Also known as the thing that will keep you straight when you have no idea what time or day it is
The first 90 days of your infant twins’ lives are going to be the most amazing and the most intense of your life. You will be basking in the glow of bringing your babies home while learning about their needs and managing their feeding and sleeping habits. It’s a tall order for any twin mother. (We can’t even imagine how moms of triplets or quadruplets do it!)
For those early days, you are no doubt going to need to keep track of quite a bit of information to ensure that your twins are growing and getting all the care and nutrients they need. And you’re most likely going to have to keep track of this information while you are sleep-deprived.
To keep your mind from running in circles, we suggest you use a baby log for your twins. The log can be created using a simple composition book, or you can purchase a premade one.
Here is a sample twin log entry with explanatory information below:
Date Feed Time Twin Diapers Oz. (ounces) Breast
Nov. 11 12:00 pm Drew #3 70 cc 10 min R
Celeste #2 70 cc (20 BM) n/a
Diapers: #1 = Wet Only #2 = Poop Only #3 = Both Wet and Poop
It is important to record your twins’ diaper status because you will need and want to make sure that they are urinating and having bowel movements regularly. It is very hard to remember when which twin did what, so keeping track of this ensures that you have a record. The log will come in handy if one of the babies gets sick or seems to be dehydrated—you can communicate all of the information in the log to your doctor, and it will be a very helpful reference during prognosis.
Oz. (ounces) and Breast
You should keep track of the amounts the twins eat at each and every feeding. This is of course easiest to measure if your babies are fed from the bottle (via breast milk or formula). For breast-feeding, you will measure the intake based on time spent feeding. You will also designate whether the baby is feeding on your right (R) or left (L) breast.
It’s wise to leave space for notes, either at the bottom or on the back side of each log page. In the notes area, you can jot down questions for your doctor and communicate messages to your partner (or any other helper) about how a feeding went. It’s also a place to write encouraging words about your family or the twins’ milestones and accomplishments.