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Flying with twins or triplets or more – Tips to make your flight easier

Flying with triplets

Are you planning a holiday?  Or perhaps you need to fly to attend a family event.  Don’t worry, the trip won’t be as bad as you think.  Here are some tips to ensure a smooth flight when you are flying with twins or triplets or more.

Flying with twins or triplets or more – Tips to make your flight easier

Consider your routine and the timing of the flights

Look at your routine and try to choose a flight time that suits your routine the best.  Stick to their usual routine as much as possible i.e if you feed, wrap, sleep, then do the same on the plane.  Hopefully the white noise of the aircraft hum may help them sleep.

ID for under twos

For babies under two, you may be asked for proof of their age.   Consider carrying their government issued baby book a certified copy of their birth certificates.  The airline check in staff may request proof of their date of birth and can even deny boarding, which you don’t want.

Child Restraints

Car seats may be taken on-board if they are approved for air travel (check with your airline for more information).  An airline seat must be purchased in order to be able to use a car seat on-board.   Another option is a CARES harnesses.

Bassinets

If you require bassinets, they must be pre-booked.  Bassinets only suit up until certain weight and are only available on certain planes.   Check with the airline for more information.

Airline seats

Some airlines allow both the rear and the forward doors to be used.  Seats near an exit will make disembarking with multiple (fidgety and impatient!) children so much easier.  Seats near an exit also are closer to the toilets.

Every person on-board (including infants) requires access to an oxygen mask.  Depending on how many people and babies/children you are travelling with and due to the configuration of the plane you are travelling on, you may be seated across the aisle from one another.   While this may be inconvenient, it is law that everyone has access to an oxygen mask.

Travelling on your own with infant multiples

If you need to travel on your own with your multiple infants only one is allowed “on your knee”, regardless of their age.  Each additional infant must occupy a seat, for which the applicable child fare must be paid.  They must also be able to sit upright without assistance.  Or you may need for them to travel in an approved Child Restraint.  Another option is to purchase a seat for someone (friend or relative) to travel with you.

Travelling with twins

Getting to and from the airport

Driving – Airport parking is getting cheaper, just double check it’s not an “off site” parking lot.  As this will require you to catch a mini bus from the car park to the airport.

Taxis/Ubers – Check the local rules per state, as they differ.  Some states done require car seats in taxis, others do.  You may be able to request a taxi with a car seat, or alternatively you  may be allowed to put your own seats in the taxi.   In some Uber types you can request an Uber with child seats.

Getting from the taxi to the plane

This will vary from airport to airport and airline to airline.  Sometimes they may let you take your pram to the gate.  Or some airports may have airport strollers you can borrow.  If all else fails you will need to carry/wear your multiples.   One annoying (but necessary) thing to be aware of is that you will need to take your babies out of the pram or carriers to go through security.

One thing to consider, depending on the age of your multiples and the size and cost of your pram, is that you may want to consider just taking two single cheap strollers.  Single strollers are so much easier to manoeuvre in crowded area.  Plus it means you won’t get all the questions that come with multiples!!!  Obviously this will only work if you are travelling with enough adults.  If you do take your own pram, rest assured the airline will take utmost care with your pram.  However, like all luggage, there is always a chance it may get broken or go missing.

On the plane

The airline staff may not be able to assist you as you board or deplane as that is one of their busiest times.

Consider using car seat protectors, even if they are toilet trained, just for peace of mind.  Or alternatively nappy pants could be useful for the flight.  There will be many times when the “fasten seatbelt” sign is on throughout the flight.  And toddlers being toddlers, will no doubt need to go to the toilet at this time.

If you are using nappies, pack in ziplock bags several ‘grab and go’ basic nappy changing packs.  Be prepared and pop them in the seat pocket in front of you.   Don’t leave them in your bag in the overhead compartments.  Ensure you take a change of top at least for each adult, as even if your children aren’t usually vomiters, they may get airsick.

