(I started writing this last week. Just sat down to finish.)
I’ve had several people comment, email & tweet wanting to know what our current schedule and routine looks like.
I’ll put our basic routine and then list some specifics and such at the bottom.
Between 6am & 7am the babes wake to eat. Brent is still home, but getting up for work soon, so he helps. We head to the nursery and he un-swaddles, checks diapers and hands me each baby to nurse. This takes about 15-30 minutes. They really don’t nurse for all too long. We burp, check diapers and put back down. I think we will probably start having some play time after this feeding soon. Right now, most days, they act like they are sleepy and just want to go back to bed and it’s still dark.
I am nursing both babies at the same time, most of the time. I was going to include a picture of my set-up as far as pillows and such, but I will another day. If Brent is here, I’ll sit in the chair with the EZ 2 Nurse pillow. If I’m here alone, I sit in the floor with that pillow and a few others…along with the bounce and boppy lounger close by.
9am -Head to nursery and open the blinds and curtains. Wake babies to eat (un-swaddle, get cute smiles, rub on bellies 🙂 We eat, do tummy time, play, change diapers, etc. They are up for about a full hour before trying to doze off. I put them back down for nap by about 10-10:15.
12pm – Repeat above – Wake babies to eat. We eat, do tummy time, play, change diapers, etc. They are up for about a full hour before trying to doze off on their tummies. I put them back down for nap by about 1-1:15.
3pm – Repeat above – Wake babies to eat. We eat, do tummy time, play, change diapers, etc. They are up for about a full hour before trying to doze off on their tummies. I put them back down by about 4-4:15
Time changes a little here as we are preparing for the evening and bedtime.
5:30 – Wake babies to eat. We eat, do tummy time, play, change diapers, etc. They are up for about a full hour before trying to doze off on their tummies. They are back down by about 6:30.
7:45 – Wake the babies. First, bath time. We start their water. I was giving them breastmilk bottles for their bedtime feeding. Some days we do that or some days I just nurse them. Brent usually starts the bath stuff about 7:40 and if we are doing bottles, I get those ready. We wake one baby and get their booty area cleaned and take to bathroom. We keep a car seat (with towel in it) in the bathroom during bath time in case we have to set one in while transitioning another. While one is in the bath, we get the other woke up and cleaned up for their bath. Once baby is bathed, whoever didn’t give the bath gets the babe and takes to nursery then gets the other babe and takes to the person bathing.
After their bath, we head directly back to the nursery. We dim the lights (dimmers are awesome) and we put diapers on. Sometimes we play music or sing songs. It all depends on how hungry they are. Sometimes they are really hungry after bath and they want their milk milk right away. We keep things calm and peaceful. As soon as they are done eating, burp, change and put down for bed.
They are usually down by about 8:30 right now. Since they are doing good growing and eating, we aren’t waking them during the night for feeds, but they are waking us when hungry. We just want them to eat at the same time and go for a good stretch as part of getting to no night feedings. The goal is to get them to sleep until 2am. They are getting close. Sloane has slept the past few nights until 2am without a peep. Knox will wake about 1am. When he woke, we went in and soothed him for about 30 seconds. By soothing, we rub with hand while they are in crib, re-adjust their position or give paci. We gave him a paci and he slept until 1:30. At 1:30 he cried out again and I’m not sure if the paci fell out then or earlier but we repeated and he went right back to sleep. We really only let them cry about for about 2 or 3 minutes, but usually not that long if it’s a really hard or loud cry because we’ve learned that can wake the other babe. At 2am that night, Sloane woke then we woke Knox and fed them both. (Since I wrote this, they are close to 2:30 now:)
We are still working to determine what is best for the early morning. They are waking between 5am-7am. Knox seems to be waking sooner. No matter what, we want to start the day with a 9am breakfast feed.
SO! We are getting there! Things change as the babes change, but we just adjust things!
Having a schedule for twins is essential in our eyes. Otherwise, I think we would be juggling babies, sleep times, feedings and so forth. This way, they do everything, relatively, at the same time. If I need to plan to go to a doctor appointment for myself, I know when a good time to be. Of course, I know we will have off days, but I feel relaxed knowing a schedule and routine. Again, I can contribute most of this encouragement to Moms On Call, which I explained some here.
A few things…….
