You don’t want both of your twins to start walking at the same time.
Simple: attention, time, and back pain.
When your little ones start moving towards walking, odds are they will start pulling themselves up on the couch, bookcases, or anything else they can reach.
The next phase is where you hold their hands while they take tentative steps around the house.
Gradually, your babies will be so confident in walking (but not independent yet) that they will want you to hold their hands and help them walk (run) around the house. They will want to walk all the time.
You are just one person. It is physically impossible to help two babies walk at the same time, particularly when they are just getting started.
A new toddler is extremely unstable and you need both of your hands to help with balance and prevent a disastrous fall or collision.
So if both of your twins want to start walking at the same time, you’ll have to take turns. Either each baby takes a turn or you and your wife each take a baby.
If there is one caregiver–say it is just you or your wife–this creates three problems:
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- First, each baby will have to take a turn walking and odds are this will produce screams, tears, and maybe a temper tantrum. (Sharing and turn-taking is something they will learn sooner than most singletons but they don’t get it at this age yet.)
- Second, you’ll never get a break.
- Third, since you are hunched over all the time to help your little ones toddle about, you’ll quickly have some back issues. Ouch.
So, bottom line? Pray that your twins are on a slightly different developmental scale when it comes to walking. It will make life easier for everyone.