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FAQ Section 2 ~ Preparing for Multiples
How can I handle the cost?

It's a little intimidating to think about the costs involved in setting up a nursery for multiples (along with feeding and clothing!). Our survey parents share some great advice . . .

We were fortunate to have very many generous people around us who bought the babies clothing, diapers, and equipment. ~Ronna, mother of twins

We received many gifts, including cash that covered the initial cost. After that, we've just managed somehow. It isn't nearly as hard as I thought it would be - the money we used to spend on eating out or going to the movies now goes toward baby clothes, diapers, formula and daycare. Things just have a way of working themselves out. ~Joyce, mother of twins

We bought gently used items at resale shops and garage sales. ~ Valerie, mother of twins

We got lots of help from grandparents, and we clip coupons. ~Bobbi Jo, mother of twins

We sold a new car and bought a used one. We also cut corners big time. ~Coleen, mother of twins

I got a lot of presents before the babies were born and received over $600 in gift certificates to Babies R Us and Target. I also started buying diapers at 20 weeks of pregnancy. I would buy two packs a week based on the coupons I had and which store was having a sale. I have never spent more than $8 for a jumbo pack of Huggies or Pampers and by stocking up early, I buy a pack a week and we have plenty of diapers and don't have to budget that much each week. ~Jenni, mother of twins

I started early. I tried to pick up one or two things each time I went shopping early in the pregnancy. Also, I hit a lot of yard sales and second-hand/consignment shops. I also had friends who went to yard sales and kept their eyes open for good deals for me. ~Lutey, mother of twins

A lot of help!! Our family was so helpful with buying diapers and formula. ~Liz, mother of twins

We were fortunate that we received a lot from friends and relatives but I found the best way was whenever I went grocery shopping, I bought a little extra - nappies, powder, soap, etc. Plus also buying household goods and stocking up because once they were born, I didn't have the leisure of shopping at my own pace. As soon as we found out I was pregnant, we started stocking up buying everything before they were even born. That way there is no stress if they come early. ~Cassandra, mother of identical twins

We breastfed and used cloth diapers. ~Dionne, mother of twin boys

We went to as many community sales as possible; the best ones were the ones run by local twin clubs. ~Colleen, mother of twins

We still had leftover items from our previous baby, and we borrowed a lot. ~Susie, mother of twins

As we already had children, we had most of what we needed. The only major thing was a double pram and a larger car, but luckily, family has helped us out money-wise with these things. ~Kelly, mother of twins

Even though we received many things from others, we still had many expenses. I am a stay at home mom, and this greatly reduced our income. We are on a tight budget, and we have reevaluated our choices for spending and our lifestyle to make ends meet. ~Melanie, mother of twins

We had to make sure we budgeted better. I always made sure to find coupons for formula and diapers. Also, there are many companies that have free offers for parents of multiples. Similac sent a free case of formula. ~Tami, mother of twins

We bought diapers months in advance, searched yard sales for gently used baby clothes and shoes, and stocked up on convenience foods for our older children for immediately after the births. ~Michelle, mother of twins

It was tough at first, but then we adjusted. ~Lynn, mother of twins

We saved at every opportunity, and bought in bulk (diapers, wipes, formula, etc.). ~Megan, mother of twins

I quit my job to stay at home with my children. ~Lisa, mother of twins

I breastfed for nine weeks, then we just bought things slowly. ~Alisa, mother of twins

My husband and I quit smoking. ~Starr, mother of twins

As soon as we found out we were expecting triplets, my husband set up an account and put money in it every month. We were lucky that we received most of our big-ticket items from family so it was more the day-to-day stuff for the girls that we needed to buy. ~Sheryl, mother of triplet girls

I found some great deals on eBay. Cheap, good quality, fun, and I don't have to leave my house!. ~Emily, mother of quadruplets

Our Multiples' FAQ:
          Section I - Suspecting and Diagnosing Multiples
          Section II - Preparing for Multiples
          Section III - Pregnancy & Childbirth
          Section IV - NICU
          Section V - Going Home/Postpartum
          Section VI - As They Grow
          Section VII - Resources
          Section VIII - Miscellaneous/Special Tips & Inspiration

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