10 ORGANISATIONAL TWIN TIPS by TWINGENUITY
6. Put washing on night before
Probably a no brainer, but most of us mums have lost a small part of our once sharp brain so going to put it out there anyway. Stick a load of washing on before you go to bed and set it to timer so it starts around 7am and is ready for hanging or the dryer. If your washing machine is old school and doesn’t have the timer option, put it on before bed anyway. So it sits in there for a few extra hours…big deal. You will wake up feeling like you have already achieved something on your household to do list, which can sometimes set the ball rolling for the rest of the day. Admittedly our washing has been known to sit in that very machine (washed) for up to three days before contemplating hanging… by which stage it needs to be washed again… but we won’t get into that.
7. Keep two aluminium bottles of pre boiled water ready on your bench at all times
(Formula fed babies)
In case you didn’t know, you will need to boil water for your baby’s bottles to get rid of any nasties. And I only say this as I didn’t know for the first few weeks (insert awkward face). This being so you may find yourself in desperate need to make up a bottle but you’re stuck waiting for boiled water to cool and this can take a fair while. To avoid this, buy two aluminium bottles (can find at Coles or any cheap two dollar shop) and keep them sitting on the bench. Always keep them full. This way there will always be pre boiled water ready for bottles. As you finish them always pop the kettle on so you’re working in anticipation of what you will need next. Again, a simple one but a good one.
8. Have two nappy bags.
Whether you have twins or a singleton buy yourself TWO nappy bags. The first belongs with you, always with you, wherever you are and whatever you do. Sometimes however, in the chaos you ‘will’ leave the house without it. For instances such as these the other nappy bag belongs in your car. This is your back up. Now repeat after me…
“Though shalt never remove the back up from vehicle unless absolutely necessary”
“Though shalt ALWAYS put the bag back (fully stocked) for the next time”
“In this bag though shalt pack nappies, wipes, a change of clothes and dummies”
In addition to this, have (yes another) pencil case in the glove box with MORE dummies, teething gel, pandol etc. The bare but very essential essentials, so no matter where you are or what you’re doing, you’re always the most prepared mumma you can be.
9. Put multiple layers of bedding on beds/cots
When you make the babies bed always put multiple layers of bedding down. Nothing is worse than a poosplosions or vomit all over fresh bed sheets in the middle on the night. On top of that, nothing is more annoying then having to fully unmake and make up the bed. Layer the sheets: mattress protector, fitted sheet, mattress protector, fitted sheet etc. It will save you a lot of time and hastle. Trust me.
10. Buy a porta cot & keep it in the living area
And finally, THE most important tip I can offer you if you have newborns and other children running rampant in your home. BUY A PORTACOT. Yes, it’s not the most aesthetically pleasing addition to your home. Yes it’s ugly and yes you would rather keep it to the bedroom. But in this instance you’re going to have to get over yourself and just go with it. Your home has or is about to be invaded by all things baby, and yes that vision you’re currently having of red, blue, yellow and green blocks scattered all over the floor is indeed about to become a reality. Take a deep breath, exhale and deal with it.
Invest in a portacot that has the change table attachment (see above) and set it up in the main living area of your home. Honestly, like really truly, I don’t know what I would have done without it. If you’re like us and have a toddler/other children, then finding a ‘safe space’ for your new addition(s) can be tricky. We’ve had many the sneaky kiss turned head butt, many the attempted cuddle turned body slam, many a poke in the eye, mouth, nose, ear… you name it, we’ve had it. In this way, the portacot acts as a protective barrier between your newest addition and all other former additions. But wait… theres more.
The beauty of having a portacot in your living area is that it is so much more than ‘just’ a portacot. It is a safe place to put your baby down in a hurry without having to worry they may roll off or having to clip them in to something e.g. bouncer, it’s a viewing zone for your other children to admire their new brother/sister without poking and prodding, it’s an extra cot for you to put baby to sleep in should one baby wake the other, it’s a change table without the hassle of constantly taking them to their room, its a place to store wipes, nappies, dummies and all other baby mess. If I can offer you one piece of advice this would be it. Buy one. You won’t regret it.
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