By: Jennifer Murray

How to Survive the First Few Months With Multiples

Sometimes it’s hard to believe how far we’ve come.  The days of reeking of spit-up, going through formula by the can, preemie weight checks, and zombie days of existence seem like distant memories. 

mother holding quadruplets babies all at one time

Motherhood alone offers its share of challenges, joys, and freak-out moments. However, when motherhood throws a curve ball of multiples, “normal” gets thrown out the window. I understand the overwhelming excitement and overload that goes with parenting multiples and recently partnered with Pampers and BlogHer to offer a Crib Sheet on surviving the first few months with multiples.

It’s a “cheat sheet” of registry advice, getting through the NICU rollercoaster, sleep and feeding schedules, dealing with the spotlight, giving individual attention, and some bits of advice along the way. It’s easily printable {Because what new mom has time to search through multiple sources and screens to find answers to immediate questions?} and meant to be shared with other moms expecting or parenting multiples.

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Here’s a screen shot of the first of the two pages.  If you click on it, it will take you to the pdf, where you can print it or share it with a friend!

Gotta say, writing this took me back a little. And as much as I wish I could hold those tiny bodies again, I’m so thankful to be on this side of parenting multiples! Thanks to so many of you who have walked this journey with us!

6 Responses to “How to Survive the First Few Months With Multiples”

  1. Kate
    August 22, 2012 at 9:11 pm #

    My parents’ friends have quads (two boys and two girls), plus a boy 3 years older. They turned 11 this year. Looking at the picture of you holding four tiny little babies brought back so many memories! I remember staying with them when the babies were tiny to help out. Next thing you know we were chasing 4 toddlers all over the place and now they are practically grown! It’s crazy how fast time flies!

    • QuatroMama
      August 23, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

      Hearing stories this this gives me hope, Kate! Thanks so much for taking the time to share!

  2. Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect
    August 23, 2012 at 9:09 pm #

    I love that you’re sharing your hard-earned knowledge with other mamas this way!!
    Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect recently posted.. It’s What’s for Dinner.

    • QuatroMama
      August 24, 2012 at 10:01 am #

      Hard-Earned = Blood. Sweat. And Tears.And More Tears. Thanks, Sweet Friend. <3

  3. Covington Grandma
    August 24, 2012 at 10:56 am #

    Jen, I’ve always had the thought in the back of my mind that you should write such a publication to give tips, shortcuts and advice to parents of multiples and HERE IT IS. I am pleased to see you share your survival skills with others. I have always marveled at your ingenuity in making a tough situation
    into a joyful thankful .experience Love, MOM.

  4. Andrea
    August 26, 2012 at 3:47 am #

    Finally! Someone who can relate. I too am a mother of Quads. Three identical boys and a girl. They are now two and I know what you mean about them being out of that infant stage. Although I miss the snuggling and baby smells I love how more independent they are becoming. At times I would like to freeze the moment because thy are growing way too fast but at the same time I love accomplishing one stage and moving on to the next. People ask me how I do it. I just do. What other choice do I have. At the end of the day it isn’t bad. They are good kids. Yes they are going through their twos but it really isn’t that bad. Although I wouldn’t wish it on anyone I also wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world 🙂

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