The First Year with Twins 10 Months Old

First Year with Twins 10 months old

Learn what to expect with your infant twins 10 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 10 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 9 months as a twin parent and you’re now heading into your tenth 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 10 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.

This first year is 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 10 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! Check out our mentorship program here

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?

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Twins 10 months old

What to Expect with Twins 10 Months Old

  • At 10 months old, your twins can use both hands simultaneously with confidence and they are proud to show their skills off to you. Give them plenty of praise for any achievements.
  • At this age your twins’ pincer grip is fully developed. Offer them a variety of finger foods at meal times to practice picking up food and dropping it in their mouths. You may want to place a plastic sheet on the floor under their high chairs to catch all the food that will inevitably end up there. Or just get a dog! LOL!
  • Most family dinners can be eaten by your twins too. Make sure the texture is just right by pureeing, mashing, or finely chopping up whatever you’re having for dinner. Avoid processed sugary foods that can harm emerging teeth.
  • Your twins are becoming more independent and wanting to do things their way. Gone are the days when they were two little lumps that barely moved! You may want to start adding in extra time in your routine for leaving the house because inevitably (at least) one of them will slow down the process and make you late. Plan ahead the night before an appointment to pre-set your stroller, diaper bag, and other essentials right by the door to save you time.
  • Having problems with diaper rash? Try having your babies go diaper less for 15 minutes, which will help air out their skin and let the rash clear up faster. You may want to lay some towels on the floor first!
  • Your twins are getting more anxious around strangers and they don’t like being separated from you now, also known as separation anxiety. This is a totally normal part of social development. Follow their lead and let them go at their own pace when introducing them to new people. Show the new person a few tricks that always makes them laugh and stay there to reassure your twins there’s nothing to worry about.
  • If you haven’t already invested in an expandable play yard (buy on Amazon) with a floor mat (buy on Amazon), are you even a twin parent? LOL! Setting up a gated area with a soft padded floor will allow your twins to roam freely and play with each other in a safe place without getting into everything in your house. Set up stations (called “centers”) inside the play yard so they have plenty to do and they can switch from one station to another. Read more about centers here.
  • Now that your babies are likely able to pull themselves to standing, throw on some music and have a baby dance party! Wiggling, swaying, bouncing — these are all moves your 10 month old can do with very little effort. Enjoy some 1-on-1 bonding time with each baby by getting down on your knees and holding their hands to dance.
  • No need for shoes just yet. The best shoes at this age are their bare feet! Walking barefoot helps build their arches and encourages the ankles to strengthen. If a shoe is necessary, look into soft soled cruising shoes that give complete flexibility (buy on Amazon).
  • Babies are most likely to utter their first word at around 10 or 11 months. “Dada” is the most common first word, as the D sound is easier to pronounce than M (sorry moms). Don’t be surprised if you hear “dog” or “duck” before “mama” (and try not to take it personally.)
  • Worried that one twin is developing faster than their twin? This is totally normal, even with identical twins. Try your best not to compare the two. It’s so hard not to! This will be one of your biggest challenges throughout their lives.
  • Try not to label your twins, such as “the shy one” or “the loud one”, which can put your kids in a category that may be difficult to change later on in the eyes of your family and friends. Discourage your family members from doing the same as well. As the twins grow, it’s important that they feel valued as individuals as well as having a close relationship as twins.
  • Keep an eye out for those 1st year molars. They often surface towards the end of the first year and when they come in expect a few rough days. Find some teething tips here.
  • At 10 months old, your twins will be taking 24 to 32 ounces of breast milk or formula in a 24-hour period, plus solid foods three times a day.
  • Expect to go through 70 diapers per week for twins from now through their first birthday. 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. If leaks are happening just at night, switch to an overnight diaper (buy on Amazon) or add a diaper booster pad (buy on Amazon).
  • 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.
  • 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 or join our Twiniversity monthly twin club on Zoom by signing up for a Twiniversity Membership.
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Common concerns from the moms who have been there with twins 10 months old

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Milestones & developmental leaps parents have noticed with twins 10 months old

What’s going on with development in twins 10 months old?

