Have you ever thought about inventing a product for twins?
This month we caught up with twin mum and inventor of the TwinTrexx Baby Carrier, Julixa Newman. Julixa is the founder of Stuff4Multiples and we think she’s an inspiration to mums of twins that are thinking of starting their own business.
What is your most cherished memory of your twins to date?
I’ve had many cherished moments over the years, but the one that sticks out the most was when one fell asleep on the couch and the other came down to the living room just to kiss her and wish her a goodnight. It’s little moments like that take your breath away.
What was the most important milestone for your twins when you felt life was becoming a little bit easier?
When they started to talk! Oh life just became so much easier when they were able to tell me what was wrong! My Baby A (Ava) spoke a lot sooner than my Baby B (Olivia) and although Olivia could not tell me what she needed she had her sister to tell me for her!
What do you think is the hardest thing about being a parent of twins?
Having twins really takes a toll on you, both physically and mentally. Having to care for two more little ones instantly is not something that comes easily.
What is the best thing about being a Mum of twins?
This is going to sound very cliché, but I must say it’s double the hugs and kisses!
What is the silliest thing a stranger has asked you about your twins?
I once had an old lady ask me in the supermarket if my twins came out “vaginally.” Yes, that was exactly the term that she used. I looked around in horror to see if anyone had heard and caught my breath fast enough to say “ Yes, it was a natural birth.” It took me a whole month to go back to that supermarket. I now laugh as I tell people about it.
Are your twins personalities alike or ‘chalk and cheese?’
Chalk and cheese! One is very shy and the other is very outgoing. One takes it very personally when you tell her “no” while the other gives you a little smirk. It’s interesting how you have to have two different parenting styles at the same time!
What inspired you to create the TwinTrexx baby carrier?
I was jealous of all those moms that were able to carry their singletons close to them during a visit to the mall. It’s very hard to run errands when you have everyone stopping in front of your stroller to see (and sometimes even touch) your twins! I found it amazing how many people took the liberty to just grab them. With the TwinTrexx carrier, that problem is solved. You can wear your babies in 5 different positions. Yes, people will still stop you to look, but it’s a lot easier to get out of it when you’re wearing them.
I carried my twins for 8 months. When I saw how fragile they were when they were born, all I wanted to do was to be able to hold them close to me. This is a perfect way to hold them at the same time.
How old were your twins when you designed, produced and launched the TwinTrexx baby carrier?
My twins were a month old when I designed the TwinTrexx twin baby carrier. Unfortunately, by the time it was produced and ready to market, I was only able to use it for a month as they were a year old by then. Luckily for me, a close friend of mine had twins and I was able to see it in action with newborns and younger babies.
Have you designed any other products designed for twins?
Yes! We have just launched the Twinneroo Twin/Triplet Diaper bag and we are currently working on a jewelry line for mothers of twins.
What’s the best thing about running your own business?
One of the benefits of running my own business is the ability to take a step back and enjoy my family. I can take a day off if someone is sick…or if I just need a little more time snuggling.
What’s the hardest thing about running your own business and being a twin mum?
There are only 24 hours during the day. I would give anything to have just a little more time!
What top tip would you give to a parent of twins thinking of starting their own business?
Take it one day at a time. Some days will be easier than others when it comes to getting everything done and that is just fine.
What is the one thing you would say to someone who has just found they are having twins?
Sleep. For heavens sake stop what you’re doing right now and get some rest. You will thank me later!
Designed For Twins would like to thank Julixa Newman for taking the time out of her busy schedule to talk to us and we look forward to seeing all her new inventions!
Find out more
Would you like to find out more about Julixa Newman and her business Stuff4Multiples?
For more information on the TwinTrexx: http://TwinTrexx.com
Buy Twin Trexx Baby Carrier and Twinneroo Large Changing Bag from Amazon:
See reviews by parents of twins on the Twin Trexx Baby Carrier.
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