The First Year with Twins 7 Months Old

First Year with Twins 7 Months Old

Learn what to expect with your infant twins 7 months old, including tips, tricks, and advice from real twin parents who have been there.

All content on this website, including medical opinion and any other health-related information, is for informational purposes only and should not be considered to be a specific diagnosis or treatment plan for any individual situation. Use of this site and the information contained herein does not create a doctor-patient relationship. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others.

Your Twins 7 Months Old

Welcome back returning twin parents! Hello and welcome to the new twin parents who are just finding us today!

You made it through your first 6 months as a twin parent and you’re now heading into your seventh month of twin parenthood. What a huge accomplishment! Little known secret: we knew you could do it!

Now what? Well, this is a good place to start. We have plenty of information and resources to help you navigate twin parenting with your twins 7 months old.

Our twin parenting tips come from our very own experienced twin parents from around the world! These parents have all been there, done that, and are ready to share their tips and tricks with you.

These first months are full of excitement, questions, and even some anxiety. Not to worry, we’ve got your back. We’ve laid out all our best tips, tricks, and advice for twins 7 months old.

If you haven’t already, now is a great time to reach out to our twin parent mentorship coordinator. We can connect you with another twin parent who has been right where you are with their own twins. This kind of perspective is invaluable!

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Got preemies? Make sure to consider your premature twins’ corrected age when reviewing whether or not they are meeting their milestones at appropriate times. In the vast majority of cases, preemies catch up by school-age and go on to succeed at the same level as their peers. Read this article: When Did Your Preemies Hit Developmental Milestones?

Twins 7 Months Old
7 month old twins

What to Expect with Twins 7 Months Old

  • At 7 months old, your twinnies may have doubled their birth weights! They are more sociable than ever and love to be with people. They’ll be smiling and laughing with close family and friends that are familiar but they may be shy with new faces.
  • If your twins use pacifiers, make sure to toss out their 0-6 month pacis and invest in a set of 6+ month pacis (buy on Amazon). The 6+ month size ensures the proper development of baby’s palate, teeth, and gums as baby grows, plus a larger shield for their growing faces.
  • Separation anxiety may start to set in. Your twins will become more clingy and may hate to be without you. This behavior is completely normal, but frustrating, especially when you’re caring for two babies alone! If you’re really struggling with this, you may want to invest in a twin baby carrier (this is a popular one.)
  • Your babies may start to show preferences of parent or caregiver. Try not to take it personally and work on better balancing out the baby care. If your twins only seem to want you and your partner is getting the cold shoulder, plan special times for your partner to spend alone with them (book time before bed is a great moment for this!) Plan 1-on-1 outings where one parent just takes one baby (having two single strollers is great for this). This is a great opportunity to bond with each baby alone and ideally should continue throughout their childhood.
  • You’re probably doing 5 to 6 feedings of up to 8 ounces of breastmilk or formula a day (every 4 – 5 hours). If they have started solids you’ll notice a change in their poop in consistency and smell. Just when you thought poop couldn’t get more gross, it does! Look for stools that are too hard (constipation) or too loose (diarrhea) and talk to your pediatrician about this, including if you notice mucus or blood in the stool.
  • You’ll soon notice your twins have more control over their hands and they’re interested in passing items from hand to hand. With this improved grasp, give your twins a variety of toys and board books to manipulate and encourage the right way to use them by demonstrating for them.
  • The idea of object permanence — that an object is there even if not visible — begins to develop at this time. Playing peek-a-boo games and hiding toys inside containers for them to find will entertain your twins to no end!
  • Your twins are becoming more curious and they’ll start to move towards objects they want with no concern for safety. We highly recommend that you get babyproofing finished ASAP if you haven’t already. You’ll want to baby proof every room in your house but each room will need a different variety of babyproofing tools. If you’re not a handy person you may want to hire a professional babyproofer to come in and set you up. Read about making your home more safe here.
  • When your twins start moving around in their crib you know it’s time to move the crib mattress to the bottom position.
  • You can introduce a trainer cup to your twins. Practice with water at meals to help them get the hang of using their new cups. Start with a cup that has handles like this one.
  • Expect to go through 70-100 diapers per week for twins through 30 weeks old (roughly 7 months). Here’s where you can stock up: buy on Amazon. If your diapers are leaking on a regular basis, that’s the sign that you need to move up a size.
  • On average, most babies will sleep 12-14 hours out of 24 and for twice as long at night (8-10 hours) as during the day. However, if your twins are still waking to eat at night your sleep will still be interrupted.
  • Your twins may be ready for sleep training/coaching. Deciding on the right time to sleep train is a very personal decision that you need to make WITH your partner. But your twins might not be ready to sleep through the night yet and that’s totally normal. Read this article on sleep training.
  • Are your twins starting to wake each other up during naps? If this becomes a real problem and no one is napping, and you have the additional space, you may want to move one twin into another bedroom in a travel crib for naps.
  • Are you worried that you’re not getting into shape fast enough after your twins pregnancy? Please cut yourself some slack. Your body will need a full year to recover from your high risk pregnancy. There are no trophies for postpartum body bounce-back, so quit trying to keep up with the Kardashians. That doesn’t mean you can’t eat better or start to exercise. Just know that recovery takes time and you can’t hold yourself to the same standards as your friends who had just one baby at a time, let alone celebrities with a whole staff to cater to their every need (yes, even Beyonce).
  • If you haven’t already, look into joining a local moms of multiples club (aka twin club). Read about local twin clubs here
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Common concerns from the moms who have been there with twins 7 months old

