The Challenge of Raising Twins

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Not everyone can handle the challenge of raising twins. Mention twins to most people and watch their eyes bug out as they shake their heads in disbelief. Many people say twins are "double trouble", I say, "they're twice the blessing". Although people think raising twins is extremely difficult, in reality it's because babies naturally cry a lot, parents dread the thought of double diaper duty and teething times two is inconceivable to most people.

Of course it may be said that one crying baby is bad enough so two crying at once must be sheer torture. How can parents hope to get any sleep with two little ones waking at all hours of the night? If they don't need a diaper, they want formula or they're just lonely and want to be held. Consequently, it's easy to see why it looks like two babies crying is much worse than a singleton.

However, having twins myself I can assure you that they rarely cry at the same time. As long as the parents work as a team, everyone gets enough sleep, dad can fetch diapers or bottles while mom holds and calms the little ones. In conclusion, twins actually cry less than singletons because they always have each other for comfort and companionship.

Of course it may be said that diaper changing is bad enough with one baby, having to diaper two babies must be nauseating, not to mention expensive. Having to buy twice as many diapers at twelve bucks a shot; the parents are broke all the time. If the twins get sick and have diarrhea, they need to be changed even more often. The smell alone would be overwhelming. Consequently, it's easy to see why it looks like diapering twins is a lot harder than...