I don't claim to be any form of an expert here, but I thought I would share what worked for us in the first few weeks of Harry and Matthew being born. I am already starting to forget some of the details, and don't want to sound patronising, but believe me, they were the easiest days in hindsight.
Harry and Matthew were born 7 weeks early and had to spend 19 days in SCBU to enable them to feed and grow. During this time, the neo-natal nurses made detailed notes about their feeding and bowel habits, which were available for us to read at the bottom of each cot.
When we came home, I had a notebook and continued with some of this recording for myself. This was useful because when you are tired and have 2 to look after, it can soon become confusing who drank the most milk, how much they drank, what time they fed etc. I could easily see how they were beginning to take more milk as the weeks passed and when the Health Visitor came, she liked how I had recorded what was happening. It saved me having to remember what I had to tell her. I also recorded their nappy changes in there too. Don't get me wrong, it was nothing too detailed, just note form with times and amounts and I only did it for about the first month.
We did buy 2 of everything and there are certain things that you need 2 of. We had 4 moses baskets/cribs. 2 baskets in the lounge and the cribs in our bedroom. The thing I remember from having Lauren, was carting the moses basket up and down stairs morning and night and I didn't want this upheaval with 2 babies. It worked really well.
Not everybody agrees with routine, but I followed Gina Ford's 'Contented Little Baby' with Lauren, My older daughter and I did exactly the same with Harry and Matthew. They slept longer in the night at exactly the same times as each other. If I could kiss Gina Ford then I would. I stuck to the guide for feeding times and sleep times, but didn't put them 'in the nursery' to sleep in the day. I also didn't stick to her rules for mum getting dressed at 8 0'clock and eating a piece of toast - Hilarious. This book lasted me through the first six months and the babies were pretty much 'textbook'.
If I could give any further advice with feeding and routines it would be:
"What you do with one, do with the other!"
If you are doing one nappy then do the other. You have all the stuff out anyway. I simply cannot imagine what it would have been like to not do this.
I bottle fed Harry and Matthew. I stressed myself out before they were born about feeding them on my own. How on earth do you hold 2 babies and 2 bottles, I wondered? Well this is what I did. I used the chairs that you can see in the first picture - they reclined right back on stands and are by Fisher Price. I sat on the floor with my back to the sofa and had one baby in the seat to my left and one to the right. I balanced my arms on the frame of the chair and fed away whilst watching day-time TV.
My final piece of advice would be not to buy too many 'going out' outfits for the first few weeks. My two lived in sleep suits for a very long time. It was just easier to do this, in the beginning.
And that is it really. My baby days in a nutshell! I hope you have found some of this information useful.