How Does She Do It? Raising Multiples!

Making It Work with Multiples

It's Your Party
"We bake three different cakes and sing 'Happy Birthday' to each of my triplets. They usually have to share everything else, so they deserve to have their own 30 seconds in the spotlight."
--Michele Starman, mom of tripletsLas Vegas, Nevada

Taking Notes
"The best thing I ever did was to write down everything -- from which baby just nursed to whose diaper I changed last. When you're half asleep and bleary-eyed in the middle of the night, it can all be a blur. I can't tell you how many times my husband started giving a bottle to the same baby I had just fed a few minutes earlier!"
--Angela Bass

Clothes Calls
"A real time-saver for me is to fold my daughters' clothes in sets of two. Just place one on top of the other and fold them the same way you would fold one. That way all I have to do is grab a set and I'm ready to go!"
--Rosemarie Carroll, mom of twins; Hanover Township, New Jersey

Rest Period
"I make sure they get one good nap at home every single day, regardless of what else is going on. I even turn down invitations or leave an event if it conflicts with this sacred time. Yes, people get extremely judgmental, making comments like, 'Life shouldn't revolve around your kids' nap schedule.' But it's stressful enough having multiples, and I need the two hours a day when I don't have to see or hear a child for my sanity!"
--Nicole Yraceburn, mother of twins San Diego, California

Dinner Duty
"Even if you breastfeed exclusively, use bottles so your partner can help. Just because you made the meal doesn't mean you have to serve it."
--Angela Bass

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