Here are some tips and tricks we have found throughout out journey. Hopefully they can be helpful to other multiple families! These are not the end all be all answers, but just what we’ve found to be useful so far. Please do your research and consider all the options you find!
Don’t be afraid to splurge a little!
Yes, triplets are expensive. Yes, there are so many necessary things to buy. BUT! Don’t be afraid to splurge a little, because hey, you just had triplets, and there needs to be some enjoyment in it! One thing we are SO thankful we did was a newborn photoshoot. While they can often be a little pricy, we look back and are so glad we did it. In general, many photographers would love to tackle a triplet shoot without burning a hole in your wallet. Ours, done by Alaska Photography and Design, turned out better than I ever could have dreamed.
You can make any house or apartment work with multiples. They really don’t take up that much room at the beginning (other than the burp clothes that are everywhere!). We have a 3 bedroom tri-level house. We made one bedroom the nursery with multiple cribs and left the guest bedroom for many future visitors. Two main points about your house.
1. Make stations!!! On each level have a crate, tote, or drawer of daily gear. Have diapers, wipes, butt cream, blankets, burp rags, more burp rags and diapers!!! We have an entire drawer of nothing but burp rags and have to refill it all the time!
2. Do basic maintenance work! Have your house checked out for any maintenance needs before babies arrive. For instance, check and service the furnace/boiler and change the furnace filter, change the water filter on your fridge, check your plumbing lines for wear damage, service the washer and dryer, and change the batteries in the smoke alarms and CO2 detectors.
Any repair or service that needs to get done, do it before they arrive!!! Why?!? Because having the water supply line crack and spray water all over your main floor, wall and kitchen cabinets results in water remediation with loud ass fans in your living room, ripped up flooring and drywall chunks. Which is all great fun if you are into home remodeling like Becca and I are, but it really throws a wrench in your routine when yo have newborn triplets in the house! Positive note: we get new flooring on our main level AND don’t have to install it ourselves! I can tell you Becca was not excited at the idea of installing new flooring after her c-section!
The Car and Car Seats
Finding adequate car seats was a worry and concern the whole pregnancy. We did some heavy research, even busted out the tape measure and measured the car, then went to the baby store and measured car seats.
We have a 2014 Toyota RAV4 and found that we can get the Chicco KeyFit30 car seats across the back row of the car. The middle base has to be secured with the seat belt and not the anchor clips on the base.
It is a tight fit, but works for now! Becca even leaves the house alone with all 3 and goes on adventures.
Yeah yeah we know…don’t co-sleep your babies!!! This was often repeated during or NICU stay. Well, we are doing it anyway…kind of.
Our babies chat, grunt, cry for each other all night long. For being so small, they are incredibly loud sleepers. We lasted 4 nights sharing the crib in our room and they were kicked out at 2am! The crib was divided into 3 parts with breathable crib meshing. Once the girls grew, we used the second crib and had one divided in half.
We use the Triple Time tracker and love it. It is the easiest way to track the ins and outs of the day, and we don’t mean just feeding and diapers. Haha. It helps routine stay consistent, reminds you of any issues, and helps you track baths and poops! It is not worth the brain effort of trying to remember who did what everyday; this book is a life saver. You can find it on Amazon.
Triple Time – Triplets Daily Schedule Book https://www.amazon.com/dp/0972467653/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_wMu9AbGJECVXK
More recently this has book has been sold out on Amazon…so I made my own customized template. Do you need it? Shoot us an email and we’d be happy to send it to you 🙂
We are a pumping and bottle feeding family, it is what works best for us and the babies. If you had multiples and breastfeed, we salute you! If you are expecting multiples, our two cents is, you do you! Do whatever works for you and the babies, don’t let anyone pressure you into feeding in a manner that doesn’t work with you and the babies.
We went into the pumping/breastfeeding that if Becca couldn’t produce milk or it didn’t come in, then it was okay. Formula babies are just as healthy! Fortunately, we are still able to keep up on milk supply and have a lot stored in the deep freezer.
Our babies are currently feeding in the side laying position, which can be a challenge because you have to control the flow of the bottle. We have three main ways of feeding:
We lay the babies on their sides and prop the bottle flat so that there’s about half of the flow in the nipple. Propping takes a lot of blankets and burp clothes (or a fancy Amazon ordered tool). It also takes good positioning to keep their latch. We find it best to either put their head against the arm of the sofa or to put a blanket behind their head.
We normally do propping when all are awake and full of rage. Haha
One on one-
Each of us feeds one baby at a time, the one that is sleeping or screaming the least gets fed once one has fed and burped.
Two on one-
This one takes some coordination and dexterity, but it does work. I (Dad) find it easiest to have baby on the left nudged up to the arm of the sofa, and I support the head of the baby on the right with my hand. I then hold the two bottles in my left and and use my fingers to adjust the flow. I also have enough burp rags ready that I can prop one bottle if needed.
You can also use a baby head to prop… for a second or two… 🙂
For all of our feeding styles we have found that at this period in their development, we are more successful at burping if we lounge them on a pillow or a boppy for a few minutes to let the food settle. We then pick them up for burping.
Visitors and Germs
Don’t be afraid to turn visitors away that have been recently sick! Premies are susceptible to illness and keeping them healthy is the number one priority! Most people understand this, but it is still worth constantly verifying no one sick is coming over to visit.
We require any visitors to have a current TDAP vaccines to decrease the chances of contracting whooping cough, especially in the first six months.