Multiples Survival Guide
Lisa Madden, mom to triplets and a singleton, lives multiple mania. That's why the Middletown, New Jersey, nurse co-founded Staying Sane, a business that provides support to couples who are expecting or who have multiple babies at home. Her tried-and-tested tips:
- Set up circuit training. "You don't need two of everything. Put a swing, a vibrating chair, and an activity center on the floor, and move your babies along."
- Put it on the big board. Madden wrote her triplets' names on a whiteboard, and under each she listed feedings, number of used diapers, and medications. "It's an easy, at-a-glance way to track this info."
- Make a peace pact. Exhaustion can lead to nastiness. "If both parents are up for feedings, pledge that no one is held responsible for anything said between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m."
- Find drive-throughs. Avoid getting out of the car to pick up dry cleaning, get coffee, etc.