Think you might be expecting twins? Find out the differences to expect from a multiple pregnancy, including bump size and weight gain.
Worried about your multiple pregnancy? Find out about the pregnancy complications you might face when carrying twins, triplets, or more.
Are you expecting twins? Learn the symptoms of premature labour and find out about pre-term birth in this short film.
Are you expecting twins? Find out the options for your labour and when a vaginal birth is recommended for twins.
Click here to learn about the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) and why your twins or triplets may need neonatal care.
Dr Carol Cooper shares her advice on how parents can stay involved in their babies’ care whilst in the SCBU
Is it really possible to breastfeed triplets? Dr Carol Cooper explains how you can make breastfeeding triplets work.
Should I feed my twins one at a time or both together? Is breast or bottle best? Dr Carol Cooper shares advice to guide you on how to feed your twins.
Will I have time to bond with each of my babies? Dr Carol Cooper offers practical advice on bonding with multiples.
Struggling to cope with crying babies? Dr Carol Cooper offers practical advice and answers why do babies cry?
Is the guidance for weaning twins and triplets different from the advice given for one baby? Find out from Dr Carol Cooper here.
How can I make sure my twins or triplets develop their own identities? Get tips for creating seperate identities for your twins from Dr Carol Cooper.
Why are my toddlers always getting into trouble? Find out about the terrible twos for twins and multiples here.
Potty training can instil dread into the parents of single toddlers, so how do parents of multiples cope? Find out here how to potty train twins and multiples.
Why are my twins naughtier than their friends? Find the answers from Dr Carol Cooper in this short film.
In the following short film Dr Carol Cooper explains some of the factors that lead to poor language development in twins and multiples. Also in this section, learn what you can do to encourage speech development and when to seek help.
How do I choose a good preschool for my twins? Dr Carol Cooper explains what to look for in preschools for twins.
Are you trying to decide whether to place your twins in separate classes at school? Dr Carol Cooper can help
Bonding with your babies may not be as instant as you dreamed it would be. There is no need to feel alarmed or disheartened if this is the case. After all, your attention is divided between your newborn babies which means you physically will not be able to give the same amount of cuddles and eye contact compared to parents with just one baby.
Your twins, triplets or quads may also need special care after they are born, which means they are spending time away from you in a neonatal unit.
One way to enhance your bonding for you and your partner is to make it as easy as possible to tell your babies apart. It won’t take long for you to get to know your babies and to know at a glance which one is which, but in the very early days it may take time to identify each baby; after all, you have just gone through labour, birth, and the sleep deprivation which comes with feeding more than one baby through the night.
Here are some quick ways to tell your babies apart:
- Different coloured blankets
- Different coloured clothes
- Different soft toy
- A short coloured ribbon on the cot handle
Bonding may take longer for parents of twins or more, but it will happen. Make use of any and all help offered so that you can spend as much time as possible with each baby individually.
Dr Carol Cooper, GP
Author of Twins and Multiple Births
All information used in this article was sourced from:
Cooper, C., 2004. Twins and Multiple Births. 2nd ed. Chatham: Vermilion
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