50 nappy changes, 40 feeds per day – how to raise quintuplets

An incredible 150 people have volunteered to help the Australian mum of quintuplets, who's about to bring them home. Cue noise, nappies and not much sleep...

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Anyone’s who brought a newborn home from hospital knows how great it can be to have an extra pair or two of helping hands around – especially for those early days when the nappy changes and feeds seem endless. 

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So just imagine how much MORE hands-on help you could do with when you’re bringing home 5 babies and you already have another 3 children at home. Gulp.

That’s the situation for Kim Tucci, a 26 year old living in Perth who gave birth to 4 girls and a boy in January – and who are due to come home from hospital very soon.

Luckily, Perth and District Multiple Births Association have stepped in and have asked for volunteers who might be willing to help Kim and family with the daily work plus cuddles:

A nappy change every 30 minutes…. around the clock! Can you help? Email support@pdmba.org.au

Posted by Perth & Districts Multiple Birth Association Inc. on Thursday, January 28, 2016

They’ve asked for anyone willing to help with “a nappy change every 30 minutes” to get in touch – and so far, have around 150 people on their list. Yep, you read that right, 1.5.0. Wow.

The volunteers (who, of course, have all been security cleared as fit to work with children) will be asked to offer between 3 and 6 hours per week and will help out with (wait for it) around 50 nappy changes and 40 bottle feeds a day.

On her Facebook page, Surprised by 5, Kim has expressed how grateful she is to everyone who’s helping her and the family out:

The last few weeks have been frantic. However, I have been lucky enough to have an array of people behind me pushing me…

Posted by Surprised by Five on Wednesday, February 17, 2016

“I have been lucky enough to have an array of people behind me pushing me through,” she said. “I can’t say thank you enough for all the love and support everybody has given me and my family.”

Her babies will be safe in the hands of those volunteering to help out. Many of them are themselves parents of multiples.

One person who’ll be on the roster said, “I am so excited to share that I have been accepted to volunteer to help out Kim Tucci and her family including her 5 newborn beautiful quintuplets…

“This is such an amazing experience that I was so happy to apply for. I can’t wait to meet your family Kim and help you in any way I can.”

So far Kim hasn’t shared any photos of the babies – she’s said this is because, until they come out of hospital, photos are all even her own family has of the little ones.

But rest assured that as soon as she release a pic of the little cuties – we’ll be sharing it right here, so watch this space.

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