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  1. Hi @NickyT and welcome to Twin Club! 🙂 Sorry to hear you're finding it hard at the moment and I can only imagine how frustrating the new rules must be again - no more household visits is that right? Basically that translates to a lack of grandparents/friends helping out I guess? It must have been really tough with newborns, ours were just under 1 when lockdown kicked in initially and we definitely found it really tough when we were used to having a reasonable amount of help - it just felt like never having a break. 😞 Just remember it will start to get a bit easier as they g
  2. Glad to hear it's at least a little better now! How is she with other people? I guess it's probably not helpful at the moment that you can't see too many 😔
  3. @Breffni hope you're ok, just thought I'd stop by and see how you were doing? Any progress with the sleep?
  4. Hi @Lynsey nice to hear from you! Agreed it has been full on! Have you/partner been furloughed or have you been working through it? I had a few weeks where @Issy was still working but we had no childcare so I had to try and watch all three girls whilst working from home for a couple of days a week.... Nightmare!
  5. Hi everyone, @Issy and I just wanted to say hello to some of the new members we've had sign up recently! @ALVAREZ @Lynsey @Jodie @Jen @Louise Noble @Larkisia Welcome to all of you! 😀 Please don't be shy - stick a post up to say hello and introduce yourselves, we'd love to hear about your twins/expectant twins and hear about how you're all doing with the current situation. We've been stuck inside with our twins for nearly 6 weeks now (I think??) and even celebrated their first birthday under lockdown... 😢🎉 How has it been for all of you?
  6. Hi @MumOf4 sorry to hear you're finding it hard but yes as @Issy says sometimes you have to let them cry. It will be hard but I like to think of it as "short term pain for long term gain" - at least that's what I tell myself! 😂
  7. Hi @Stephanie and welcome to twin club! Congratulations on the birth of your boys!! I'm assuming they're your first children? That's a shame that your partner has to go back to work soon but that's just the way it goes usually isn't it!? I had the same thing and only had about 2 weeks off - sadly paternity pay is not very good at all unless your partner works for a company that tops it up. Have you got plenty of friends/family around to help you when he goes back?
  8. Hi @Breffni if you want something fairly well priced, I actually wrote a little review of the TP link smart camera that we use here: TP Link Kasa Cam KC100 Review They're not sold specifically as a baby monitor but they're basically cheap smart cameras that connect to your wifi - you can pick them up for circa. £30 on Amazon 😀 Once you have the camera you just use the app on your phone to view it and it will send you alerts etc. if you want. As a bonus you can still view it if you're out and have a babysitter or whatever. Take a look at the review I did and let me know what
  9. Hi @Esther we had a similar but different situation in our house - we already had a 5 year old and then the twins came along. My wife had a C-section with the twins too. How long were you in hospital after the birth? I found the first 2-3 months really difficult. probably the most difficult thing I've ever done, but then of course the fact that it was twins was definitely a part of that. It did also make us feel a bit guilty not spending so much time with our 5 year old, but we just tried to keep her busy with "helping" etc and making her feel involved. Obviously a bit easier in that she'
  10. Hi @Pammy sorry to hear this. I can definitely relate with how he is feeling - I'm sure I ended up with a sort of male form of post natal depression in the first few weeks even, but it does get better! Is it purely not coping with the twins that has caused this or anything more to it? If he wants to speak to another man that has been through it I'm more than happy!
  11. You're right actually re. bringing all the stuff with you on the train - should have thought of that I think personally you would be OK with a couple of stops if they're holding their heads up fine now - when are you thinking of going?
  12. Hi @Letty The generally accepted rule is 2 hours at a time, so if you follow that you'd need to stop twice. Some people say less than that (I've seen 30 mins mentioned before!!) but honestly we'd never get more than a few miles from our house in the traffic these days! 🤮 If you read up it's generally to do with restricted airways when babies can't hold their heads up properly yet - how are you two at holding their heads up? I'm guess they're getting there at 4.5 months? I guess the alternative would be the train if not, but can't see that being fun with twins! 😜
  13. Hi @Rachel B don't worry makes total sense!! When it's all of us it's not so bad obviously as we can have one each, but when it's one of us on our own with the girls it's more of a challenge. Definitely something that's not really mentioned as a practicality of having twins. For us, we're lucky in a sense that we have a driveway and live in a cul-de-sac, however it's still a bit of a challenge to bring them both to the car from the house on your own. We have a MultiMac car seat (also have a 5 year old) with two MiniMac rear facing seats for the twins. We usually leave those in t
  14. Hi @Girl Mum Zoe and welcome to twin club! Great question! Although I'd probably say what isn't hard/challenging about having twins!! 😂 Honestly though for me it was definitely the first 2-3 months before we got them into a decent routine and before they started sleeping at night. It's different than having one of course as with one you can take turns with your partner of course and actually get some kind of rest! What about you? Also how old are your twins?
