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.
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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
Between the ages of one and three all toddlers will try to push their parents to the limit as they discover the world and struggle to exert their own independence. The difference for parents of twins or more is that your attention will be constantly divided whilst you battle to keep your toddlers busy and out of trouble. This makes safety during the toddler years even trickier. When you rush to the aid of one toddler who is hurt or in trouble, it often means her sister is left unattended and at risk of injuring herself.
Toys advertised as safe for toddlers can actually be dangerous for twins and multiples. Anything with string attached can be used by one toddler to strangle his brother. Pretend hammers become weapons, and even the cutest of toys, like a rocking horse, can trap little fingers.
Thinking ahead can help to pre-empt safety issues. Keep nails short and cot sides down so that your toddlers have less far to fall when they decide to climb out.
There is no such thing as a child-proof room for twin in the terrible twos. Things that may be out of reach for a single toddler might be easily grabbed by a toddler of twins because even from a very young age toddler twins will play and work together. You will need to watch them carefully and constantly whilst they explore their world. This means that you will be unlikely to give them as much individual attention as you would like, but at this age safety has to come before anything else.
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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