Should I Hire Help with Twins?

Joe Rawlinson by Joe Rawlinson - September 30, 2021

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.

Helping with Twins

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.

(RELATED: Love podcasts? Check out the entire Dad's Guide to Twins Podcast archive for additional twin tips and interviews with twin dads.)

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.

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.

(RELATED: Check out the Dad's Guide to Twins Youtube channel for additional helpful twin tips and tricks videos.)

Picture by Jill M

Further Reading

Dad's Guide to Raising Twins book
Don't forget to pick up a copy of the definitive guide to raising twins. "Dad's Guide to Raising Twins" was written for fathers of twins to help guide you through the first several years with twins. Click here to learn more about the book and get your copy.

2 thoughts on “Should I Hire Help with Twins?”

  1. A great resource for finding energetic and enthusiastic childcare workers is through a local college or university. Most institutions of higher learning have a link on their website for hiring students looking for employment within the community. If you can’t find this link call the Dean of Students for help in finding interested students. Consider looking for a student studying child development or early childhood education. They are very interested in young children and love practicing what they are learning. However, it is very very important to carefully check all their job references.


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