The early months with twins are insanely busy and tiresome. As you think through what life will be like with twins, you might think that you’ll need help.
Well, you do need help.
Yes, you and your partner can care for your twins alone, but it will be a lot of work.
You might ask: Should I hire help for the twins?
There isn’t really a question around whether you need help. You can always use helping hands with your twins. When considering if you should hire help, think about who you have available to help you and whether you can afford paying someone.
Recruit Family and Friends First
If you can recruit family or friends to assist you in those early weeks, that is the way to go. You’ll get known and trusted people in your home and will likely not have to pay a dime.
However, getting family and friends to help isn’t always possible. Perhaps you are far away from family or don’t have friends who are available to help in the way that you need.
Hiring Help For Your Twins
If you need to hire help for your twins, it might come in several different forms.
A full-time nanny or au pair might be an option. However, you’ll need to see if having a nanny for your twins is in your budget. Personally, this wasn’t an option for us. However, if both Mom and Dad are working, this could be possible for you.
Consider Part-Time Helpers
Just because you need help doesn’t mean you need help all day, every day. Consider getting help for just a few hours a day. This will help relieve the pressure and might just be enough to be sufficient.
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In this case you could hire a babysitter for few hours a day. This person could help with your babies or even give you a chance to take a nap.
Remember that the safety and well being of your family come first. Only hire someone you know and can trust. If you don’t know them already, make sure they come highly recommended. It is OK to try someone out with your twins to see if it is a good match. If not, move on to other options.
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