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Twins: Two for the Price of One!

Bullshit. Try two for the price of two. But if you’re pregnant with twins and starting your baby registry, you do not have to buy two of everything! Some things are necessary, that’s true. For instance, you’ll need two carseats. I haven’t figured out a way to safely stack babies in a carseat. You’ll probably need two cribs, though I know many twin mamas who used just one for quite some time. But especially when it comes to toys and nonessentials, the earlier they learn to share, the better.

One of the most commonly asked questions from pregnant mamas is: I’m having twins! What are your must-haves? For me, a must-have is anything that makes my kids scream less and lets me sleep more, knowwhatImean? But because all babies and parents are different, I didn’t just go on my own experience when I compiled this list. I stalked several Facebook groups full of twin moms and made a compilation of the repeat winners. You’re welcome. We MoMs gotta stick together!

Feeding Essentials

Go ahead and stock up on burp cloths—you’ll need them! I prefer to use Birdseye flatfold diapers. They’re cheaper and super-absorbent! If they’re meant to hold poop, you know they can manage a little spitup!

If you have a large house or multiple floors, you may consider getting a mini fridge to keep in your bedroom. This may seem excessive, but when you’re getting up and down multiple times throughout the night, it can be worth it. Think storing bottles or breast pump accessories!

Lots of ladies I know love the My Brest Friend Twins Plus Deluxe nursing pillow. For me, it was super uncomfortable and a major bust. I highly preferred the Twin Z Nursing pillow. It’s a little more expensive, but a lot more comfortable and versatile! I was able to use it for nursing, and also just for propping the babies up. You can’t do that with the Brest Friend.

I didn’t get much use out of them, but a lot of moms love the single Boppy, so it’s worth mentioning. For me, if I’m only nursing one baby, I don’t need a pillow. But many moms do love it for nursing one, and also as a prop for baby.

Those I know who formula-fed swore the by the Baby Brezza! It’s like a Keurig for babies!

When your babies get old enough to eat solids (usually around 6 months, depending on the baby), try opting for a space saving booster, rather than a traditional high chair.

But if you do want or need a traditional highchair, twin moms know that Ikea is the way to go. These are no muss, no fuss, and super easy to clean. The price tag is great too!

We make a lot of our own baby food and I adore the Infantino Squeeze Station! It’s virtually mess-free to squeeze the purees into pouches, and they take up very little room in the freezer. Plus, babies can learn to feed themselves pouches much earlier than spoons.

Diapering

It’s certainly not a necessity, but we found that a spare changing table is very helpful. I used ours a lot if one twin woke up from a nap earlier than the other. There’s no way in hell I’m going to disturb a sleeping baby if I can help it! A lot of my twin mom friends also get a lot of use out of having a spare changing table if they have multiple floors in their house.

Baby Jail

Don’t argue with me. Just buy one. There are lots to choose from!

I personally prefer the Summer Infant Pop ‘n Play. I can easily take it with us when we go to the park, beach, or a friend’s house, but it spends most of its time in our living room containing my heathens (the canopy comes off).

We didn’t get the one with the canopy and regretted it. However, you can purchase them separately.

Strollers, etc.

I started off with a City Select and really thought I would love it! As it turned out, I didn’t. It was super convenient to quickly snap their infant seats in, so I tolerated the fact that it was really hard to navigate. I thought a tandem stroller would be easier to navigate since they’re long and narrow, but I was wrong (at least about this one). It was hard to turn, and downright dangerous on any type of slope—I almost tipped it over many times.

Once they moved to regular seats in the stroller, I was just fed up with it. Not only did I still have the issue of it being difficult to navigate, but it was a pain in the ass to take in and out of the car, since the seats had to come on and off each time. I ended up buying the City Mini and fell in love with it! It’s a side-by-side, which I thought I’d never own, but it’s super easy to navigate (it’s as wide as a standard-sized wheelchair, so we never have an issue getting it through doorways), it’s lightweight, and it’s easy to open and close. I highly recommend it!

If I had it to do over again, I’d buy a Double Snap-N-Go for the early months while they were still in their infant seats, then move to the City Mini when they moved out of their infant seats.

We’ve also found that it’s convenient to own an umbrella stroller. These are great to have for quick trips and vacations, when you may really need your cargo space for something other than a bulky stroller!

If you prefer tandem, Kinderwagons are an alternative–if much more expensive–to an umbrella stroller. I’ve never owned one, but my friends who do swear by them!

I’ll just say I don’t know one twin mama who owns only one stroller!

It’s worth mentioning that baby carrying can really come in handy with twins! I love wearing both of mine, but I never used a twin carrier. When they were very small, I wrapped them together in a moby or my husband and I both wore one. As they got older and could sit unassisted, I wore both of them by putting one on my back in an Ergo carrier and one on my front in a Tula.

I love both carriers, but of the two, the Tula is my favorite.