  15. Hi @Clairey V is the cream hydrocortisone as that's quite commonly used for eczema? I'd definitely give it the full two weeks, especially if it's not bothering her, as I know eczema can take a while to go sometimes and you do also get flair ups etc.
  16. We never used anything like this with our eldest - back then we would simply go through the usual motions of boiling the kettle, letting it cool etc. but that was just one baby! When we found out that we were having twins, it was definitely a case of "what can we do to make our lives easier?" and the Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Machine seemed like something that would fit the bill. One of our friends had used one with her baby, and we'd heard pretty good things about it, and so we decided to give one a go with our twins. What is it? You've probably already heard of these machines
  17. Glad to hear it's going well! I remember us being in the same boat re. due date - we used to get asked all the time "when's the due date" and we'd have to explain that the 40 week date was this, but they won't let us go that long, so they'll more likely be here on this date" or something like that - it was almost as tiring as constantly being asked if we had twins in the family haha! 😂 What have you got left to do at home? Is their nursery all ready?
  18. Hi @Breffni nice to hear from you! 😀 How's the pregnancy going in general? So ours were born at 4Ib 13 oz and 5 Ib 7 oz, so a reasonably difference and that was at 36+4. For a few weeks they were talking about checking for twin to twin and all of that but in the end they were fine and they didn't detect any of that, one was just bigger than the other. It worried us for a bit but all was fine in the end. Talking to quite a few other twin parents it also seems pretty normal for one to be bigger than the other by a noticeable amount. Funnily enough now, the one who was born smaller
  19. Hi @K8s91 yes I think you should definitely go to 3 meals a day - sounds like she's hungry. Also, I'd say she's old enough not to wake for milk in the night. Our 9 month old twins currently have the following meal pattern and don't wake in the night (unless they have a cough like right now 🙁). Wake up 6.30am 6oz bottle, breakfast of porridge/toast about 8am, back for nap, 5oz bottles about 10.30am, lunch at 12.30 (pureed food and a biscuit) plus tap water, quick nap after lunch, 5oz bottles about 3.30pm, dinner at about 4.45pm (pureed food and yoghurts) plus tap water, 5.30pm bath ti
  20. Thanks, she has last her first two front teeth now but I don't think it's that as she was slow before anyway - it's probably not helping things though haha!
  21. Wow not that long then definitely thrown in the deep end with twins then! I do think though that if you can get through the first few months of twins together you can get through anything! 😁
  22. Good morning @Sm_1991 and welcome to Twin Club! Glad you stumbled upon us! 😀 We're still quite new but already have quite a lot of twin mums (and a few dads) that have signed up and gotten involved! Can I ask have you started with any solids yet at all? I'm sure that helped when we were trying to stop night feeds etc. Making sure they were full up before bed was really helpful!
  23. I would say I have found it to be the hardest thing I've ever done so he's not alone in that! I can imagine it was particularly testing if you hadn't been married long though. Were you together for long before you were married?
  24. Hi @Cas5513 one of ours is definitely a little more high maintenance than the other - I try sometimes not to give into it with the hope of breaking the cycle a little bit, but as you know sometimes that isn't always possible and you just do what you need to do for an easy life! It's hard work being a baby/toddler isn't it!? 😂
  25. Hi everyone, This is a question mainly for any of you that have 4/5/6+ year olds (but open to ideas from anyone!). Basically, as per the title our 5 year old is just really slow at eating - her dinner in particular. She's not too bad at breakfast and lunch, but at dinner she can literally be there for an hour with it going cold, despite us trying to chivvy her along. Half the problem is she gets distracted very easily, so we don't allow toys at the table (though she'll fiddle with anything) and we don't have the TV on at dinner time. We've tried setting timers but that gene
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