  • One or both of your babies are probably trying to pull themselves up to standing around this time.
  • You might see that your twins have finally mastered the pincer grasp. This opens a new world of snacking and playing for your twins.
  • You may see your twins waving their hands hello and good-bye. They’ve learned this from mimicking you!
  • One or both of your twins can probably understand the word “no”.
  • Play peek-a-boo with your twins. They are finally understanding this concept.
  • Your twins might be attempting their first steps now! Get the camera ready! Walking is common by age one, so don’t worry if they aren’t trying yet.
  • You twins are becoming more mobile than ever. Have you started babyproofing? Read about keeping your twins safe around the house here.
  • Your twins are probably trying to stand unassisted by now. Be prepared for lots of falling as they get their balance.
  • Your babies are probably pointing at things with their fingers.
  • Once that first tooth breaks through it’s time to start a consistent oral care routine. 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 are probably sitting up without assistance now.
  • Your babies should 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.
  • Your babies are probably clapping now.

Inform your doctor if your child:

  • Doesn’t bear weight on legs
  • Doesn’t sit with help
  • Doesn’t babble (“mama”, “baba”, “dada”)
  • Doesn’t play any games involving back and forth play
  • Doesn’t respond to name
  • Doesn’t seem to recognize familiar people
  • Doesn’t look where you point
  • Doesn’t transfer toys from one hand to another
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twins 10 months old

Challenges you might experience with twins 10 months old

There are some challenges to look out for with twins 10 months old

twins 10 months old
twins 10 months old

Tips from Parents of Twins 10 Months Old

Take some tips from experienced twin parents!

  1. Close doors if you are not in the room
  2. Meal prep to save time on the weeknights
  3. Use their individual names often
  4. Let them be more independent when it’s safe
  5. Prep the diaper bag and clothes the night before
  6. Don’t forget to get a nap in when you can

Personal Advice from Parents of Twins 10 Months Old

“Know when to give in and walk away from the stress. Cribs and bouncers are life savers if only for 10 minutes. Two of every major teething toy is a MUST. If a twin has a favorite sippy/trainer cup – buy a billion. Don’t cheap out. Keep them on their nap schedules as best as you can in spite of the time changes. Snacks snacks snacks. They’re growing like weeds and real food/snacks are lifesavers.” Angela Z.

“Stay on alert. They move so quickly and it seems like they can’t crawl one second and are across the room the next. The introduction of solids is hard and stressful. Take it one step at a time. Sometimes babies don’t sleep through the night and it’s ok. Always keep wipes handy. Puffs are life.” Stephanie D.

“Don’t push food too hard if they aren’t taking it try again in a few days. Cold washcloths are the bomb for teething pain. Getting fresh air helped with stuffed noses. Our living room Superyard helps the babies explore, but also stay safe. Coffee. All the coffee. Infant Advil helps best with teething pain at night.” Andrea O.

“Accept help and ask for help. To hold a baby or do the dishes – or even to watch the twins so you can have an hour or two to yourself. Because you’re going to be tired and burnt out. Sleep when you can. Get a nap in when your babies do. You will need it. Even cancel appointments or rearrange schedules. You’re not going to be a very happy momma if you’re exhausted. Be patient with yourself. Take deep breaths. You’re doing a good job. It’s okay if your baby regresses. It won’t last forever. Maybe a week. All babies eventually sleep through the night. Maybe they want an extra feeding. Maybe they just want to cuddle. It’s okay! Let them. As contradictory as this sounds… try to keep a routine. Try to keep the same meal times, nap times, etc. Because having that consistency really helps for them to settle.” Kirsten L.

“Keep a schedule especially night time routine. Promote as much floor time. Roll with the punches. Give a toy or something very interesting while changing the babies — they are quick. Babyproof and consolidate them in one area!” Amy V.

“Stay in a good routine especially bedtime routine. Sleep when you can. Redirect every time they start “fighting”. Make sure you’re introducing new textures and flavors to their diet since bottle time is almost done! Talk them through everything! It helps develop their speech patterns. Double-check baby proofing. Mine have been early walkers (baby A at 7 months!) but Christmas begins a whole new set of things to baby-proof.” Whitney B.

