At first the idea of leaving the house with twins may be a little overwhelming but if you don’t do it you will feel trapped at home with them.
Here are some tips from Twiniversity MoMs for how to do it:
- If you are really nervous you could practice with a run to a drive through to get coffee with the kiddos strapped safely in their car seats. This will get you out of the house and keep everyone contained. Bring a good book with you to read while they nap as an extra bonus!
- Scout out your local parks/playgrounds that have only ONE entrance and exit. That way you can always stand guard to ensure no one escapes.
- “Baby Leashes” are often frowned upon by the masses, HOWEVER if you feel more comfortable and in control using them. Do not worry what people think. These are your children and it’s your job to keep them safe first and foremost.
- Pick a “safe” place for your first outing perhaps the mall or a grocery store near your home. Don’t expect to get a lot done. Just enjoy the fact that you are out of the house!
- Never leave the house without a copy of your medical insurance card and a photo ID. Heaven forbid something happens, you don’t want to have to worry about not having proper identification.
- If your toddlers are toddling in different directions, it’s not bad to go out with a buddy. It could be another mom or a family member or friend. But an extra pair of eyes is NEVER a bad thing.
- Don’t leave your camera at home. It would be a shame to miss that cute moment of their first time on the slide or the first time on a swing.
- Practice makes perfect. Taking short trips out of the house leading up to a big one will give you the confidence to know you can do it.
Be prepared to be stopped by EVERYONE and asked the 100′s of questions you will continuously get because you have twins. When your twins are small they attract a LOT of attention so take this into account for time management but enjoy the attention.
Prepare as much as you can in advance and just do it! It might be easier than you thought or more difficult. But it will get easier with practice!
Good Luck and have fun!