If you have older multiples and a long flight, consider wrapping up their ‘entertainment’ in colourful paper, like presents.  They love the ‘surprise’ concept. You can drip feed it to them during the flight.  Cheap ideas could be a toy or book from the $2.00 shop, small playdoh, a matchbox car, colouring in, sticker sheets, tub etc.  Anything you don’t mind ‘losing’.

Most other passengers will be very understanding of people travelling with babies – particularly several little babies.  Remember, you paid your money, the same as them.  Even the “best” kids have tough moments.

Rest easy – this is the one place that you can practically guarantee people won’t give you dirty looks for giving your children access to an iPad or Tablet device.

Flying with twins

Take off and landing

The cabin pressure can hurt little ears, especially as they don’t grasp the concept on how to help “pop” them.  To help them, offer them something to suck – breast, bottle or bottle of water or dummy if not a feed time. If a bit older, suggestions include a food pouch or a lolly pop.

Food and drink

Snacks!  Take lots of snacks!   If you have ordered a special meal i.e. child or infant meal, call the airline to confirm it.  In regards to the adult meals, consider ordering one ‘special’ meal as that generally comes out first (i.e. vegetarian). One person can then quickly eat their meal so there is always one person able to help the children with their meal.  It is worthwhile taking some backup food (sandwiches or pre-made food pouches etc), just in case they decide they don’t like the food provided.

 

Air travel can be very dehydrating, particularly for little ones.  Make sure you offer water frequently.  But remember that the change in cabin pressure will cause a build-up in your water bottle.  Many an unsuspecting parent or nearby passenger has been sprayed with water upon opening a child’s water bottle.

Thankfully liquid restrictions on domestic flights don’t exist.  This means you can take all the formula, special milks or water you may need.

 

If all else fails, and it all goes tragically wrong, remember………………you are highly unlikely to see any of the other passengers again.

Remember, having one baby is hard work, having 2, 3 or 4 multiplies that exponentially. Regardless of what is happening for you at this point I your life, I’m sure you are doing a great job!!

You’ve got this!!!

Take care,
Naomi

Naomi -Twinfo

Passionate about all things multiple, Naomi is the founder of Twinfo.

Naomi is a Parenting Blogger and a Brand Ambassador, but most important of all she is a twin mother who understands.

Twinfo provides a connection to resources, information, products and service providers who specialise in supporting multiple births at every stage of their life.

Connect with Naomi and the Twinfo community via the Twinfo Website, FaceBook Page, Facebook Group, Pinterest or via the Twinfo Instagram page.

Twin relationship – Seven year old twins

seven year old twins

Our girl/boy twins are our only children, and they have always had a close twin relationship.  Sure they fight and annoy each other occasionally (and we had the odd biting incidents which you can read about HERE), but it’s never serious, or lasts long.  I’ve got friends whose twins fight ALL THE TIME, so I am grateful that ours enjoy being together. And let’s be honest, it’s not like they have much choice!!

They are now 7 years old, and are in year one at school.    And we have got to the point where it is starting to drive me a bit batty!

In the last week alone we have had the following twin relationship “incidents”.

  1. Girl twin took a ball to school (to play handball with). Another girl in the class took the ball off her.  Boy twin steps in and takes ball back of the other girl.  And then throws it at her face “because she took the ball off my sister”.
  2. In the car on the way home from school (same day as the above ball ‘incident’) and the kids asked for a tic tac each. I said that as boy twin had not done the right thing at school by throwing a ball at his classmates face that he couldn’t have a tic tac and that  the girl twin could have both.  Cue tears from boy twin. I gave the girl twin two tic tacs. The following day after school they asked for another tic tac, and then pipe up with the story about how yesterday the girl twin had given BOTH her tic tacs to the boy twin.  Even though he was the one who was in trouble and not allowed to have any.  She forfeited both hers to make him happy.
  3. I go walking at night with another mum from their class, and she tells me “how cute it was” when girl twin asked boy twin if he wanted her to sign in for him so he could go to the toilet before the bell went. Signing in at their school means writing their name and doing some counting etc.
  4. Girl twin loses first tooth right on bedtime (this is a momentous occasion as neither had lost a tooth yet, and most of their younger class mates have lost several). Girl twin is crying as it is bleeding, boy twin risks the wrath of both parents who just want them to get into bed by jumping back out of bed to take one of his favourite soft toys to her to cuddle.  5 minutes later boy twin starts crying as he hasn’t lost a tooth yet.  So girl twin offers for him to sleep with her tooth.
  5. I threatened the boy twin that I was going to vacuum up his Lego if he didn’t pick it up. Girl twin starts crying saying “No Mummy, don’t do that I will pick it up for him”.

