7 Things You Need to Know About Raising Twins
I remember the months during our pregnancy, I would read book after book about what life was like with twins. But even after doing all of that, raising twins is such a surreal experience. Here are 7 things you need to know about raising twins!
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1. Lack of sleep
As with any baby, there will be nights of little sleep. But with twins, as you can imagine, those nights feel a little long at times. When one baby cries, they wake the other baby. You feed one baby in the middle of the night, change their diaper and lay them back in the crib. Just when you start to feed the other baby and change their diaper, the baby you just laid down starts crying. There will be lack of sleep when you’re raising twins. But you will get through it. It’s a small season.
2. Raising twins means you’re treated like a celebrity
This one is so funny to me. You will be at the grocery store and a stranger will come up to you and ask you in complete awe and shock, “Are they twins!?” I remember when our twins were one year old and we took them to the beach. We were on the boardwalk pulling our twins in the Choo choo wagon and as we passed by crowds, you could hear people say, “Wow look, they’re twins! That’s so cute!” It’s entertaining to say the least.
3. Your twins have a forever best friend
My wife and I always discuss as to what it would have been like to start with only one baby. With twins, they will always have each other’s backs. They will *hopefully* always be best of friends. My twins are almost seven years old and are so close. They hate being away from each other. Even when we spend one on one time with our kids, they will bring up the other in conversation asking me when they get to see their twin again. It’s adorable. It also helps when they are babies. They entertain each other and it allows you to take a breath.
4. It can be hard to remain equal
Sometimes when I’m out running errands, I see a small toy and I think, “My son would love that!” But then I quickly think, “If I buy something for my son, his twin sister will wonder why she didn’t get anything.” Before I know it, I’m running around the store trying to find equal gifts. Birthdays and Christmas are no exception. How many presents does each kid get? Are they of equal size? It can be hard to balance fairness when you have twins.
5. You have to take it one day at a time
Raising twins will feel overwhelming at times. It may be the lack of sleep. It may be the messy house. Or maybe it could be the fact that you are raising two little babies at one time. But my wife and I always remind each other that “this too shall pass.” There are seasons where you may feel so overwhelmed. And that’s okay. You’re doing your best. Get some rest and get ready to start a new day tomorrow. Take it one day at a time and as weird as it sounds, you will miss those days.
6. Halloween costumes can be A LOT of fun
Think about your favorite pairs. Batman and Robin. Buzz Lightyear and Woody. Ketchup and Mustard. The options are endless. Take advantage of some great halloween costumes. But be warned. When they turn five years old, they will start to reject all of your cute halloween costume ideas. My all time favorite halloween costume for our twins was back in 2018. They were two years old and my wife dressed them up as old people. They were a huge hit in our neighborhood that evening.
7. Raising twins does get easier!
I will never forget when our twins were around 8 months old. We got out of our house and went shopping together. We just had to get out and do something as a family. While we were out shopping, we ran into a family who had twins that were 10 years old. They kept telling us that it gets so much easier. We smiled, rubbed our eyes and didn’t believe them.
But I’m here to tell you that it really does get easier. You start to appreciate each stage. And when you conquer those stages like potty training or sleep training, you feel like you can absolutely do anything! It does get easier and as always, new challenges arise as your twins get older.