A visit to the doctor with twin babies can be daunting, but it doesn't have to be! Here are a few tips to help make the day go much more smoothly—especially if the appointments involve shots.
Give some thought to scheduling. Try to schedule back to-back appointments at the very beginning of the day. Having the first appointment in the morning can help your chances of being seen on time.
Pack a bag of essentials. I recommend the following:
- Bottles of milk/formula. I found that if the twins had to have shots, giving them bottles immediately afterward helped comfort them and calm them down.
- Tylenol. If the appointments involve shots, ask the doctor at the very beginning of the appointment if you can give your babies Tylenol at that time. That way, the medicine will start taking effect earlier than if you waited until after the shots.
- Pacifiers (if your children are addicted like mine were). Bring extras in case one or more fall on the floor!
- Hand sanitizer. I am not a crazy germ freak and try to limit the amount of hand sanitizer I give my twins, but it is a must-have at the doctor's office.
- Diapers and wipes. Without a doubt, your little ones will need a change during the appointment. Doctor's offices don't always have extras, so be sure to bring some with you.
- Age-appropriate special snack or treat. When the twins got older, I gave them lollipops. The treat needs to be something they don't typically get.
Pick outfits that are easy to get on and off. This is especially helpful if you are by yourself. Trying to get both babies undressed and dressed again after shots is not fun. Make it easier by limiting clothes with lots of buttons or other things you will have to fuss with.
Bring backup. An extra set of hands can make all the difference. It's even better if your helper can come back to your house for the rest of the day. Having someone there to help you soothe your twins means each baby can get one-on-one attention.
Pour on the TLC. I found that if the twins had shots, they usually cried hard immediately afterward and then fell asleep in the car on the way home. After their nap, they woke up in a terrible mood and cried hysterically. I think the shots hurt their little legs and they didn't realize it until hours later. It will help if you massage the area of the injection immediately after the shot.
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