Dad of quintuplets shares life hacks he needs to survive

A dad-of-seven has lifted the lid on his clever life hacks following the birth of his quintuplets.

From baby-proofing the entire house, creating his own custom furniture, and inventing his own ways to ensure all five babies can be fed at once, Chad Kempel, 37, has spent the past year putting his creative nature to good use.

The management analyst from San Mateo, US, and his wife, Amy, conceived the quintuplets after suffering four miscarriages, losing their twins who were born prematurely at 22 weeks and undergoing approximately 20 rounds of IUI.

The quintuplets - Lincoln, Noelle, Grayson, Preston and Gabriella - are now 18 months old and have two older siblings, Savannah, four and Avery, three.

Chad and Amy have started filming their life hacks to share with other parents online, they've transformed their transit van into a mobile baby unit, created five seats in the middle of their dining table and Chad has just set the world record for fastest marathon ran whilst pushing a five- baby-stroller.

"When the doctor said he could hear four heartbeats and then a fifth, we couldn't really believe it," said Chad.

"When we found out there would be five, we didn't know how we would cope; but after losing twins in 2013, we knew we had to go for it.

"One of the first things we had to do was create a big playroom, somewhere where we knew they could all be at the same time without any dangers, we had to take anything sharp and valuable out for good."

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In online videos, Chad demonstrates what he's built to help make life raising quintuplets easier.

"We have made all sorts of things to help, including props to hold their bottles for them when feeding so we don't have to feed them one at a time and a custom table that can seat them all at once," he said.

"We also had to convert a transit van into a baby bus, which we have made our own changing table for inside as well as fitting in a television so our older girls have something do when we have to feed and change the quintuplets on a journey, which can take a couple of hours.

"When we feed them now it can get a bit hectic, some of them like to throw their food around, some are quite well behaved, and now and again they'll sit down and actually eat.

"It's a lot like the movie Home Alone when we travel, I'll be running in the front and we'll have our army of children following behind."

Chad and Amy gave birth to their quintuplets in January 2018 and all five babies weighed 2.5lbs (1.1kg) after being born at 27 weeks.

But after initially trying to feed all five individually, Chad decided to build his own furniture to ensure it could be completed in 30 minutes.

"It could take about two and a half hours to get them all fed, by which point baby-one would need feeding again," he said.

"Now we line them all up with a little hook prop I made for each cot which holds their bottles in place.

"We had to find hacks on how to speed things up, clothes stacking is such a simple idea but it speeds up changing so much and I want to be able to help Amy as much as I can when I'm not there, so we have made all these different props to help with the basic tasks.

"Companies do sell stuff that can help deal with multiples, but the prices are crazy, so I just made our own."

Dad of quintuplets Chad Kempel shares life hacks for raising 5 at a time.
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Travelling with the quintuplets became a big issue for Chad's family because they would always struggle to even fit the family in their car.

"I never thought in a million years I would drive a transit van, but we've modified it to fit our family," he said.

"The transit van has space for every child to sit in, a changing table that rests in the already fitted seat head rests, we even fit a TV in there."

Even with seven children to look after, Chad recently gained himself a world record for running a marathon whilst pushing all five quintuplets to the finish line.

He added: "The race was really hard because we had five children to take care of along the way with feeding and changing happening throughout.

"One technique that worked well was double diapering them, whenever they needed changing, I could whip one off and have the next diaper on in half the time and my brother was there on hand to feed them when they needed it."

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