Preparing for a baby is expensive. Preparing for twin babies? Twice as expensive – IF you buy two of everything. Fortunately, you don’t need to.
My twins, my “babies,” just turned five, so I’m getting a little rusty on the baby registry scene. But as an “elder” twin mommy, I have had several expectant mothers of multiples ask me, “Which baby items do I need TWO of?”
I can’t claim pregnancy brain, but I can claim “mommy brain”; so before my twins’ baby days get any farther behind me, let’s get this advice in writing!
Twin Nursing Pillow
Twin nursing pillows are bigger, thicker, and sturdier than a Boppy pillow in order to accommodate breastfeeding two at once. If you plan to breastfeed, this will be the number one must-have. (And don’t forget to take it to the hospital with you!)
And speaking of breastfeeding, a good double breast pump will probably be a must-have, too. My personal preference would have been to strictly nurse and not have to mess with pumping; but since one of my twins took a couple months to learn to nurse, pumping and bottle feeding became a necessity for a while. It’s also good to have the pump so you can store up breastmilk for later – or even to help stimulate production when necessary. Milk supply (both fresh and frozen 🙂 ), is one thing a twin mommy really has to stay on top of.
A double stroller is, of course, a definite must-have because you won’t be able to go anywhere without one! We used Graco car seats, so we bought the Graco Quattro Tour Duo stroller, which has two forward-facing seats. The things I liked about it were the compatibility with the car seats, the taller handle bars (so I didn’t have to stoop to push), and the way the basket underneath drops down for easier loading/accessibility. I didn’t like it as much once the twins got a little older, however, because neither could the one in the back see out, nor could they see each other, which often made them discontent. Therefore, we ended up also buying a pretty basic side-by-side double stroller so they could both see out and see each other.
These blankets by Kiddopotamus are wonderful because, unlike receiving blankets, they can’t be kicked loose. During the time Isabel and Elliana were sharing a crib, I found great peace of mind in knowing my babies’ blankets were wrapped securely around their bodies and not flying around the crib, landing on faces.
On Becoming Baby Wise Book
I read Baby Wise prior to Isabel and Elliana’s birth in order to weigh the method and decide if it was something I wanted to implement. I did choose to follow the book’s advice on scheduling because I knew how important it was going to be to have my babies on the same feeding/sleeping schedules. I truly think my Baby Wise babies – even being twins – were my easiest, happiest, least fussy babies (I wasn’t “baby wise” [Ha!] for my first two). I would recommend giving it a critical read between now and Birth Day and considering whether it will work for you. It sure did for us!
Backpack-Style Diaper Bag
Your hands will be full – literally – so consider a diaper bag you can wear on your back (in a style/design your husband will wear, too, because I can almost guarantee you that when he’s along, he’ll be the one carrying a loaded infant seat in each hand and half the nursery on his back).
Must Have TWO
…eventually. I kept Isabel and Elliana together in one crib for several months before separating them.
High Chairs / Boosters
…eventually. High chairs can take up a lot of space, and you’ll have two. Consider something with a less bulky design. We went with the Fisher-Price SpaceSaver High Chair.
…eventually. When I was preparing to potty train Isabel and Elliana, I bought two potty chairs for the “off chance” they would need to go to the bathroom at the same time. Ha! I was shocked at how often they did go to the bathroom at the exact same time! And to this day, their toilet schedules are very similar. So, yes. Buy two.
Need Only ONE
Following the Baby Wise eat-wake-sleep (without “sleep crutches”) cycle, I never relied upon a swing for anything more than a little upright entertainment during wake time. And there was no reason they both had to be swinging at the same time. If one was in the swing, the other might be in the…
Again, we didn’t use the bouncy seat as a sleep aid, only as a play place. So they took turns.
Exersaucer / Jumper
This is another place they don’t both need to be at the same time. If one twin played in the exersaucer or jumper at the last wake time, let the other spend some time in it at the next. They’ll like the variety, and you’ll like not having two of these things taking up space.
Like the other bigger babygear, one is enough (and probably all you have room for, anyway!).
Pack ‘n’ Play
Unless you’ll be travelling a lot and having to take beds for your babies, one pack ‘n’ play should suffice. I kept mine set up in the living room of our two-story home while the twins were small enough to nap together in it. (The fewer trips up the stairs to the crib with a baby in each arm, the better.)
Now, over to you!…
Are you a twin mommy with advice to share? What baby items would you consider must-haves for twins? What things would you recommend not buying two of?
Expecting twins and needing further advice as you shop, register, and prepare? What specific questions can I help you with?
Let’s discuss in the comments below!