You may find it cute when you see new mommies pushing their perfect little strollers in a park or baby carriers set in the shopping cart. However, it’s not easy for parents who need to go out with their kids.
We all know that it’s difficult to leave the house with children, however, things become a bit more daunting if you have twins. Whether it’s being hungry right after you leave the house, crying non-stop, or throwing unexpected tantrums, you are usually dealing with all that times two.
However, going out with more than one child does not have to be a nightmare. With some extra precautions, you can still successfully manage to go shopping, walking in the parks, or a family outing with your twins.
Things to Consider When Going Out With Twins
Heading out with twins may be a bit challenging for the first time but it’s definitely not impossible. All you need to do is to follow some of the tips we are going to discuss below.
1. Feed & Go
The worst thing you can do to yourself is to leave the house without feeding them. Not feeding the kids prior can create some unnecessary chaos when you’re out.
When driving or doing some shopping, the last thing you want to deal with is a hungry kid, let alone twins. So, always plan your departure right after you feed them.
Once you’re done feeding, place your kids in the car seats or the strollers and go. They are likely to fall asleep, letting you drive in peace or do the shopping while they are on snooze.
2. Consider Getting a Double Stroller
Whether you’re going shopping or just roaming inside a park, you need the stroller to be comfortable for both you and the kids. You can’t handle two strollers at a time. While it might seem cost-efficient/convenient, placing them in a single stroller will make them crammed and suffocated, which is actually the opposite of convenience for everyone involved.
Nowadays, there are so many double strollers available that have separate spaces for twins. If you’re confused about which one to buy, just browse the internet for a bit. There are many different quality strollers online. One Google search will give you a good idea of what is available out there.
Many of them are lightweight and easy to handle, with all the features to keep your children comfortable and safe inside the stroller.
3. Pack Their Essentials
When heading out, make sure you pack all the essentials for both your kids. It’s quite common for many parents to forget something important when in a rush to leave.
Make sure you put enough diapers, wipes, extra clothes, and food in the diaper bags, and always check the bags before getting out of the door.
Keep in mind that both your kids won’t always require the same things. For example, if one of your kids has allergies to a particular food, make sure you prepare something different and put them in the bag.
4. Prepare The Car Seats
It’s essential to prepare the car seats before you leave, particularly if you have more than one child.
When purchasing car seats, make sure they are lightweight, meet all standard safety requirements, and fit easily inside the car. Then it’s as easy as placing your kids inside, tuck the seat belt, and drive peacefully.
5. Buy a Double Carrier
Going out but don’t like to deal with the stroller? Then you might want to consider buying a double carrier.
A baby sling or carrier is a piece of cloth, which supports the baby from your body. It’s safe for carrying the baby and keeps your hands free to do other things.
When carrying two kids, try the double carrier. It will be extremely helpful, especially when you’re in a shopping mall.
6. Try Mommy Hooks
Mommy hook is one of the best inventions, particularly for parents with multiple kids. It’s a stroller hanger that fits almost all stroller handles.
If you’re struggling with carrying the stroller in one hand and the shopping bags in another, purchase a mommy hook. It will allow you to hook your bags to the stroller.
Make sure you buy one with a rubber guide so that it doesn’t slip from your hands.
7. Share The Responsibility With Your Spouse
Managing the kids outside of the home will be extremely difficult if you don’t get any help from your significant others. Both mom and dad should be responsible for taking care of them.
For example, if you’re a breastfeeding mom and need to feed your child during an outing, your husband should look after one kid while you’re feeding the other.
And if you’re the husband, don’t just roam around and make your wife take care of the kids, especially twins. Help her change their diapers or pacify them when they are crying.
8. Make A List of Everything
Your little ones won’t be patient if you keep wandering the aisles of a shopping mall to find out what you need to buy. Also, it’s highly possible to forget something if you start packing just before leaving the house.
Having a list on hand will help you get everything quickly, whether you’re purchasing something or packing your toddlers’ things. It will make your errands much quicker and more efficient.
9. Get Back Home Before They are Hungry
As stated earlier, nothing can be worse than dealing with hungry and irritated kids in a public place. Even if you feed them before getting out of home, they will be hungry again if you’re out for a long time.
As a mom, you may have an idea when they will be hungry again. Finish your work accordingly, and try to get home at least 15-20 minutes before that time.
Parenting can be both fun and challenging, especially with more than one child. However, things can be even more difficult if you don’t know how to deal with them properly.
All you need is a bit of smartness and confidence to plan a successful outing with twins.