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Milestones & developmental leaps parents have noticed with twins 7 months old

What’s going on with development in twins 7 months old?

  • You might notice a bit of separation anxiety as your twins enter this next leap. It will pass before you know it. Just hang in there.
  • One or both of your twins may be showing signs of getting their first tooth. They may be fussy, drooling, and irritable as they begin teething. Check out some of our best teething tips here.
  • You twins are more mobile than ever. Even if they aren’t crawling yet, they may be scooting across the floor. Have you started babyproofing yet? Read about keeping your twins safe around the house here
  • Once that first tooth breaks through it’s time to start brushing. Start slow with a child-sized toothbrush (buy on Amazon).  You may opt to use a smear of fluoride-free toothpaste (buy on Amazon) about the size of a grain of rice.
  • Your twins may be sitting up with a little help now. Don’t worry if they don’t just yet, though. The average is usually around 9 months.
  • Your babies may begin to hold their own bottles and pacifiers around now.
  • Your twins may be getting themselves into the crawl position as they try to figure out how to move on their own. They may rock on all 4’s as they trying to get going. Now is the time to childproof! Read more about childproofing here.
  • Your babies probably recognize their names by now.
  • Your twins will pass objects from one hand to the other.
  • Your twins should bear weight when brought to a standing position. You may even see them bouncing on their legs.

Inform your doctor if your child:

  • Shows no affection for caregivers
  • Doesn’t try to get things that are in reach
  • Doesn’t respond to sounds around him
  • Has difficulty getting things to his mouth
  • Doesn’t make vowel sounds (“ah”, “eh”, “oh”)
  • Doesn’t roll over in either direction 
  • Doesn’t laugh or make squealing sound
  • Seems very stiff, with tight muscles
  • Seems very floppy, like a ragdoll
The First Year with Twins 7 Months Old

While most babies begin teething around six months, that first tooth can appear anytime between three and 14 months. Teething babies often want to chomp on things, so the pressure of an emerging tooth beneath the gums can be relieved by counter pressure. When the tooth moves through the bone and gum, it tends to come in stages, with more activity at night than during the day, so a baby may be more irritable in the evening. Chilled teething rings and a clean finger rubbed gently along the gums can provide some soothing relief.

Parents can find relief for their little one’s painful gums and irritability with a plant-based homeopathic medicine like Camilia. This teething medicine made by Boiron also helps with minor digestive upsets sometimes associated with teething.* Camilia does not contain benzocaine, and it will not numb your baby’s gag reflex or interfere with nursing. The pre-measured liquid dose is simply squeezed into the baby’s mouth so there is no need to rub on gums. 