– The hardest part about nursing them at the same time is burping them once they are finished. Since Knox has some reflux and is smaller than Sloane, it’s not as easy to maneuver him around. It’s hard to burp one and not mess the other one up while they are nursing. If Sloane finishes first, I sit her in the boppy lounger or bouncer and let Knox finish. When he is done, I hold him upright on the nursing pillow..wait about 30 seconds and then burp him. Once he’s done, I’ll put him on the longer or bouncer and get her up to burp. I have noticed she has gotten better at burping on her own. Not sure if that’s a good thing or not. But I will hear her burp once or twice during tummy time.
-I’m not always precise on time, but try to not go over by about 15 minutes (unless we aren’t home and it’s gone about 30.) If I go past 15-30 minutes from waking them during day naps, they will start waking on their own because they know it’s time to eat.
-We try to do most naps in the crib, but not always. Last night, after Brent got home from work and we did the 5:30 feeding, for playtime and nap time, we loaded the babes up and went for a walk in the neighborhood. When we got back home, we let them finish their nap in the car seat before waking them for their bath. Sometimes, they nap in our arms 🙂
– If we go to lunch or dinner, we try to go during a nap. Otherwise, we will run the risk of me having to nurse on the road.
– So far, I’ve only nursed at home and at the ped’s office in the room. I did one at a time instead of both at the same time.
– We swaddle during all sleep times in the blanket only. The babes seem to be hot natured. Since it’s getting colder at night, we will probably put on a onesie or something soon.
– They usually don’t wake one another if one is crying and the other isn’t, though I think that’s starting to change a bit.
– Knox is our mover and he is moving 180 degrees and times. He also bangs Sloane’s head sometimes, causing her to wake.
– We will probably start putting one on one end of the crib and one at the other…before moving them to each have their own crib.
– I think they are so sweet sleeping close together, but we have to do what’s best for them and their rest.
– We introduced bottles early on. We’ve tried the Born Free and Gerber First Essentials and right now, prefer the Gerber with flesh tone, latex n*pples. Sloane didn’t have great rhythm at first, but the last time we used a bottle, it seemed to be better. We did bottles to help make sure they were getting full at the dinner, bedtime and middle of the night feedings. Often, I would nurse and we would do bottle “toppers” after to make sure they were full. I’ve slowly tapered these down over the past week because of Knox’s relfux. They seem to be doing fine without.
– When they are wanting/needing more milk, they nurse for longer. They might not always get what they want/need during that feeding, but by nursing longer, they notify my body to start producing more for the next feeding.
– Occasionally, I will pump after I nurse to help the production.
– I always pump after the 6am feeding and the bedtime feeding. I’m going to start pumping some after the dinner feeding so they will have plenty for the bedtime feeding.
– We let them try formula early on in case I needed/wanted to supplement during any feedings. They seem to do fine with it, though we can tell they don’t like it quite as much as their milk milk. It’s really nice to know they will take both.
– Play time consists of me (and brent or grandparent if here) holding and talking to the babes, singing, reading a book, taking pictures, etc.
– We’ve only used the Mamaroo and swing a handful of times. The Mamaroo seems to swallow the babes. I’m not sure if they just aren’t big enough yet or what. If there were going to be in it a longer period of time, I’d probably do some padding with blankets. They both have been in the swing once or twice each and seem to really like it. We have theFisher-Price My Little Snugabunny Cradle ‘n Swing
– Sloane is ready for size 1 diapers, but still hasn’t had a blowout in a newborn. Knox is fitting okay in the newborn still. As far as what we use….we use them all! I ordered Pampers & Seventh Generation newborns off Amazon. We were gifted some Huggies. We didn’t want to be wasteful, so we are using what we have. Pampers is our preference. Brent doesn’t like Huggies newborns at all. The Seventh Generation are perfectly fine, but we don’t use them for the over night periods. I have heard that Huggies size 1 are good though and we have been gifted some of those, so we will try those out.
– I thought I would count and document diapers, but I haven’t.
– Sometimes, during the hour they are up at one time, we will change each babe three times, depending on what we “hear” and then find, haha.
Their playtime together is ridiculously cute 🙂 This picture was from today before we changed, swaddled and put them back down for their nap…
I can’t believe they are almost seven weeks old! This picture was probably the second or third day they were home.
Sweet loves 🙂