Your first inclination when you find out that you are expecting twins might be to buy multiples of everything. However, just like with a singleton, not every baby product is a necessity. If you are short on space or want to stick to a moderate baby gear budget, consider only buying the essentials. Babies, even two of them, don’t really need a lot of stuff. Here are the seven items* I think are essential to thrive with multiples.
Double Stroller- Let's be honest...you probably aren't going to get out much at first. But when you do, having a narrow stroller that is compatible with your infant car seat is a must. This stroller fits down the crowded store aisles and fits through any door without assistance.
Shown here: Graco Ready2Grow Click Connect Double Stroller
Video Baby Monitor- A video monitor is a must with twins. You will want to be able to see which twin is crying and which is sleeping without actually going into their nursery. Look for a model that is compatible with multiple cameras and allows you to toggle back and forth between camera views.
Shown here: Motorola 5” Video Baby Monitor
Twin Carrier- When your babies outnumber you, a carrier made for twins is essential. As much as you will want to carry your sweet babies around all day, there will be times when you will need to tend to other things. Carriers can be expensive, and not all mamas and babies enjoy them. But with such a wide variety of carriers available, you will surely find one you like. It’s a good idea to borrow one from a friend or a local baby wearing group until you find the right fit for you.
Shown here: Twingaroo Carrier
Feeding Pillow- If you are breastfeeding, you might want a double pillow that allows for simultaneous nursing. But for bottle feeding, I prefer two separate pillows. These are also another great place to put a baby down, useful for tummy time, and can serve to support a baby learning to sit up.
Shown here: Boppy Notebook Print
Bouncer- As a pump and bottle feed momma, I wouldn't have been able to feed my twins alone without these. Once they were able, I sat each baby in a bouncer on the floor facing me. I was then able to hold a bottle in each hand and feed both babies simultaneously. Talk about a game changer! When it's not feeding time, these chairs are a great place to put one baby down while you tend to the other one.
Shown here: Fisher-Price Geo Meadow
Big Diaper Bag- When you finally work up the courage to leave the house with your babies, you are going to need to take along some stuff. A big bag to contain it all is so helpful. You will need double the clothes, diapers, and bottles (if bottle-feeding). Also look for a bag with lots of pockets to help you stay organized and find what you need quickly.
Shown here: Skip Hop Forma
Bassinet on Wheels - If you would like your baby to bunk in your room at first, these are a great option. They allow you to easily move babies around without waking them. I used to push these beds all around my house so my babies could rest while I did all the other things I needed to do.
Shown here: Simmons Kids
Twins come with twice the love, but not necessarily twice the stuff. Consider your lifestyle, budget and this list, and you will have everything you need for your twins and nothing you don’t.
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*This is not an endorsement of a specific product, just sharing the things that worked for me.