Preparing for the arrival of multiples can be a major undertaking for most parents. There are a variety of considerations and constraints that must be taken into account for all aspects of the preparation. So how can you and your partner ensure that your home is prepared for the arrival of your newborns? Read on for our tips on preparing for multiples and some critical things to consider in the process.
Review the Floor Plan
Advanced planning of the nursery, changes to your bedroom layout, and play areas are all a must when preparing for multiples. Consider where each child will be sleeping when they arrive and what areas in the house they will be spending the most time in at different stages of their life. No matter what, always keep the dimensions and positioning of windows/doors in the back of your mind as you plan While you may have some super cute ideas in your head about how you want things laid out, it is vital to make sure you have space before purchasing anything. If you find yourself in a situation where you are pressed for space, consider if you need all the items you wanted or if there is another place in your home that it could go to free up some space while not being inconvenient.
Buy in Bulk
One of the best pieces of advice in planning for a newborn, in general, is to consider the areas you and your baby will occupy in your home. Once you have a list, you can plan out “survival packs for each location that include some place to change your baby, extra diapers, wipes, bibs, pacifiers, or any other items you may need. As a result, you will need more of certain things but not of others. Since baby items tend to be expensive, to begin with, buying in bulk when preparing for multiples is a smart play because even with baby items buying in bulk is usually cheaper than buying smaller quantities. Since you will have much more to buy in the disposables category, it only makes sense to get the best deal you can.
Daytime vs. Nighttime
When preparing for multiples, it pays dividends to consider that there will be some marked differences between daytime and nighttime. It’s not just differences in the activity level or location but also differences in what they will need. Depending on the sleeping arrangements you have chosen for your children it may want to use their cribs for naps during the day and bassinets in your room at night for convenient feeding. You may want to consider a mini-fridge for your bedroom to make the middle of the night bottle feedings easier.