… Dads with infant twins?
I often get calls from people who are friends of friends of friends who want to learn more about au pairs as a child care option.
Yesterday, I got an email from f-o-f-o-f who are expecting twins any day now. Beyond hiring a baby nurse for the first several weeks, they haven’t made any firm plans about childcare, and they wanted to learn more about having an au pair.
Skipping over the part that their twins are almost here, and recognizing that you can’t leave infants under 3 months with an au pair anyway—
That’s what I thought.
Here’s my take on it:
Caring for an infant is hard work, and caring for twin infants is more than twice as hard as caring for one.
(Baby algebra: 1 baby’s care + 1 baby’s care + coordination challenges = 2x + y.)
While some young women are up to the special challenges of caring for babies (vs. toddlers vs. tweens…), I think that it is a very rare young woman (or young man) who could handle two babies between the ages of 3 mos. and 15 months.
Do you think I’m selling au pairs short here? Or do you agree?
Weigh in, and I’ll gather up your comments to send to these dads-to-be.
(Yes, A, the image of the ‘dude with twins’ is especially for you :-) )