Here’s how we survived the first 6 months and what made it easier. My favorite survival word: Every little thing counts.
1. Get as much sleep as you can. (When the babies are asleep, you have to take advantage of that. Go to sleep. I know, I know. You just want to watch them as they lay asleep and breathe peacefully but remember; you need all the rest you can get. They will depend on you. Your milk supply is also greatly affected by your stress level and lack of sleep. So nap with your babies. Thirty minutes to an hour is excellent. Like I said, every little thing counts.
2. Accept offers of help. It can be a family member or a friend. I am very lucky that my mom is around to help me during those times that I am not able to walk and carry my babies because of the pain from my incision site. I have my mom live with me now and it’s a huge help. Mothers are the best. Proven and tested!
3. Multiple baby showers. I have so many friends and family members that I had 3 baby showers. Yes. Three. Take advantage of that. Every little thing counts. We never had to buy diapers for 5 months. I still have boxes of diapers but they are still too big for them.
4. Accept hand-me-downs from friends and family and buy pre-owned items especially baby gears and clothing. Of course you have to make sure they are clean before using them. They grow up so fast and next thing you know; they are one size bigger and it’s time to buy new clothes again. There is nothing wrong with it. Being frugal means being smart. There are more important things to put your money into like saving for college or paying for a baby-sitter.
5. Get as much freebies as you can. I saved whatever coupons and discounts I got from my pediatrician’s office. They give out magazines with coupons on it. Also sign up for Birth and Baby Fairs in your surrounding area.
6. Drink plenty of water. It keeps you hydrated which helps in milk production. Remember, you are feeding two little cuties. We need all the milk we need. If you have to pump, save every drop. Like I said, every little thing counts. Put the extra milk in the freezer and refrigerate any leftovers. Here are some tips to store breast milk.
7. Time management. This is the hardest part especially if you have to go back to work. I had to go back to work 2 months after giving birth. Yes! 2 months. The guilt is true. It’s there. I felt guilty that I had to go back t work instead of taking care of them but I needed to go back because we were on the process of buying our first home. My husband took Paid Family Leave for 1 month. I believe every state has its own version of PFL. We all want to breastfeed our babies because most women believe it makes the bond stronger but we have to manage our time. There are plenty of ways to bond with babies. I pumped milk while at work and feed them through bottle at the same time. That’s about 20- 30 minutes I saved if I didn’t have to breastfeed one at a time. I used nursing pillows to prop them up when tandem- feeding. This saves you some energy from carrying them and keeps them more comfortable during feedings. Putting them in the same schedule as much as possible is the key. Bathe them in the tub right after another. This will save time gathering all the bathing accessories over again. Color- code your babies’ belongings or mark each item with their names on it. It’s easier to find stuff that way.
8. Invest in Twin baby gears. Trust me. It makes life easier like taking the babies with you so you could get your grocery shopping done. My friends were kind enough to pitch in and bought us Contours Options Elite tandem stroller and let me tell you. It’s perfect for my babies. It has 7 seating configurations and it is compatible with 10 different car seat brands. The Contours Options Elite easily folds and auto locks with both seats attached.
Baby swings are going to be your best friend. It helps soothe your baby to sleep and entertain them too. We have the Ingenuity InLighten Cradling Swing & Rocker and they absolutely love it.
There are a lot of things that has helped us survive the first 6 months and these are some of them. If you have any questions, please connect with me and I will try my best to answer it. Thanks.
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