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If you are reading this, you’ve probably already heard “You’re having twins” or because of IVF, you might be expecting them.
Before we were surprised with our twin boys, I spent my early 20’s as a nanny for two sets of twins. One of those sets even had a baby brother just 10mo later! I’ve tried out every product made for twins and a ton of regular baby items. I’ve been banned from returning items to Babies R Us. Yes, it was that bad. People don’t understand. When you have twins, you want to make everything as efficient as possible.
These are the items that made life easier. I can tell you, that you’ll be glad you brought these into your lives as twin parents.
If you haven’t registered yet, use Amazon Baby Registry. It’s the world’s largest baby registry. That means more products available! I did this with my twins and it was so easy. My singleton was born before Amazon was a thing and I had to register at THREE stores just to get all the items I on my list of must-haves.
From the Breast
I owned TWO of these My Breast Friend nursing pillows. I started with one and loved it so much that I bought a second one to keep in the car. If I had tried the Twin Z Pillow earlier on, I would have had one of each. They are both awesome in their own ways. If you plan to nurse and you want to make it as easy as possible, get two pillows. Keep one in the car. You can leave it in the carry case, use it at your La Leche League meetings, or when you visit Grandma. It doesn’t matter which two. I will say, the MBF was easier in the car. Gives more support in an already awkward place to nurse.
From the Bottle
I’m going to list that Twin Z pillow again. It’s awesome for setting them in when they are so tiny.
Then, a very controversial item, if you are a mom with just a single baby. For a Mom of Multiples, it’s a lifesaver! Tinukim Hands Free Bottles are amazing, plus they are great for babies with colic, gas and ear infections.
For those using formula, the Breeza Formula Pro will be your best friend for those endless night feedings. While we didn’t need formula, my best friend used this for her triplets. Let’s just say there are few people that Twin Moms look up to, Triplet Moms are our heroes! If they say something is great, we take their word for it!
There are a few ways to handle sleep in the beginning.
Your Baby, My Baby
You can assign a baby to each adult and use two Arms Reach Mini Co-Sleepers and put one on each side of the bed. Each adult is responsible for that baby all night. This works best if you are using formula. How genius is that book light?!?
Nursing Mom/Single Mom
Keep both babies on the same side, might be a better solution, depending on your bedroom setup. This one is great because you can fold the changing table up and down. I had 4 changing table “stations” in my house. My twins didn’t like sleeping next to each other. At 3 weeks, we finally separated them and they quit hitting and kicking each other. We all slept better after that! This Baby Trend Twin Nursery Center has the ability to grown and change with your babies. This one is new and I wish it had been around for me. The Halo Twin Bassinest is so neat. I love how it rotates!
If you go with cloth, you might be a little crazy like me. I started when mine were 4mo old and we ran out of the diapers given to us at our baby showers. If you know nothing about them, start here. The easiest way is an All In One (AIO) but it requires you own a TON of diapers. You are a parent of twins, this is a concept you already understand! Another style is a Pocket Diaper, but I hated stuffing the pocket in. I used the most economical way, Flip Covers with flats and prefolds inside. Unless it’s a poop, you just change the inside and snap it up again. Even if you think cloth is gross, or extra work…just buy a couple for photos. They are over the top cute and perfect for photoshoots!
I love the Pampers for newborns and then we switched to Huggies diapers when we weren’t using cloth. A huge thanks for the inventor of Amazon. If you sign up for Amazon Family (30 day free trial), you get 20% off your diaper subscriptions. No more running to the store for diapers. They show up at your door, BEFORE you run out. That is HUGE!
Go ahead and thank me now, I’m about to talk you out of buying something expensive and ridiculous. Don’t buy one of those diaper pail that need special liners. You’ll be changing diapers all over the house, so multiple pails will come in handy. I had 4 in my house. I love this Safety First Diaper Pail. It’s so cheap, that if (when) it starts to stink, you won’t feel bad about throwing it away. No more running out of those stupid special liners. If you are using disposable diapers, you can use a plain kitchen trash bag! If you are using cloth, just get a couple of the washable liners. You can just throw them in with your load of diapers.