Look for Boiron’s other hassle-free medicines for the littlest members of your family: ColicComfort and ColdCalm Liquid Doses

*Claims based on traditional homeopathic practice, not accepted medical evidence. Not FDA evaluated.

Twins 7 Months Old
7 month old twins

Challenges you might experience with twins 7 months old

There are some challenges to look out for with twins 7 months old

Twins 7 Months Old
7 month old twins

Tips from Parents of Twins 7 Months Old

Take some tips from experienced twin parents!

  1. Embrace change.
  2. Baby proof now.
  3. Sleep train as soon as possible.
  4. Take pictures and videos.
  5. Keep offering foods, even if they don’t seem to like them at first.
  6. Get out on your own when you can.

Personal Advice from Parents of Twins 7 Months Old

“Schedule is key. Let them play and tackle each other as long as they are safe and no one is crying – free time for mommy to do something. Baby proof their room so it is safe and they can navigate freely. Maybe try pouches of solid foods rather than spoon feeding all of them to make life easier. Bathe in the winter only every 3 days to avoid dry skin.” Stephanie L.

“Continue to try to feed at same time whenever possible. Try to remember they are different babies and you shouldn’t compare them when it comes to milestones. If they are preemies, remember to age adjust. If you hear them make noise on the monitor but aren’t crying, let them figure out how to get back to sleep. Try lots of different foods and do repeated exposure.” Liz R.

“Sound machines in their room is a must. Nighttime diapers will save you A LOT of mid-night pajama changes. Have your phone ready to take pictures and videos because they really start to talk and laugh at each other. Introduce them to a variety of foods. ALWAYS use zip-up pajamas.” Michaela P.

“Build up to daylight savings, starting the week ahead. Slowly push back bed time by 15 minutes every few days. Give them a wet, frozen washcloth to chew on for teething pain. Practice sitting with Boppy pillows. Roll with the sleep regression. Take the time for some extra cuddles! Place a toy on the changing table to play with as they get more wiggling during diaper changes. It distracts them while you take care of business!” Laura S.

“As daunting as it seems, try to leave the house – even just going for a walk with the babies. They do better with the stimulation! Really start working on good sleep habits if you haven’t yet. Enjoy the cuddles! Keep exploring new solids. Remember your relationship with your partner (if applicable) and try to make time for them.” Meredith B.

“Provide new more complex toys. Change the scenery, keep their inquisitive brains exploring new area. Get a trusted friend/family member to stay with the babies so you can get a nice long nap or time to self. Practice making different sounds with your babies. Just keep swimming.” Julie E.

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Questions you might have for your pediatrician about your twins 7 months old

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends babies get doctor checkups at birth, 3 to 5 days after birth and then at 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18 and 24 months. Reminder that twins = two co-pays for each doctor’s visit.

  • What is the best brand of baby food?
  • How much and how often should we be feeding solids at this age?
  • What is the best way to sleep train twins?
  • When can we give water to our twins?
  • Are my twins old enough for a sippy cup yet?

You might want these items for your twins 7 months old

You might want these items for yourself

  • Twins monthly milestone baby blanket (buy on Amazon)
  • Milestone baby photo cards (buy on Amazon)
  • Self-care items such as makeup, hair products, new clothes, or anything to make you feel human again

Feeding and nap schedule for twins 7 months old

A schedule with twins 7 months old is key! Now that your twins are becoming more demanding of your time and attention, scheduling and organization is more important than ever!

Here is a suggested feeding and nap schedule for twins 7 months old. You can see that adding tummy time and play time before each nap is a good way to ensure they are getting enough of it throughout the day.

