Newborn Baby Care. Having twins is double the work but also double
the fun, from splashing in the bath to changing their diapers.
The feeling can be overwhelming, just take one day at a time always accepting and asking for help if you need it. Even the most experienced moms can feel the pressures of caring for a newborn let alone caring for twins.
Newborn baby care and caring for preemie twins can be a totally different experience. You may have a period of time in the NICU, read more here about caring for Premature Twins
When the umbilical cord is cut after delivery (this is painless), it leaves an umbilical cord stump. This will drop off within 1 to 3 weeks. Special care is required to prevent infection.
Sometimes your doctor or midwife will swab the cord with an antiseptic after cutting the cord, helping to prevent infection.
If the belly button area starts to look red, swells or starts to weep contact your healthcare provider.They will always be there for help you with your twin newborn baby care.
Caution: Slippery when wet
When twins can sit by themselves bath time is whole different
experience. They will love to splash and play with the water and you
could add in a couple of toys and bubbles.
Planning on breastfeeding your twins?
Breastfeeding will not only save you time on sterilizing and preparing bottles but saves you money on buying formula. Breastfeeding will also help with losing your pregnancy weight and reduces the risk of postpartum depression. Like myself some women will not menstruate whilst breastfeeding, saving you further money and the hassle of getting your monthly lady friend.
Breastfed babies will less likely be obese in childhood and have a better immune system.
Or have you decided to Bottle feed your twins?
Bottle fed twins will allow your partner or other family members to help with feeding time. You could either use formula or pump your milk, this can be put in the freezer too. Here is more info on storing breast milk.
Newborn poop can vary in color from black to green and brown to yellow. Poop color and texture will come down to diet, breastfed babies will have more yellowish color and much softer then formula fed twin babes.
Tips on Diaper Changing:
The shape of your twins head will really depend on how they were delivered. If born naturally (vaginally) then the shape of each little head could be anything but perfect, don’t worry this will generally change over time with growth. Babies born via cesarean section or even born in the breech position (feet or bottom first) will have a lovely round head.
The fontanel and newborn baby care, which is the soft spot at the top of a newborns head, allows space for growing. This will eventually close anywhere between 9 and 25 months of age.
Newborn baby care - Cradle cap is common and nothing to be concerned about, sever cradle cap is very rear. One way to remedy this is to rub olive oil onto their scalp and leave it over night or 24 hours washing their hair gently. It is important not to pick or scrap at it which can cause infection.
Newborn baby care when thinking about twin’s skin can look wrinkled and red and maybe dry. My twins also had loose skin like they had to grow into it, which they did and now have lovely soft skin. A newborns skin is so soft to touch hence the saying as soft as a baby’s bottom.
I would use olive oil on our newborn twins and gentle massage it into their skin, this helps with dryness and is great bonding time that mom or dad can do. Just apart of my routine with newborn baby care.
Newborn babies often get sticky eye, gunk in their eyes. To help avoid infection my doctor advised me to squirt a bit of breast milk into the eye and massage gently in the corner (next to the nose) to get the milk in. Also you can use a wash cloth with cooled boiled water and wipe across the eye from inside (next to the nose) to out.
Click here for Twins with Jaundice Jaundice causes the skin (and sometimes the whites of the eyes) to have a yellow tinge due to excess bilirubin in the blood.
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Twin newborn baby care is an important job in raising healthy babies. Contact your healthcare provider with any concerns you may have.
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