Monday, June 25, 2012

For MoMs by MoMs-Questions Answered

Today is another link up with my MoM (moms of multiples) friends (Heather, Amanda, Jennifer & Megan). This week is is answering some questions that fellow MoMs posted. I have picked a few to chime in on from our experience.

How to get babes this young not to bite?
This is a big issue we are dealing in our house right now too. I just did a post about this last week seeking advice. We are popping their mouth and telling them NO when we catch them, but sometimes they are just too sneaky. I have had many tell me they had to resort to biting their child so they would learn it was wrong. We are not to that point yet, but I won't say anything is off the table if this continues. Also a girl in my MoM group recommended a book Teeth are not for biting. Good luck and let me know if you have any good ideas about this.

Did you have any ideas on the personalities of your twins, and if so were you correct? Mine seem so different already.
I think they definitely seemed different on the inside and they have continued with that trend out here as well. Jackson is my easy going and Riggs was crazy from the get go. However about a year I felt like they had a shift and Riggs mellowed a lot. It is so fun to see their difference and love them for the individual they are!

Did you sleep train? If so, when did you start?
We did not do a specific sleep training system as they came home pretty trained from the NICU. However when things did get crazy and J was not sleeping well or through the night once he was able we finally did 2 nights of CIO around 6 or 8 months. I know that is a personal decision for everyone but it was worth it to us. It only lasted a night or two and we all have gotten a lot more sleep because of this decision. Babies are creatures of habit and I felt like by getting him up when he cried we were enabling him to continue this bad habit. Worked for us but I know it is not for everyone.

I've been crazy researching strollers. Which ones do you guys have and what are so me of the pros and cons?
 I love love my City Mini! We researched this subject a ton as well and knew it was something we wanted to invest in. We found many recommended the side by side for twins since they would both want the same view long term-I agree with this and I am so glad we went this route. We did have a double snap 'n go for the first few months and I would recommend starting their to any mom of twins, I could not imagine having to get them out of their carriers when they were little. The City Mini is super easy to use, very streamlined for a side by side and it folds like nothing you have ever seen and is so thin when folded. We acutally were thinking about selling our CM for a BOB so we had something more all terrain but after test driving the BOB yesterday, I know I could not use that as my dad to day after having the CM. I felt like the price was good for the quality, not cheap but not crazy expensive like some. Go to BuyBuyBaby and try some out you will know what you like best by seeing how they all work!

How do you balance treating your twins fairly with treating them as individuals with individual needs?
I think at this age it is not a huge issue but is definitely something I already think about as they get older. It is important to remember they are individuals and to treat them as such. They are special because they are twins but they are special because of the individual they are as well and it will be important for us to make them feel as such. I don't see this being a huge issue for us since I have boy/girl twins but could see it being a bigger challenge with same gender twins especially if they are identical!

1 comment:

Jenn said...

Ok what is CIO? I don't know what it stands for and I'm always intrigued to see what works for others...I have adopted baby wise principles with a of my kids but you never know when something might go astray...twins have been lots more challenging based on my singleton. Please let me know. Jenedwade@gmail