  • 7:00 – Wake up time! First feeding of the day (bottles)
  • 8:00 – Tummy time and play
  • 9:00 – Nap (2 hours)
  • 11:00 – Wake up and feeding (bottles)
  • 11:30 – Tummy time and play
  • 12:00 – Solids
  • 1:00 – Nap (2 hours)
  • 3:00 – Wake up
  • 4:00 – Feeding (bottles)
  • 4:30 – Tummy time and play
  • 5:00 – Solids
  • 5:30 – Bath time
  • 6:00 – Book time & final bottles
  • 6:30 or 7:00 – Bedtime

Do the best you can every day to keep them on the same feeding and sleeping schedule. When you get off track try again for the next feeding or nap.

Do everything in your power to feed your twins together to make sure you get breaks. If they are on opposite feeding schedules, you will never get a break — and you deserve one!

Sleep advice from The Sleep Lady

If you’re beginning to feel like your twins 7 months old may never get the hang of consistently sleeping through the night and napping on any kind of schedule, you aren’t alone. You may feel like they will ALWAYS need you to be within arms reach in order to fall asleep and stay asleep. We can assure you that eventually things really DO get better with twins!

The Sleep Lady, Kim West, LCSW-C says: “Having a baby is akin to having a human alarm clock. Both wake you up with sudden noise, but what happens when your baby suddenly begins to wake earlier and earlier? Sure, the average baby wakes ‘early’ by most adult standards. Believe it or not, sometime between 6:00 and 7:00 a.m. is a biologically appropriate time for your child to wake up. If your baby is bright eyed and ready to play at 5:00, or worse, 3:00 a.m., you have to resolve early rising.

Early rising is common for babies and toddlers — and even some preschoolers. Luckily, it’s also normally a fairly easy fix, once you’ve identified the problem.”

See more of what The Sleep Lady Recommends about your newborn twins’ sleep here.

When to call the doctor 

It’s better to overreact 100% of the time than to underreact once.

Natalie Diaz, Twiniversity Founder and Mom of Twins

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When it comes to calling your doctor or seeking medical advice, you have to learn to trust yourself. No one knows your babies like you do. If you feel something isn’t right, it probably isn’t when it comes to your twins 6 months old. When in doubt, call. That’s why the offices have an answering service and staff on call at night or on the weekends.

That being said, there are a few guidelines to follow.  There are a few circumstances under which you should call your doctor and get medical advice, or even call 911.  When you call you should have a pen and paper handy and be prepared to give the following information over the phone:

  • Immunization records
  • Any medications, dosages, and times last taken (even over the counter drugs)
  • Medical history
  • Your baby’s temperature
  • Mention that the baby is a twin, in case of a contagious illness
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Any time you see the following symptoms with your twins you should contact your pediatrician immediately.

  • Blood in vomit 
  • Blood in stool
  • Seizure
  • Suspected poisoning
  • Bleeding you cannot stop
  • Unable to move
  • Limpness
  • A rectal temperature of 100.4 or above
  • Sleeps more than usual or will not wake up
  • Yellow skin or eyes

Call your doctor as soon as possible if one or both of your twins experiences any of the following.

  • Refusal to eat for multiple feedings in a row
  • Diarrhea or vomiting 
  • A cold that will not resolve itself or gets worse
  • Unexplained rash
  • Signs of dehydration (no tears, no wet diapers, sunken eyes, sunken soft spot)
  • Ear drainage
  • Will not stop crying

When to call 911

Please note that when you call 911, you and your baby will be taken to the nearest emergency room. This may or may not be located at your preferred hospital.

  • Your baby is turning blue or taking more than 60 breaths per minute
  • Your baby has a seizure which lasts more than 3 minutes or you cannot reach their doctor by phone immediately
  • Suffers from convulsions, unconsciousness, or irregular breathing following a fall or from bleeding
  • You think your baby may have a skull, neck, back, or pelvic fracture (DON’T move your baby)
  • Your baby suffers from a compound fracture where bone is sticking out from the skin (cover it with a clean cloth and do not touch it)
  • Your baby has bleeding you cannot stop after applying pressure for 10 minutes

Again, learn to trust your gut.  When in doubt, call and see what your doctor thinks.  Believe it or not, they’re happy to help.

