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Duration: 1 hour

Bringing up one baby is a great experience for many parents, but it can also be stressful and overwhelming. There's the through-the-night feeds, nappy changing, tantrums, not to mention the cost. One baby can set mum and dad back an average of 10,000 pounds in the first year. Now imagine that multiplied when you're bringing up twins, triplets, quadruplets and more. It's happening more and more in Britain, with a large increase in the number of multiples born in the last ten years.

In this eye opening programme, we are on the frontline of parenthood and meet the parents bringing up multiples. We meet young parents to triplets and see their first few weeks as they bring their babies home. We then fast forward to meet other parents further down the line - nine-months triplets, 21-month quadruplets and 5-year-old triplets and twins - to find out what it's really like to raise a big brood. Strict regimes, choruses of tantrums - this is parenting at its most extreme.

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Sat 23 Mar 2013 03:00 BBC Three

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  • Emily (31) & Simon (36) Bates

    Emily (31) & Simon (36) Bates

    Quadruplets – 3 girls & 1 boy Leo, Kayley, Jesse and Carrie

    Now the quads are 21 months old, Emily is able to offer some survival tips.
    ‘Having a strict routine is really important. Don’t forget to get out and about and do normal things. Staying really really calm is important because they sense it. Its not easy at all, that’s been our way of coping’.

    Emily and Simon certainly have a ‘can do’ attitude and even though it is difficult, nothing is going to stop them enjoying raising their brood. They are even planning to take the quads on their first holiday abroad this year.

  • Rachel (29) & Ricky (24) Jones

    Rachel (29) & Ricky (24) Jones

    Triplets & Twins

    Rachel and Ricky Jones have six children including 5 year old twins and 4 year old triplets who were born just ten months apart.

    Ricky and Rachel both remember the first few months were awful. Rachel says ‘With any baby it’s the night feeds that are the hardest, although with these boys it was 3 times as hard. Once they started to feed themselves a little bit of pressure got took off’

    And with both twins and triplets only 10 months apart, how do they cope with dividing their attention? ‘They all want to be shown the same affection and love but they think they have to fight for it. But they don’t. They are good - they know they have to wait for it. It’s just the way they’ve been brought up’

    And like most young parents with babies Ricky and Rachel’s social life has really suffered. Ricky says, ‘People ask don’t you miss going out on the piss? Last time we went out was 3 year ago and that was on our wedding day!!’

  • Kelly Wright (29) and Carl Copeland (27)

    Kelly Wright (29) and Carl Copeland (27)

    Triplets: 2 girls, 1 boy: Cassius, Carenza & Carissa
    Born: 9th January 2011

    Kelly and Carl conceived naturally and gave birth to the triplets by caesarean on the 9th January 2011 when she was only 29 weeks pregnant. The triplets are non-identical and all had their own sacks and placentas. They were in the neonatal unit after their birth for 12 weeks. During this time Carl and Kelly were preparing their home coming.

    The one thing Kelly and Carl dread is the babies all have different feeding patterns. Kelly said: ‘What we will have to do is make a rota, so we know who is being fed so we don’t feed one twice. Also because they were premature, they are on different medications….there is so much to think about. We definitely need a rota’.

  • Megan (29) and Mark (36) Jackson

    Megan (29) and Mark (36) Jackson

    Triplets – Isaac, Fergus and William nearly 1 year (Identical twins and one non-identical) and they also have another daughter - 2 year Phoebe
    Born: April 30th 2010

    After months of 3 hourly feeds and sleepless nights, meal times are becoming less stressful for Megan. Her triplets are nearly one and they are at the stage where she is able to introduce different foods. Even thought milk is still a big part of their diet she is now adding solids which is making life easier. Also they are now sitting up which also helps as Megan explains; 'It was a bit different to start with as they couldn't sit up in their high chairs. They were in recline chairs on the floor.. a bit tricky.a bit more stressful, more screaming, a bit more preparation involved. Now they can have toast, everyday food, so I don't have to prepare purees.it's easier now that they can do it themselves. It helps a lot.

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Executive Producer
Robi Dutta

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