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As a mom of twins with a total of four kids, Melissa Perry Moraja knows firsthand that having twins is more tiring than having a singleton. Moraja, a North Carolina-based children’s author and illustrator, found that she slept more and ate more when pregnant with multiples. The weight gain was taxing as well, she says. “I was a 125-pound person who couldn’t even fit into my husband’s extra large clothes at 32 weeks pregnant,” says Moraja. Preparing for and parenting multiples includes considering self-care, baby care and support systems.

Unless you have many unoccupied bedrooms in your house, it’s more economical to keep multiples in the same room, says Jenn Kelner, a certified child sleep consultant in Toronto and mother of 2-year-old twin boys. Bunking together also enhances the bond your babies have with each other. “They have been together since conception, so to keep that multiple bond close, parents should avoid moving them into separate bedrooms,” she says. “If they keep them together, the children quickly get used to each other’s noises, which rarely disrupt their sleep.”

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