It’s also super handy to babywear while you’re grocery shopping. You can put one in the cart, and wear one in a carrier. Or you can also attach mommy hooks to a double stroller and use those to hold canvas shopping bags or a shopping basket for small trips. Does the trick!

Once they’re sitting unassisted, we really like our wagon for certain trips (like the zoo or the ballpark). The Triple Play has seat belts, cup holders, and built-in storage.

Better add a canopy!

Seating, Swings, & Bouncers

I sometimes tandem-nursed my twins, but I typically preferred to nurse one a time. Not only is it much easier, but it also gave me some rare individual time with each baby. I usually nursed one baby, while bouncing the other in a bouncer.

The Boppy Lounger adjusts for very small babies, and they love using them as beanbag-type chairs when they’re older.

We owned Mamaroos and they were nice. My babies loved them when they were very little, and I liked that I could operate them using my cell phone while my tired ass sat on the couch. But hands down, both of my babies preferred these glider swings. Most moms I know agree, the glider swing beats the Mamaroo by a landslide. And the price tag is much better!

Y’all. The Sit-Me-Up. Is amazing. I prefer this to the Bumbo so much. And more importantly, so did my babies. It provides more upper back and neck support, so you can start using it a little earlier. But user beware: it was dubbed the Shit Me Up in one of my mom groups. We had many a diaper blowout in these chairs! Still worth it.

Once your babies have good head and neck control, you can use exersaucers and jumpers to help keep them entertained. These really aren’t highly recommended for long periods of use, but they work great for 15 minute here and there!

It’s worth it to grab a portable activity center too. Even owning just one is helpful to free up some hands, since you can alternate babies.

Or even a simple Go-Pod will work.

My babies adored Bright Starts’ Around-We-Go! This is a fun new twist on the typical exersaucer. And once they’re standing better, you can take the seat off and prolong the life of the toy.

Finally, grab a couple of walkers if you live on one level or can securely block off any stairs. For the love…please do not use a walker if you have stairs and cannot secure them! But if you have one level…these are so much fun! This is one thing I’d say to get two of, just because it’s really fun to watch Bumper Babies!

Sleep Gear

For the love of all that is good in this world, buy yourself two auto rock ‘n plays. Do you want to sleep? Yes? Buy this. It’s the best piece of baby gear out there.

Another essential piece of sleep gear is a good sound machine with white noise. We still use a sound machine in our oldest son’s room. We don’t have this particular one, but I have many friends who swear by it.

Travel sounds machines also come in handy.  We hung ours from the oh shit bars in our van next to the twins’ carseats and it helped a lot with them in the beginning when they hated being in the car. And we never travel overnight without one!

You’ll need several swaddlers. I love Halo Swaddle Sleepsacks and we’ve graduated all three of our kids to Halo Sleep Sacks and then Halo Wearable Blankets.

 

In between the Halo Swaddle and the Halo Sleepsack, we use Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit. It seems like a gimmick and I don’t know how it works. But I do know two things: 1. It does work and 2. I want one in an adult size. These make great transition pieces from Rock ‘n Play to Crib, or just from swaddle to sleepsack.

Finally, get zip-up sleepers. Buttons are crap. Ain’t nobody got time for that. You don’t want to dress your baby in too many layers to sleep overnight, or he’ll overheat. We just used short-sleeved onesies under swaddlers. But when you do graduate to sleepsacks, zip-ups are the way to go.

Health & Safety

I’ve written a lot about our favorite baby items here, here, and here. I’ve even written about things that really aren’t that necessary. So please, make sure to check out those entries! I’m only going to list a few of my favorite things here.

The digestive system is the last system to develop, which means it’s usually still underdeveloped during the first few months of life. We moms will throw all kinds of money at products that just might help ease our babies’ discomfort. The truth is, we just have to wait it out. But while we’re waiting, there are a few products that offer temporary relief. Gripe water is one thing that has worked well for all three of my babies. And not all gripe water is created equal! Mommy’s Bliss has been the go-to for each of my sons.

Another thing that worked surprisingly well was the Windi. I absolutely made fun of this product when I first saw it, but you better believe I snatched it right up at the first sign of gas problems in my boys. And it works!! These things actually work. We’d often have a baby awake at night screaming his little head off. Put a Windi in his butt and he’d fart for days, then sleep peacefully.

My final must-have is the NoseFrida. Probably, if you’re sanitary, you should buy two. Frankly, we only own one because I figure they’re going to share all their germs anyway. A bulb can only do so much. This thing will get all the snot out! Don’t nobody like a snotty baby.

Things You Cannot Buy…

My final three suggestions are this: Join a twin mom support group, shamelessly ask for help, and join a nursing moms support group if you choose to breastfeed. I have made some lovely girlfriends in my local MoMs group. We love to travel in packs because nobody understands a multiple mama like another multiple mama!

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