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Questions you might have for your pediatrician about your twins 10 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.

  • Should my twins get a flu shot yet?
  • What foods should we still be avoiding at this age?
  • Should we start a food allergy prevention program?
  • What finger foods should we be starting with our twins?
  • How can we encourage our twins to crawl?
  • Should we be doing anything to prepare for a transition to milk yet?

You might want these items for your twins 10 months old

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  • Self-care items such as makeup, hair products, new clothes, or anything to make you feel human again
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Feeding and nap schedule for twins 10 months old

You’re really going to want a schedule for your twins 10 months old! Be adaptable, but try to be as consistent as you can. Here is a suggested feeding and nap schedule for twins 10 months old.

  • 7:00 – Wake up time! First feeding of the day (bottles or breastfed)
  • 8:00 – Free playtime
  • 9:00 – Breakfast (solids)
  • 10:00 – Nap (at least 1 hour)
  • 11:00 – Feeding (bottles or breastfed)
  • 12:00 – Free playtime
  • 1:00 – Lunchtime (solids)
  • 2:00 – Nap (at least 1 hour)
  • 3:00 – Feeding (bottles or breastfed)
  • 4:00 – Free playtime
  • 5:00 – Dinnertime (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

When it comes to your twins 10 months old, you may feel like they are starting to finally get the hang of sleeping at night and napping. Stick to the plan and the routines you have set up and we promise, any sleep regressions will pass!

The Sleep Lady, Kim West, LCSW-C says: “Remember that bedtime is the easiest time for children to learn to put themselves to sleep. It is when your baby or child has their whole day behind them. Once they master the skill at bedtime, it will be easier to put themselves back to sleep during the night. If you put your child to bed already asleep at bedtime — or almost there —and then ask them to put themselves back to sleep unassisted during the night, you are more likely to see lots of crying and not much progress in your sleep coaching efforts.”

See more of what The Sleep Lady Recommends about your 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. If you feel something isn’t right, it probably isn’t when it comes to your twins 10 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 10 months old

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Don’t forget to do these things with twins 10 months old

Chaos has officially become your new normal your twins 10 months old. We have put together a few things to remember that will surely help you out in the coming weeks. You’ve got this!

  • Check-in with your partner. This is a great time to check in with your partner. Make sure you’re on the same page and taking care of yourselves and each other to prevent twin parenting burnout!
  • Save mementos and take notes. You’ll be glad you have records of everything when you finally get around to setting up those baby books one day!
  • Take pictures. Take more pictures than you think you might want. You’ll be glad you have them when they’re off to school in just a few short years!
  • You know your babies best. Don’t let anyone else convince you of something when it comes to your babies. Trust your instincts and don’t let people push their ideas on you. Remember this when it comes to feeding, sleeping, everything. As long as babies are happy and healthy, you do you!
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Twins Take Flight

Nothing can scare parents of twins more than the idea of flying with two babies.  How will you manage?  What will you bring?  Will you survive the flight without being pelted by peanuts from the people in the neighboring rows?  The good news is that flying with twins can be manageable if you follow my tried and true rules, retain a sense of humor, and don’t forget to bribe your seat-mates.  Here are my best tips for flying with twins:

Don’t Fly Too Soon

Most pediatricians recommend that you wait at least eight weeks before taking your twins on a flight.  While some airlines will allow you to fly with younger infants, it’s always best to follow your doctor’s advice.  If an infant under 8 weeks old gets a cold, it can be a big problem, so evaluate the risk against how important this trip really is.

Pack Extra Extra

Did you know that most airports don’t sell baby gear?  Good luck trying to find a diaper, wipe, or even some formula after passing security.  Make sure to bring much more than you need.  One Twiniversity member arrived at her destination diaperless because she underestimated how many she would need.  Don’t let that happen to you!  We don’t want your twin’s little tushes getting cold.

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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: 8 to 12 Months.” HealthyChildren.org, https://healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/Pages/Physical-Appearance-and-Growth-8-to-12-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

“10-Month-Old-Babys-Development” Whattoexpect.com, https://www.whattoexpect.com/first-year/month-by-month/month-10.aspx

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