Twin relationship

Other twin relationship “incidents” include:

  • When one twin refused to eat their dinner and was sent to bed. We find out the next day that the other twin had raided the biscuit tin and fruit bowl and snuck food down to the one in trouble without us knowing.
  • Boy twin bit another kid at Kindy last year as he bit his twin sister.
  • At their school sometimes the group in the class (they are in the same school, but different groups) gets a prize. Boy twin chose something that he though girl twin would like and gave it to her.  Teacher though it was “sweet”; so let boy twin choose another prize for himself.  This totally defeats the purpose as now girl twin has a prize and no one else in her group does.  And the prize was awarded for good work!
  • If one of them has to go to the doctor/dentist/hairdresser and the other doesn’t, and the one going gets a lollypop or sticker they always ask for one for their twin. Girl twin had a blood test once and promptly gave the soft toy she was given to the boy twin as “he likes teddy bears”.
  • You can’t take one out for some one on one time and buy them a special juice or something without them insisting we take one back for their twin.
  • If you give them a biscuit/end of a carrot when cooking/drink of your drink they always take it over to their twin first before coming back for more. Often there isn’t anymore, as it was the last one or something so then I need to find something different for the twin that I originally gave it to.
  • They will give up their favourite soft toy for the night to the other twin if the other twin is sad or sick.

7 year old twins

 

One of their current games is a song and dance that they have made up.  It involves girl twin chasing boy twin around the house to catch him.  She then cuddles him and does an awkward looking “wedding shuffle” with him singing “I love you, I love you, I’m going to marry you, I’m going to marry you, I’m going to marry you because I love you, I love you”.  Boy twin screams and tries to get away.  But then goes on to ask girl twin to “can we play that again”.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m pleased that their twin relationship is so close.  But sometimes it makes setting boundaries and accepting consequences very hard.  Also I fear that our boy twin is starting to just “assume” that his sister will do things for him.

I’m sure others multiples have a similar twin relationship where they do similar things.  Tell us in the comments what things your multiples do for each other.  Things which make you smile and cringe at the same time.

 

 

 

Naomi -Twinfo

Passionate about all things multiple, Naomi is the founder of Twinfo.

Naomi is a Parenting Blogger and a Brand Ambassador, but most important of all she is a Twin Mother who understands.

Twinfo provides a connection to resources, information, products and service providers who specialise in supporting multiple births at every stage of their life.

Connect with Naomi and the Twinfo community via the Twinfo Website, FaceBook Page, Facebook Group, Pinterest or via the Twinfo Instagram page.

Giving birth to twins. The miracle of birth. 

Giving birth to twins

(Note from Twinfo:  This is the final part of a five part series, where we will follow Nissa’s journey.   The links to the other four parts of her story can be found at the end of this post.)

Author: Nissa Vagg

Giving birth to twins

 

The Miracle of Birth

Two days after being discharged, I went to visit my childhood best friend Zoe. I probably shouldn’t have because I could barely touch the steering wheel, only the very tips of my fingers could reach, but she was cooking me dinner and was going to help me decide which rentals to apply for in Tassie. Dinner was lovely, we found a few houses that looked good, and as I stood up from the couch to leave something popped…. I guess that was the pop I had been expecting, but it still took me by surprise. Water started pouring out from between my legs, and I gasped and ran to the toilet to check what was going on. It was happening – my waters must have broken; the babies were coming. Thankfully we were only 10 minutes from the hospital, and in a blur of apprehension and excitement, Zoe drove me in.

