Shop­ping for two

Is it nec­es­sary to dou­ble up on ev­ery­thing? Our twin moms sug­gest the fol­low­ing:

Your Baby & Toddler - - TALKING POINT -

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.

It all be­gins with Pu­rity.

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.”

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