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Moms of multiples have new Mom advice for Jennifer Lopez.

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Bringing home twins ain't for the faint of heart! Just ask Mom of 3-year-old twin boys, Jennifer Levinson, who's currently pregnant again with...wait for it...twins again! "The first year with twins is exhausting, overwhelming and at times, just seems like an endless marathon of changing diapers and midnight feedings," she says.

Although J.Lo can afford to hire all the help she needs, we turned to moms of multiples for help.

Twin mama Jennifer Levinson, Mom•Logic staffer and mother of triplets Dulce, and clinical psychologist and mother of twins, Dr. Pamela Varady have this advice for those expecting multiples:

Be Prepared!Stock up a few months in advance for the birth, as multiples are often born prematurely. Buy diapers, wipes, infant bottles and some small cans of formula, wash clothes and blankets and other clothing ahead of time and have all the baby gear purchased and assembled. You'll be scrambling enough without having to put together a crib last minute.

Create A Schedule. Develop and stick to a schedule for everything. Keep the babies on the same feeding and sleep schedule--it will allow for things to be as easy and less stressful as possible. Write down every time there is a diaper change (even how it looks), any medication given and every feeding including amount taken, time and day. This is incredibly useful to reference back to in case there's a question about one of the babies and you just can't remember who did what and when!

Ask for Help! Having twins is a gift, but the work and stress that comes along with them can sometimes be overwhelming. Sleep deprivation and two newborns is a recipe for disaster! Let friends and family help. Schedule with your partner to be "on baby duty" at different given times

Give Yourself a Break. Realize that you may bond with them as a group before you bond to them one-on-one. Don't beat up on yourself for this.

Share the Love. It gets hard. You're only one person and you're outnumbered--sometimes you've got to put one down and pick the other one up. They demand a lot of attention!

Dulce adds, "You'll get sleep when they hit 2 years old. But all of that hard stuff doesn't matter when you look in their little faces and they both (or all) smile at you at the same time." Levinson agrees, "Twins are wonderful and amazing. Parenting twins is unlike anything you can imagine until you experience it."


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55 comments so far | Post a comment now
bethe February 22, 2008, 11:30 AM

best of luck to her! how exciting.

Sandra D February 22, 2008, 12:07 PM

Pah-leez. We don’t need a celebrity to have twins to talk about how to care for them! Wake up people! JLo isn’t like us. She’s not real. She lives in a glass house. I wish her luck but we need to focus on real people.

najah February 22, 2008, 12:15 PM

congratulations, im a mother of 5 kids my last kids were twins girls . i just wanted to tell you to really enjoy your twins and love them dont let nannies get their affection. its only hard the first 3 months ,but after itsa joyfull time believe me you deserve it . we love u a lot .

Najah

sonia February 22, 2008, 12:37 PM

congrats to j-lo. she doesnt nee advice ..she’s gonna have lots of peope ,family giving hr all tha advice ,and help she needs …….best of luck..

elle February 22, 2008, 1:26 PM

congratulations!!!!!

Take care of yourself and those beautiful babies, you’ve got a long fun creative and most importantly,” Motherly” job ever, your children!!!

Kindest,
elle

Shirley February 22, 2008, 1:39 PM

Congrats on the twins! I too am the mother of now 13 year old b/g twins. You survive and yes, help is the most important factor in functioning. Enjoy them, I find there is no other joy the same as a mom of twins!

Anonymous February 22, 2008, 1:58 PM

Jennifer lopez is gonna be a wonderful mother.congratulationsssssssss

Godbless

baby February 22, 2008, 2:22 PM

please she is not even going to take care of them they will have a live in nana, just like all the stars do, how many stars you think really take care of the kids???????? you know its true

angela February 22, 2008, 2:36 PM

Well congrats on the babies, but NON-Celebrity women give birth to twins everyday in this country so jennifer isnt any different other than she can afford everything they need!!! I have girl/boy twins and they are a handful!! Im not any more special that Jennifer other that her bank account. We act like she is the only person in the world to have twins, Hey Julia Roberts did it a few years back—remember!!

Katy February 22, 2008, 2:59 PM

I cant believe someone would say she isnt real how rude, she is too a real person like any of us, and a proud mother now congrats to JLO on her wonderful new baby girl and boy, and shame one you Sandra D who are you to say anything maybe we think your not real

Moira February 22, 2008, 3:27 PM

are you serious. she will have two nannies for each of them. cmon she is a diva. she wont raise those kids. she will be in the gym getting her body back.

anonymous February 22, 2008, 4:06 PM

Mazel Tov!

TERRY DiLUCCA February 22, 2008, 4:23 PM

WISH YOU BEST OF LUCK JLO AND TO MARK
HAVE TIME OF YOR LIFE WITH THE TWINS
AND ALWAYS GIVE THEM PLENTY OF LOVE???

danielle February 22, 2008, 4:47 PM

jlo s gona be a gayt mom and he is gona bea gayt dada or papabuea suelte

Anonymous February 22, 2008, 5:07 PM

Congrats to her. Lucky, lucky Jen! She will have round the clock help with those babies, and before we know it she will be back performing looking gorgeous.
I have three month old twin girls and boy, oh boy is it work, and I have NO help with the babies. NONE! My husband is out of the house for over twelve hours a day, and I am alone.
I have ZERO sympathy for Jen, and she is certainly NOT Jenny from the block, unless you count Millionare’s Island a block ;)

twins r ppl 2!!!!! lola February 22, 2008, 6:11 PM

treat them as individuals and not as a package deal. i should know, i am a twin.

tita garcia tift February 22, 2008, 6:14 PM

jenn and mark i want to send my happyness to both of you jenn. this is the first time has a mom enjoy it and spend lots of time with them they will never leave and they will love you unconditional. i am working on having twins i hope. mark cong. to u again you have a great soul &spirte enjoy the kids. con muncho amore

Nadia February 22, 2008, 7:08 PM

What is wrong with you people and your negative comments? You’re obviously not satisfied with your life. CONGRATULATIONS JLO & Marc, mi flaco bello!!!! JLo is going to be a wonderful mother!!! I wish her the best of luck!!!

P.S. Angela…..it’s spelled T-H-A-N, not T-H-A-T!!!!

Vanessa February 22, 2008, 7:09 PM

congrad on the babies i don’t know what it feels like to have twins but i do have 3 kids

nancy February 22, 2008, 8:04 PM

I love JENNIFER AND MARK ANTHONY
MAY GOD BLESS U BOTH… NOTHING BUT BEST WISHES…..CONGRADULATIONS….


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