What you should read for twins 6 months old

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Don’t forget to do these things with twins 7 months old

You probably feel like you’re starting to fall into a bit of a routine with your twins 7 months old. At the very least, you’re probably beginning to settle into chaos as your normal. The good news is that it will continue to get better as time goes on! We have put together a few things to remember that will surely help you out in the coming weeks.

  • Keep a master list. This is a great way to track schedules, important numbers and dates. It can be used as a guide for baby sitters, as well as for you when your having a “mom-brain” moment.
  • Take TONS of pictures. Take pictures and videos of their first taste of solids, them interacting with each other, even at bath time with bubbles and toys! These picture will bring back fond memories for years to come.
  • Don’t forget your marriage. The past 7 months have been a bit of a blur. This is a great time to reconnect with your partner. Get a sitter, get dressed up, and go out for the night. Even just an hour for a quiet coffee break will do wonders for your marriage right now!
  • Get out with your girls. Call your friends, sisters, neighbors, whoever. Just make a plan and go out dancing with some friends. Leave the twins in the capable hands of your partner or parents and take the night off. You’ve earned it!
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What’s In Your Diaper Bag?

Like the Girl Scouts, the motto for all twin mamas should be, “Be Prepared.”  Any mom of multiples can tell you that preparation and planning your day can make all the difference between chaos and calmness.  To help you on your way to multiple parenting successes, I’ve organized a list of what your diaper bag should contain so you too can “Be Prepared.”

Your daily diaper bag should contain:

  • one diaper for every two hours per baby that you will be out (plus four extra just in case)
  • baby wipes in a closed bag (Kirkland/Costco make the best portable wipes)
  • at least one set of clothing for each baby in a ziplock bag (in case of a liquid spill)
  • a changing pad (disposable or standard)
  • diaper cream (get a travel size just for your diaper bag)
  • a few garbage bags (the small bags for dog poop are fantastic for this)
  • an extra shirt for you! (we always forget about us)
  • a blanket for each baby
  • a hat (sunscreen too if baby is over six months)
  • a bottle for each child (formula filled or powder filled). If you’re using powder, keep an extra serving in a Ziploc just in case.
  • if your breastfeeding pack along some extra breast pads in case you start leaking
  • burp cloths/bibs
  • pacifiers plus spare or two. (On the Go Pacifier Wipes from One Step Ahead wouldn’t be such a bad idea either)
  • enough baby food for one and a half servings PLUS a spoon for each kiddo (if they are older than 6 months) 
  • first aid kit (antibiotic spray, band aids, packet of Advil for you, $20 and insurance card copies for you and the twins along with emergency phone numbers)
  • hand sanitizer and more hand sanitizer
  • a few toys for the road!

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Sources

Dr. Ilona Bendefy, Baby: Day by Day

Dr. Frans X. Plooij and Dr. Hetty van de Rijt, The Wonder Weeks

Marple, Kate, and Dawn Rosenberg. “When to Call 911: How to Tell If Your Baby Needs Emergency Care.” BabyCenter https://www.babycenter.com/0_when-to-call-911-how-to-tell-if-your-baby-needs-emergency-ca_10348508.bc

“Newborn Baby: When to Call the Doctor.” Cleveland Clinic, https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/9692-newborn-baby-when-to-call-the-doctor

“Physical Appearance and Growth: 4 to 7 Months.” HealthyChildren.org, https://healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/Pages/Physical-Appearance-and-Growth-4-to-7-Months.aspx

“How Often and How Much Should Your Baby Eat?” HealthyChildren.org, https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/feeding-nutrition/Pages/How-Often-and-How-Much-Should-Your-Baby-Eat.aspx.

“How Much and How Often to Feed Infant Formula?” CDC.org, https://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/infantandtoddlernutrition/formula-feeding/how-much-how-often.html

“7-Month-Old-Babys-Development” Whattoexpect.com, https://www.whattoexpect.com/first-year/month-by-month/month-7.aspx

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