On the Go
Twins First Stroller
Twin strollers are a hotly contended subject at the Moms of Multiples monthly meetings. The one thing we all agree on is the best first stroller. Pick your carseats and then just pop them into this Joovy Twin Roo+ Car Seat Stroller. It’s the best $100 you’ll spend, and easy to sell used, once you are finished with it.
Once your little ones aren’t so little, around 6mo, you have to move on to the stroller(s) you’ll use for the next 2-3yrs. You are going to spend a LOT of time pushing this stroller, so you better really like it.
Lightweight and Small
Most MoM’s have two strollers, a small one and a jogging stroller. This Evenflo Minno Twin Double Stroller is fantastic. It’s lightweight, folds very small and with just one hand. This is what I kept in the car for a quick trip and the stroller we used for longer trips once they were 3-4yrs old. The big downsides? You cannot push this with one hand and it’s got very little storage, but I’ll explain how we get around that in a bit. This is a super affordable twin stroller that really gets the job done.
The Jogger (even if you don’t do Stroller Strides and think running is stupid)
This is really where Twin Mom’s start to argue about what’s best. BOB or City Mini. My sister has a City Mini and I had the BOB. I love that my BOB has an adjustable handle and the all terrain tires. Works great on the beach.
My sister loves her City Mini Double Jogger (she is owns another City stroller too). The seats recline separately. It’s lighterweight and takes up less room when folded.
You really need to go try them out in person.
Organize Your Double Stroller
LOVED this Double Stroller Organizer! Your hands are so full of all the things needed to keep these small creatures alive and keep you sane. YOU NEED THIS.
Twins in a Shopping Cart
Once your littles can sit up, you’ll need to add one of these to your life. If HEB or Target are where you shop, you can pick one of these Double Shopping Cart Covers.
If your favorite store doesn’t have double seating up front, you’ll need a Buggy Bench. They are super easy to use and dare I say it? SOOO CUTE!Tandem BabyWearing
The TwinGo is seriously a life saver, sanity saver, baby soother, etc…
Wear them together or separately. This thing is awesome. I remember a homeschool field trip to the science museum for my oldest with the twins were 6mo old. I tried the stroller but it just was too big to navigate the smaller spaces. Babywearing to save the day. Even if you have a stroller, sometimes, they just need to be held. And did you know that you can nurse the baby in the front? Is still found myself tandem baby wearing on hard day when they were 21mo because of teething. #BestWorkoutEver Baby Jail
Once they get scooting, you are in big trouble. They are awesome at moving at top speed, the moment your back in turned. “The phone rang, we have 3min before she’ll remember to check on us, GO!”. The Regalo My Play Portable Playard (8 panel) is for indoors and outdoors (hello beach!)
This is an extension of more Baby Jail. I love this Regalo Extra Wide gate. Makes it easy to create a playroom that is totally safe for babies. Plus, it’s awesome for keeping your Christmas Tree safe from the short people in you house.If you just need to block a smaller area, the Summer Infant gate is great for the top of stairs. Last one, if it’s slightly larger area than a doorway, this Regalo Extra Wide gate is great!An Eye or Two
Please, skip the traditional baby monitors. They are overpriced and haven’t kept up with current technology. If you have a smart phone, snag a couple of these Wireless Wifi Cameras (I kept two in their room and one in the playroom). They are super affordable, work with an app on your phone and have very easy setup. They pan, tilt, zoom, they have night vision, are motion activated and have two way audio “DO NOT CRAWL INTO YOUR BROTHER’S CRIB” or “DO NOT TAKE YOUR DIAPER OFF” and “DO NOT TAKE ALL OF YOUR CLOTHES OFF THE HANGERS”. Super plus is that you can use them in the future to keep an eye on your twins when they are teenagers!
I hope this was helpful and that it makes your life easier, like they did mine!