Tracking with Twins

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Posted by vera | Posted in Parenting, Twin Baby Shower | Posted on 15-08-2013

logoToday’s blog post is shared courtesy of Lynda P. Haddon, Multiple Birth Educator and creator of the recently released Jumelle app for multiple births.

For parents of newborn twins, triplets, quadruplets, quintuplets or even just two babies close together, many recognize the necessity need of a record of who did what and when and for how long.  Parents need to keep track of number of dirty diapers, feeding habits and duration, naps and bedtimes.   

The more children in the multiple-birth set, the more important accurate tracking becomes.  

Careful recording of each babies’ habits ensures that sleep-deprived parents are quickly on top of any issues with marginal room for error. Tracking minimizes the chances of guesswork: I know someone missed a bowel movement today but which one?

Medicating the Right Twin

An additional important issue to keep track of is if one, more or all infants are receiving medications or even vitamins.  Did I or didn’t I? and which one?  It could be dire if a baby received two doses of medication in error.  Remove the guesswork, anxiety, possible overlap and potential mistakes by keeping a recording schedule.   

Keeping Track Helps the Sitter, Too

A tracking schedule can be very helpful to other caretakers (grandparents, family members, friends, nannies) who come into the house to assist with baby care.  The formal record quickly identifies which baby may be facing a challenge, e.g. constipation, and allows the caregivers to step in a timely fashion to help rectify the situation.

Include the Essentials 

There are a couple of ways to keep track of which baby did what.  Parents may wish to include:

  • dirty diapers/wet diapers
  • breastfeeding [left/right breast]
  • duration of breastfeeding, or quantity consumed, if bottle feeding
  • time and duration of nap [morning and afternoon]
  • bedtime [duration of sleep time]
  • medications/vitamins given
  • teething issues 

Hard Copy or Electronic Tracking?

 Some families like to create a paper printout of a spreadsheet or chart “Birth and Beyond” Class and post it nearby.  Others prefer to track using an excel sheet on their laptops or an app on their tablet.  (One example of the latter is the newly released Jumelle, created by prenatal instructor and mother of twins, Lynda Haddon.)

Whatever your preference, keeping a record of each baby’s teething issues, feeding habits, fevers, and milestones can help you manage with newborn twins, triplets or more, and keep schedules a little more under control.

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