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Welcome to my blog. Have Twins First is a blog offering advice to parents with a focus on what it’s like raising twins versus a singleton. I started this blog to help parents by writing about my own experiences raising twin girls and a singleton boy. I hope you enjoy reading and find some helpful tips. Thanks, Jeanne  

Get Your Baby To Sleep Through the Night – Top 5 Tips

Get Your Baby To Sleep Through the Night – Top 5 Tips

I have been writing a lot of posts about babies and sleep lately. I decided to put together a list of the most important things to help your baby learn good sleeping habits. Unless otherwise specified, these tips are meant to be implemented starting at the 6 month mark or later. Put your baby in her crib when she starts to get sleepy Rather than holding her to fall asleep, put her down when she’s showing signs of being tired….

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Transitioning Your Baby to a Crib in his Own Room

Transitioning Your Baby to a Crib in his Own Room

  At some point most parents will need to transition their infant from his bassinet to his crib. For some this will be an easy and smooth transition while for others this will be a struggle. In our case, the twins took to their crib easily, while our singleton really did not like his crib, until recently. Rock N Play Sleeper All our children slept in our room until around the 12 week mark. During this time they slept next…

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Potty Training Twins – 45 Days Later

Potty Training Twins – 45 Days Later

As promised here is an update on the current status of potty training the twins. Check out the original potty training post when we were 10 days into this adventure: Potty Training Twins Using the 3-Day Potty Training Method The Good News: Overall both twins are more or less fully potty trained at this point. Are there still accidents here and there? Yes! As expected, these happen when the twins are very engrossed in an activity or when we are…

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Sleep Training Babies That Share a Room

Sleep Training Babies That Share a Room

If you have twins, there might come a time that you will want to sleep train them. If they share a room this can get pretty tricky. This is a bridge we crossed when J and S were about 10 months old. For whatever reason, S was a great sleeper from the time she was 6 months old and we never had to do much to intervene. J was not the same, she was an okay sleeper. She started a…

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Sleep for Babies at 3-6 Months

Sleep for Babies at 3-6 Months

My singleton, M, turned 7 months old yesterday. Over the last month his sleep schedule has become much more dependable. This was also the case with the twins at this age. I want all the parents with newborn babies out there to know, it will get easier and you will sleep again. If you google babies and sleep schedules you will get a whole lot of information. Most of what I found for 3-6 months was not what my babies…

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Sleep with Newborn Twins – The Baby Draft

Sleep with Newborn Twins – The Baby Draft

How do you handle nighttime care for newborn twins? Each family will handle this differently, but I wanted to share what we did to give you some ideas. We did not have a plan for night care before the twins arrived, I think because we just didn’t know what to expect. What ended up happening is what my husband coined “The Baby Draft”. This meant each night we would choose a baby to be in charge of. As you may…

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Ticks and Toddlers

Ticks and Toddlers

Since it’s that time of year, I thought I would write about an unfortunate experience a few weeks ago, when we found a tick engorged on S, one of our 2 year old twins.  No one in our family had ever had a tick before that we knew of, even the dog, so it was a learning experience that I thought would be helpful to share here. I was washing S’s hair at bath time and felt something at the…

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Potty Training Twins Using the 3 Day Potty Training Method

Potty Training Twins Using the 3 Day Potty Training Method

It’s been 10 days since we started potty training our twin girls. They are 2 years and 10 months old. During a visit with our friends,they told us they used the 3 day potty training method for their daughter when she was the same age and it worked! This was awesome news, you can potty train in 3 days??? I wanted to know more, so I googled “3 day potty training” and read up on it. These are the articles…

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