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The Challenges Faced by Parents in Raising Twins

Every time parents are blessed with a new baby, there are new challenges to be faced. But with the coming of twins, this proves to be twice tougher than having only a single birth. However, there are things that can be done in order for parents to prepare themselves for the demands of multiple birth such as twins.

1. Parents must recognize the importance of scheduling. Proper scheduling includes getting the newborns on the same sleeping and feeding time in order to have time for other errands. This will make life easier as this challenge can be worth the time and effort if you succeed. Mothers should know that it is possible to breastfeed both babies at the same time. Aside from saving time, proper scheduling also allow the parents to work more efficiently.

2. Sharing the crib is fine for the newborns which disputes the belief that each twin should require a separate crib from birth. There is no need to separate them yet when they are able to sleep soundly in the same crib. The crib is only needed when one of them already learns to roll where there is the possibility of bumping into each other when no one is looking especially in the middle of the night.

3. Another thing to keep in mind is that though twins share a lot of similarities; they are two different individuals even if they look identical or not. They must be treated as different persons that differ in likes and dislikes. This becomes obvious as the twins grow older and it is important to distinguish them as such. It is a good idea for parents to avoid dressing them in similar outfits to start identifying them as different people from birth.

4. Another challenge that parents must face that other babies do not encounter is the risk of acquiring respiratory problems. Twins have greater chances of contracting this disease and parents should understand the development of this condition. The reason for this is that twins have lower birth weights and are born prematurely that is why they need breathing assistance early in life.

These are just some of the common ordeals that parents of twins may face as a challenge in their family living. They should be prepared for anything that may happen, though the satisfaction of raising twins can be as fulfilling as when raising just a single child.

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