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The Second Year with Twins 16.5 Months Old

The Second Year with Twins 16.5 Months Old

Last updated on March 24th, 2023 at 12:56 pm

Learn what to expect with your infant twins 16.5 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 16.5 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 15 months as a twin parent and you’re now well into your 16th 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 16.5 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 second 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 16.5 months old.

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. Learn more about preemie developmental milestones here

The Second Year with Twins 16.5 Months Old
Twins 16 months old

What to Expect with Twins 16.5 Months Old

  • Toddlers need about 11 to 14 hours of sleep a day, including naps. At this age, many take two daily naps that last around one to two hours each.
  • Most toddlers eat three meals and two to three snacks a day, roughly every two to three hours.
  • Your picky eaters might also get picky about the high chair, clamoring to move to the big table with you — so consider a booster seat if your littles seems ready to make the switch.
  • Your formerly wobbly walkers may pick up the pace and find themselves in a ton of trouble. Double check you babyproofing!
  • Some toddlers are terrified of strangers and dogs, while other tots are virtually fearless, which could lead to danger.
  • Don’t be surprised if your toddlers start showing a strong preference for you over everyone else.
  • Your twinnies may decide they suddenly hate the bathtub — so you might just have to climb in there with them, armed with soap crayons and a new fleet of plastic boats.
  • Toddler teething may crank up the crank factor, so be ready with simple soothers like a chilled teething ring or a partially-defrosted bagel.
  • If your toddler hasn’t attempted to throw a ball yet, now might be the month! Catching comes later (around age 3 or 4).
  • 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 16.5 months old

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Milestones & developmental leaps parents have noticed with twins 16.5 months old

What’s going on with development in twins 16.5 months old?

  • Your twinnies will put their fine motor skills to use into almost everything. They will try opening and exploring drawers and cabinets to see what is in them and how they work.
  • Will be able to climb furniture or large stable blocks/platforms and may sometimes use them to reach things.
  • Will likely walk and seldom crawls or falls.
  • Can stand from the floor independently and take several steps forward confidently.
  • Can bend over while standing, squat, pickup an object and stand again without support.
  • Can turn the pages of a book fully from one side to another.
  • May be able to throw a small ball with a forward motion of her arm.
  • May be able to stack two or three blocks.
  • May scribble when given a paper and a crayon, even if you haven’t shown her how to.

Inform your doctor if your child:

  • Doesn’t try to climb furniture.
  • Is not enjoying the company of other kids.
  • Almost never hugs or doesn’t show the need to be hugged.
  • Is unable to eat with her fingers or hold a spoon.
  • Not eating enough or not eating at all.
  • Doesn’t express herself with her voice or through gestures.
  • Still crawls most of the time.

Challenges you might experience with twins 16.5 months old

There are some challenges to look out for with twins 16.5 months old

Tips from Parents of Twins 16.5 Months Old

Take some tips from experienced twin parents!

  1. Encourage your twinnies to walk, especially barefoot, as it develops their balance.
  2. Prepare for them to fight. A lot.
  3. Don’t compare your twins to other mom’s singletons.
  4. Take more pictures than you think you should. They will LOVE to look at them with you soon!
  5. Stick to a daily routine and try putting them to bed consistently at the same time.
  6. Read lots of books to them, even repeatedly, as it helps them identify patterns and learn new words faster.
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Feeding and nap schedule for twins 16 months old

You’re really going to want a schedule for your twins! Be adaptable, but try to be as consistent as you can. Here is a suggested feeding and nap schedule for twins 16 months old. You will notice that milk is primarily given in addition to a meal, not used as a meal itself now.

  • 7:00 – Wake up time! Breakfast and Milk
  • 8:00 – Free playtime
  • 9:00 – Snack
  • 10:00 – Nap (at least 1 hour)
  • 12:00 – Lunch and Milk
  • 12:00 – Free playtime
  • 2:00 – Nap (at least 1 hour)
  • 3:00 – Snack
  • 4:00 – Free playtime
  • 5:00 – Dinner and Milk
  • 5:30 – Bath time
  • 6:00 – Book time & Milk
  • 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!

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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

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.

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. 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

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 16.5 months old

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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 Clinichttps://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/9692-newborn-baby-when-to-call-the-doctor

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

16 Month Old Baby Development Milestones. https://childhood.in/second-year/16-month-old-baby-development-milestones/

“Your 16-Month-Old Child.” What to Expect, www.whattoexpect.com/toddler/16-month-old.aspx.

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