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Gearing Up For Multiples: Out and About with Babies
The early weeks at home with your multiples will be a blur of feedings, diaper changes, and naps, along with attending to your own needs. Going out of the house with more than one baby may seem overwhelming, but the right gear will make it much easier to manage appointments, go shopping, or even take a walk in the neighborhood.
A birth-to-preschool double stroller system is a valuable investment that will grow with your family. The best stroller for twins will hold two infant carseats to easily transport your newborns. Later it will convert to a standard double stroller for older babies and toddlers. The Baby Jogger City Select is a popular choice that you can customize with many features and configurations, plus an attachment for a big sibling to ride along as well.
Another option is to use a lightweight tandem stroller frame to hold your newborns’ carseats and then purchase a separate double stroller. Top picks for double strollers include the Britax B-Agile Double or Baby Jogger City Mini Double. A lightweight umbrella-style stroller, like the Maclaren Twin Techno, is great for traveling, and the BOB Revolution Duallie is a highly-rated double jogging stroller.
Wearing your babies in wraps, slings, or soft structured carriers like the ErgoBaby or Tula Baby Carrier can also be a great option. Babywearing can enhance bonding with skin-to-skin in the newborn period, soothe fussy babies while you get things accomplished, and allow the option of using a regular cart when shopping. Attending a babywearing meeting or asking your Postpartum Doula to demonstrate various holds will help you feel more comfortable with safely wearing one or two babies.
Caring for more than one infant at a time can be challenging, but choosing the right gear, setting up systems in your home, and having extra help will allow you to become a confident parent of multiples in no time. The team of Postpartum Doulas and Newborn Care Specialists at Music City Doulas is specially trained and experienced in caring for multiples, and we’re ready to support you as you welcome twins, triplets, or more!
Written by Rebecca Mills, mom of twins and postpartum doula and newborn care specialist at Music City Doulas.
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