Each family will have to decide for themselves about their stance on dressing twins alike. It's incredibly cute to see two twins dressed in matching outfits. But it is harmful? Some argue that it damages twins' individuality. It certainly can make it more difficult to tell identical twins apart. And from a practical standpoint, it's not always feasible. What do you do when one baby spits up on their outfit -- do you change both? Read more
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