When we found out we were expecting twins, I immediately started researching everything and anything twin related. I like to be prepared, and if you’re having twins, being prepared is a MUST. We already had a ton of baby items from when Zach was born, but there were a few twin specific things that I picked up based on recommendations from other twin parents. After lots of searching, I was able to find pretty much everything I needed second hand, except for a few big ticket items. Here are my recommendations after surviving the first six months with the girls.
- Table for Two Twin Feeding System. This double feeding chair has been the single most used item we’ve bought for the girls. We use this for every single daytime feeding. It keeps the girls sitting in an upright position, which was ideal for Talia as she had reflux, has bottle holders on each side, and arm rests for the person feeding the babies. If you’re exclusively breast-feeding, you probably won’t use this much, but if you’re bottle feeding at all, this truly is a life saver. It’s expensive, but worth it. Use code Nikki10 for 10% off.
- Twin Z Breastfeeding Pillow. This is my nighttime equivalent to the Table for Two. Because the Table for Two is heavy (and expensive), I got a Twin Z Pillow to keep upstairs to feed the babies during the night. I initially bought this to use as a breastfeeding pillow, but after two months we switched to formula. I still use this pillow every night despite the girls solely using bottles. It was an amazing breastfeeding pillow, and is an amazing pillow to prop the babies up in. Well worth the price tag, and much more comfortable and versatile that the Twin BreastFriend Nursing pillow. Use code TZSZ10 for 10% off.
- Swings and/or Bouncy Chairs. You’re going to need lots of places to put the babies down during the day, and so far we’ve used both swings and bouncy chairs daily. Until the girls were fully napping in their cribs during the day, they took most of their naps in the swings. We have two bouncy chairs in our kitchen as well so I can keep an eye on them while I’m busy feeding Zach. I swear by the Fisher Price My Little Lamb Cradle’n Swing.
- Swaddle Blankets. I know some people don’t swaddle, and some hospitals tell you not to, so do whatever you feel is best for your baby. BUT with twins, getting any amount of sleep is imperative, and we found that swaddling them helped them sleep longer and fuss less. I was gifted two Ollie Swaddles which I absolutely loved, but also used the Woombie for its easy zipper closure, the Miracle Blanket, and the Summer Infant SwaddleMe. Our girls spat up A LOT so had a ton of different swaddles on rotation.
- Double Stroller. There is so much to say about choosing the right double stroller, which you can read about HERE. A double stroller is absolutely a must have though – no way around it. We have the Bugaboo Donkey Twin, but we also have a Baby Trend Snap-N-Go Double which I couldn’t live without.
- Infant Bucket Car Seats. I know some twin mamas that skipped the bucket seats, and honestly, I don’t know how they do it. I can’t imagine having to take the babies in and out of a convertible car seat each time, especially if they’re sleeping. We use the Maxi-Cosi Mico Max 30. We had this for our son and really liked it, plus it’s the lightest bucket seat on the market.
- Bassinets, Cribs, and/or Pack and Plays. You’re going to need somewhere for your babies to sleep. I’ve never co-slept on a regular basis, so don’t know much about co-sleeping options, so I’ll just speak about separate sleeping. We had two bassinets in our room, two cribs in the nursery, and one pack and play. I liked the bassinets in our room for the first couple of months because they were close to us for night feedings. Not having to walk across the hall really makes all the difference when you’re up every 2 hours. Once they outgrew the bassinets we transitioned one baby to the nursery and kept the other in a pack and play in our room. We find it quite handy to have a portable pack and play for this reason. We received the Nuna Sena as a gift when I was pregnant with Zach and absolutely love it. I’ll write an entire post on sleep at some point as well!
- Baby Carrier. I received a Beluga Baby wrap as a gift and love how soft it is. It’s super easy to use and I was able to have one baby wrapped up and be hands free. This was great when I had extra hands to help with the other baby, BUT I didn’t always have that. I bought a Weego TWIN Baby Carrier off another twin mom when I was pregnant but only used it a few times. I found it difficult to put both babies in and it hurt my back after a short amount of time. In hindsight, I would have skipped the Weego and just stuck with the wrap. I recently got the TwinGo, which is a structured double carrier. I love it!
- Breast Pump. I haven’t met a twin mom that hasn’t needed to pump, at least in the beginning. I used this damn pump every day for 2 months (and 6 months with Zach). While I absolutely HATE the breast pump, and the sound of it gives me PTSD flashbacks, the Medela Pump In Style Advanced worked very well. Make sure to get a double pump.
- Washcloths, Receiving Blankets, Extra Bassinet/Crib Sheets, and Bibs. I put these all in one point since they’re kind of in the ‘linen’ category. Washcloths. Those small baby washcloths are key to pretty much everything I do. If you think you have enough, you don’t. Buy more. The ones I like the best are from Winners. I never really used receiving blankets too much with Zach, but use them daily with the twins. Cleaning spit up, laying on, covering the breastfeeding pillow, they’re a jack of all trades blanket! All three of my kids spat up a lot, so some nights we’d go through 2-3 crib sheets. Times that by two and that’s a lot. I bought a nice set that went with our nursery, then cheaper back up sheets since they’re pricey. Talia had bad reflux so we also went through a lot of bibs, and they still wear bibs daily.
There are a bunch of other baby items we use, and different things as the girls get older, but these are the top ten we wouldn’t be able to live without for the first few months. I know, some of them don’t exactly apply only to twins and can be used with a single baby, but I had to throw them in there. Do you have something on your top 10 list that I don’t? I’d love to hear about it!