Parents of quintuplets have revealed exactly what it takes to keep their busy household running.
Briana and Jordan Turner, from Kentucky, welcomed Zoey Hart, Dakota Faith, Hollyn Grace, Asher Blaze and Gavin Lane, in May last year following fertility treatment.
To keep the children in clean clothes the couple, who have help from Briana’s mother and a live-in nanny, do at least three loads of washing a day. The babies also go through 60 nappies and at least 20 different outfits in just 24 hours.
The weekly shop involves dozens of pots of baby food and previously the family had to prepare some 40 bottles of milk to keep the quintuplets fed.
Growing family: Briana and Jordan Turner, from Kentucky, welcomed Zoey Hart, Dakota Faith, Hollyn Grace, Asher Blaze and Gavin Lane, in May last year following fertility treatment
Carefully planned: The babies’ bottles are lined up, reveling how many they need in a day
Weekly shop: Dozens of pots of baby food, formula and gallons of milk in a shopping trolley
Siblings (left-right) Zoey Hart, Dakota Faith, Hollyn Grace, Asher Blaze, Gavin Lane
Briana said: ‘It’s absolutely crazy – there is certainly never a dull moment in the house.
‘We are feeding every 30 minutes because as soon as the last baby is fed you are back to feeding the first one. The cycle starts again. It is a bit like an assembly line.
‘They get through numerous bottles a day.
Day out: The Turners had to buy a van to take all five children out at the same time
Shopping haul: More than 10 bags of baby food and formula are needed to keep them fed
Attracting attention: Two double buggies and a baby carrier are needed to take them out
Play time (left to right): Zoey Hart, Dakota Faith, Hollyn Grace, Asher Blaze, Gavin Lane
‘We haven’t really taken them out too much as their immune systems are weak but when we do we certainly attract attention!
Raising quintuplets: By numbers
4: Number of outfits each of the quintuplets wears every day
20:Total number of baby outfits needed per day
3: Loads of washing a day needed to keep the children in fresh clothes
30: Number of minutes between each feed, rotating through each child in turn
40: Number of bottles of milk the children went through as babies
60: Number of nappies used a day
2: Number of double buggies needed for taking the children on a stroll. The fifth is carried in a wrap
1: Number of new cars bought to take all five children on a family day out
‘We usually take them out in twos or threes on different trips.
‘We had to get a van as soon as they were born – obviously our standard car didn’t fit them. But even that’s a squeeze.
‘It is definitely a huge task taking them out and we attract a lot of attention. We can’t really go anywhere without that.’
Briana, 30, and Jordan spent two years trying for a baby before opting for fertility treatment.
The father-of-five admitted he ‘almost passed out’ when the couple found out they were expecting quintuplets.
Jordan, 27, took just a week of paternity leave before returning to work as a crane driver but Briana has help from the full-time nanny and her mother, who arrives at the house every morning at 6am to help look after her grandchildren.
The couple estimates they have already spent thousands on the basic essentials for their children and admit they will have to move into a bigger house as the quintuplets grow.
Help: Ann Turner, Jordan’s mother, plays with her five grandchildren at the family home
Fragile: The quintuplets, pictured as newborns, have weak immune systems
Briana said: ‘Each of them has their own little personalities. It has been really cool watching them grow.
‘We do have to stay to quite a tight schedule and we are adapting that as they grow. Sometimes it does not seem real – this past year has just been a bit of a blur.’
Asked if they will have anymore babies Briana replies: ‘O my goodness – we are done.’
The family have a Go Fund Me page and an Amazon wishlist.