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Twin pregnancy third trimester – The first labour

third trimester twins

(Note from Twinfo:  This is the fourth part of a five part series, where we will follow Nissa’s journey.   The links to the other four parts of her story can be found at the end of this post).

Author: Nissa Vagg

Twin pregnancy third trimester

 

The Move

After that day at the hospital, Ross didn’t feel comfortable leaving me in NSW while he started his course because the nearest ‘real’ hospital with a birthing suite and obstetrician was over an hour away. So, over the next few days he moved all our belongings back into storage, loaded up the trailer and the dog, and we drove back to Victoria. My mother and her husband lived much closer to a big university hospital, so I went to stay with them while Ross went off to Tassie to start his training. If all went according to plan, when Ross finished his course he would come back to Victoria for the birth, we’d spend a few weeks learning the ropes of parenthood with family around to help, then we would all head over to Tassie together and start our amazing new life.

It sounded perfect in theory.

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Twin pregnancy second trimester – Our big scare

second trimester twins

(Note from Twinfo: This is the third part of a five part series, where we will follow Nissa’s journey. The links to the other parts of her story can be found at the end of this post).

Author: Nissa Vagg

 

Twin pregnancy second trimester

The Scare

Apart from being super sick, my pregnancy in the beginning was fairly uneventful, as I imagined a pregnancy should be. Until at 16 weeks, I started bleeding. It was a normal day at work, but feeling strangely wet, I rushed off to the bathroom – there was so much blood. Panic instantly consumed me, and my heart was breaking for my babies, was I losing them? Oh God not my beautiful babies, were they already gone?  I didn’t see how there could be this much blood if that weren’t the case, but I also couldn’t believe they were gone. I had pictured us together, I was going to hold them and name them and live happily ever after… they were meant to live… this wasn’t supposed to happen.

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Twin pregnancy first trimester – The Waiting Game

pregnant twins

(Note from Twinfo:  This is the second part of a five part series, where we will follow Nissa’s journey.   The links to the other parts of her story can be found at the end of this post.)

Author: Nissa Vagg

Twin pregnancy first trimester

 

The Waiting Game

Twins… two babies, at the same time! My whole body was buzzing with the excitement of it. It was like every hair on my body was tingling and I was so bummed that I had to wait seven and a half months before I could meet them. Of course, I would have been incredibly excited to be having one baby, but to be given TWO, the excitement was genuinely like we had won Tattslotto – I knew the odds were probably about the same and never in a million years could I have imagined that it would happen to us. The news might have been amazing but unfortunately my pregnancy was not. It was horrible. Seriously – it was a truly unpleasant experience. Not that I expected it to be a walk in the park, but I was surprised by how little I enjoyed the process of creating life.

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Finding out we were pregnant with twins

pregnancy test twins

(Note from Twinfo:  This is part one of a five part series, where we will follow Nissa’s journey from when she found out she was pregnant with twins to their birth.  Links to the other parts of her story will be at the end of this post)

Author: Nissa Vagg

Introduction

I was 29 when I found out I was pregnant. It was a hot summer day in 2017, not long after New Year’s, and not a single thing following that day was as I imagined it would be. Not that I had spent my life dreaming of exactly how this pregnancy, birth and our life would go, but I just thought things would be different. The image in my mind was a bit like the filtered photos you see on social media: setting up the nursery in a stable home that we own… Me lying on a beach with my cute little tummy sticking up at the sun… My husband holding my hand and watching with awe as our baby comes into the world… And delightful (although sleepless) early days full off baby gazing and cute outfits. But it wasn’t like that at all, instead it was real life. It was hard, and scary and full of ups and downs. At times I really struggled to cope with my reality and my emotions and I mourned the loss of the way (I thought) it was meant to be.

