How Does She Do It? Raising Multiples!

Juggling Multiples

Meal Plan
"To give two bottles at once, sit in a comfy chair and put the side of your left foot on the other knee to form a V with your left leg. Put both babies in the crook of your knee, and you can hold both bottles in one hand."
--Phyllis Ghingold, mom of twins; Orlando, Florida

Feet First
"I buy all the same socks and shoes. It's easier to keep track of six of the same shoe, rather than trying to match up pairs. Right now they all wear the same size, thankfully."
--Pam Kocke, mom of triplets New Orleans, Louisiana

All Piled Up
"My trick to hold both of my babies at the same time: Stack them on top of each other with one baby's head at the other's feet. I can rock them and bounce them, and they seem to like being so close to each other. I don't know how long it will last, but for now it works!"
--Melissa Bell, mom of twins Camby, Indiana

Feeding System
"When the kids started solids I bought bowls in three different colors -- one hue for each kid. There have been many times when I'm alone all day and after feeding two children I think, 'Wait. Which one didn't eat?' The colored bowls remind me!"
--Jamie Rannila, mom of triplets Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Money Savers
"You don't need two of everything. You can get by with one Exersaucer, one swing, and one activity center -- it's what I call 'circuit baby,' rotating the babies in and out of the toys." It may even lay the groundwork for sharing later on.
--Minde Herbert, mom of twins, Lithia, Georgia

Originally published in the June 2011 issue of Parents magazine.

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