Shopping for two
Is it necessary to double up on everything? Our twin moms suggest the following:
Purity supports and partners with YOU through your pregnancy, birth and your baby’s formative years with a range of products for moms-to-be, babies, and toddlers across nutrition, care, health and mother’s needs. Times have changed but Purity is still made with love and care providing you with the highest quality products backed by our trusted heritage and expertise. Purity will continue to be your partner in motherhood; providing you with quality solutions, so that you can help your baby to be the best they can be.
Purity baby foods are made to the highest standards using baby grade ingredients suitable for your baby’s tummy. The extensive range offers moms and babies: jarred and pouched baby food (including fruit, meals and desserts), cereals (both just add milk AND just add water as well as soft porridges), juices, teas and snacks for babies and toddlers from 6 months of age. As with all manufactured baby food ALL PURITY products are free from preservatives, colours and artificial flavours.
Purity & Elizabeth Anne’s toiletries are specifically formulated with ingredients that are gentle and caring even on sensitive skin. Developed for babies and toddlers to cleanse, soften, moisturise and protect babies’ skin and hair. Purity & Elizabeth Anne’s products will leave your baby’s’ hair and skin soft, smooth, cuddly and smelling like a baby should. All Purity & Elizabeth Anne’s toiletries are endorsed by a consultant Dermatologist and Paediatrician.
Purity Pedia Kids is a comprehensive range of products specially formulated for babies and toddlers to help maintain their health and wellbeing – giving you peace of mind when you need it most! This range consists of Nasal Spray, Arnica Gel, Cradle Cap Cream, Vapor Gel, Cough Syrup, Antiseptic Spray and Gum & Tooth Gel. This range is consultant Paediatrician, Dermatologist and Homeopath approved.
Purity Junior is a range of great-tasting meals, snacks and drinks that your child will love. With a choice of better options, you can build good habits, helping your little ones grow up and be the best they can be. The Purity Junior Range is free from preservatives, artificial flavours and colourants and is a better choice for young children as well as the whole family. The range includes: Flavoured Milks, Fruit Drops, Noodles, Rusks, Biscotti, Instant oats, Soft Muesli and Milkshake Powders, perfect to pop into your handbag, beach bag, picnic bag or party pack.
The winners will each receive a hamper containing a range of toiletries and complimentary medicines (*no nutrition products), plus a few little surprises.
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are little individuals. Some little people follow the rules and others don’t. She may even find one twin fits nicely into a routine, while the other is more of a free spirit. This at least helps with a little predictability.”
Dr Kathryn Chu, mother to fraternal twins (a boy and a girl), says she persevered with a routine, and luckily her babies took to it. “The twins were fed and bathed around 5:30 to 6pm. For the first two months or so they awoke every three hours for feeds. After that they would wake around 10pm and 3am for feeds. After six months, they slept through the night from 6pm to 6am,” she says. Kathryn, who had to return to work when they were six weeks old, says a fulltime night nurse stayed with the family until the twins turned one, and her father moved in with her for the first six weeks. “The twins slept in the same cot until they were able to roll over, and then in separate cots. After six months they slept in separate rooms until they were two years old and started sleeping in the same room again. This was because they were keeping each other from falling asleep by ‘talking’ to each other,” says Kathryn.
Many moms of multiples opt to get a night nurse or family member to help them through the first few rocky weeks. (PS: if you know someone who is having twins, giving them cash as a gift towards this is a winner!) “We had a night nurse every Wednesday and Friday night for 12 months. It gave us the opportunity to sleep and be social. At that time her fee was R400 a night,” remembers Shelley, whose boys slept in the same room, but in separate cots.
Having a night nurse can work wonderfully if your infants are bottle-fed, but what’s a breastfeeding mom to do? “Nighttime feeding is very important for maintaining milk supply,” says Laura. “However, your night nurse can help with burping, changing and settling and can bring the babies to the mom for feeding. This makes sure that mom and baby still have bonding time, but she gets a little extra help. Mom can also express and leave expressed milk for one feed if the babies wake often to feed at night. She can express just before going to bed to help with raising her prolactin levels – prolactin increases in the dark.” Being organised is essential, says Kathryn. “I had a book where the babies’ caregivers would write down all the feeds, nappy changes, and bottles/ food given. It gave me comfort at the end of day that I knew what was happening. We also had lots of family and friends visit and this was extremely helpful. It also allowed me to share my children with loved ones, which is very important to me.”