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Twinterview with 32 year old identical twins – Kimberly and Jemma

twin relationship

Adult twins Kimberly and Jemma are 32 years old.   Twinfo recently interviewed them about their twin relationship.

Jemma lives on the South Coast of New South Wales, Australia while Kimberly is currently living in Vancouver, Canada.

Are you identical twins or fraternal twins?

J – Identical

K -Identical

What do you like best about being a twin?

J – She is my other half, someone I know who will always love me and be there for me no matter what.

K -That you always have someone to support you – a permanent best friend!

What is the worst thing about being a twin?

J – The comparisons! No one would ever talk about normal siblings being the ‘nicer’ one or the ‘smarter’ one! It is just plain rude, particularly when this is said directly to you both and it is very possible that we can both be equal in our ‘niceness’ or ‘smartness’ or whatever it is we are being called at the time!

K -The fear that anything bad would ever happen to her.

What differences do you have to your twin?

J – I am more anti-social I think! I like to have a small but close group of friends, while Kimberly is a social butterfly and makes friends wherever she goes! Kimberly is more of a gypsy- she has lived multiple lifestyles in our 32 years whereas I have lived one haha!! I admire her bravery in tackling new things and I love that she always has my back, even when I’m being a pain in the ass!

K -We lead very different lives at the moment, she has a family and a mortgage, and I am single and living overseas. She is lovely and kind and worries a lot more than I do. I am quite blunt and take more risks.

Identical twin relationship

 

What are other people’s reactions when they first meet you and find out you are a twin?

J – Always pleasantly surprised and want to know more about Kimberly and our relationship. We are fiercely protective of each other.

K -They are surprised and excited! They always want to see a picture of her. Some people think it’s weird.

How often do you contact each other?

J – It has been a little bit harder as Kimberly is in Canada but we very rarely go more than a few days without talking… I have 3 small boys too which means I can’t always pick up the phone when I want to! It can range from multiple times a day to every few days…

K -At least once or twice a week now (it was nearly every day but the 17 hour time difference is hard).

How often do you see each other?

J – At the moment not much! I wish Canada was closer! But when Kimbo is in Australia perhaps at least once a month or so (we lived 2 hours from each other and I have had three babies over the past 5 years so it was harder to schedule).

K -Now it’s once every year, when I was living in Australia it was roughly once a month (we lived 2.5 hours apart).

identical twins

Do you have other siblings?

J – Yes, we have an older brother. I love him so much but as Kimberly and I have shared so much of our lives in each other’s pockets, having the same friends and also being the same gender and doing the same things, I think we are closer – we shared a womb!!

K -Yes, an older brother (2 years)

What career path have you taken?

J – I work in the tourism industry and digital marketing, while Kimberly has worked in the media – and is currently working in the finance industry. Even though they sound quite different there are definitely parts which overlap – we were both working in government roles – however Kimberly is much more driven, successful and organised than I am!

K – I am an Executive Assistant at a financial management firm currently, but my career is in the media / broadcast industry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Naomi -Twinfo

Passionate about all things multiple, Naomi is the founder of Twinfo.

Naomi is a Parenting Blogger and a Brand Ambassador, but most important of all she is a twin mother who understands.

Twinfo provides a connection to resources, information, products and service providers who specialise in supporting multiple births at every stage of their life.

Connect with Naomi and the Twinfo community via the Twinfo Website, FaceBook Page, Facebook Group, Pinterest or via the Twinfo Instagram page.

Unwrapping your babies- When to stop wrapping twins and triplets?

When to stop wrapping twins

Sleep Consultant, Amanda Bude from Groovy Babies, shares her inside tips about when to stop wrapping twins and triplets.

There is nothing like the joy of bringing your bubs home! Those newborn snuggles, squishy little thighs and cute little button noses make us multiple families feel blessed as we have 2 or more to adore! All can be great until they start to cry and become unsettled.

Just imagine for months your bubbas have been cocooned tight inside their womb cot, nestled against you and each other. It’s dark, floaty and very very noisy inside and becoming earth side can bring an abrupt end to that safety and security!

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