Congratulations – you’re having twins!!! Such an exciting time! Now for the fun planning part- getting the best items for your twins. 🙂 But, if you’re like me, finances are always in the back of your mind. Trying to find the best items for your twins, but staying in budget is completely doable.
I’m sure after the shock and excitement of finding out you were having twins wore off, reality sat in and you thought, “Crap! We need two of every baby item- two cribs, two bouncers, two bassinets, two car seats, two of EVERYTHING!” Well, don’t get too afraid. Truth is, you don’t need half of the fancy and shiny things that are out there.
You may be overwhelmed on what you do need for your twins – what you need to buy two of, what is really necessary, and what products are the best quality, since you will be using them often. Keep this list in mind while creating your baby registry. I hope this list helps lessen your worries!
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Twin baby items you need two of
Obviously there are twin items that you will need to of, but it’s not as many as you may think. A good tip is if there is something that is expensive and you just can’t bring yourself to get two of a twin product, then don’t. You can improvise with what you may already have, or there may be a different item that will work for your twins. For example, you don’t need two two baby carriers, you can buy one baby wrap and one baby carrier. Same with baby products like toys, it’s goo to have variety so they don’t get bored.
Baby Swing – For my twins, they were a must. When they were newborns, they would sleep and hang out in the swings; the swings kept them calm in between feedings. As they got bigger, they loved being in them to play. The ones we used had speed control, vibrated, and played music – all of which were very handy in keeping me and my boys sane. These are a much have twin item especially for small spaces because they fold up and can be stored in your closet, or you can travel with them.
Rock and Play – As the twins got bigger they needed space to stretch. I asked my cousin, who has twins of her own, for advice on what she used to get her twins to sleep. She recommended Rock-and-Plays. Thank goodness she did! They were a life-saver! My twins slept in them night-and-day, from around age 4 to 7 months. But, even past 7 months they would take naps in them (the weight limit is well past 1 year old).
My 5-year-old likes to lay in them while playing, and they support his weight. My favorite part (and the twins favorite part) is that they vibrate, but the rocking motion helps them calm down and puts them to sleep. The perfect product for twins if they are having a hard time falling or staying asleep.
Pack and Play – These really come in handy. The fact that you can fold them up and bring them with you, helps so much. I like the ones that have the attachment that hangs from the top, to make the bed higher. This came in handy when they were newborns because I would have them sleep in the Twin Z Pillow until they were able to roll on their side (more later about the Z Pillow Below).
When they got too big to sleep on the attachment we removed it, and still had them sleep in the pack and play in our room. After they turn one I’ll move them into their own room, and into actual cribs. For the time being, I like them sleeping in my room, it’s easier for me (but may not work for you!).
Car seat – Obviously you’ll need two car seats. There’s so many options to choose from. I like the Baby Trend personally, because I have a double stroller that they click right into, making it super easy to transport them from the car to the stroller. These are super easy to install and get in and out of the car and clips right into the strollers. Perfect for if they are sleeping, no need to wake them up to get them out of the car! This was probably one of my favorite products I got for my twins. I actually got the stroller for my two older boys when they were younger, and it has lasted a long time with a lot of use.
Crib – My doctor recommends that once the babies can move, to have them sleep separately for safety reasons. So, it is important to get two cribs. I know the dollar signs are taking over. My recommendation is to get the cribs that convert into bigger beds when they are older. I’ve had one crib since my first born, who is now 5, and it is still in great condition.
This crib converts into a toddler bed then into a full-size bed for when they are older. Remember though, if you get a crib like this, get the conversion parts when you buy the crib, because if you wait, they might not have the parts or even that style of bed anymore. But, this crib option definitely lets you get biggest bang for your buck when it comes to finding twin products!
Bumbo – These are both extremely are handy. Sometime my babies get tired of playing with the same thing and love when I switch it up. I already had an activity chair before the twins, so instead of buying another activity chair, I decided to get a bumbo, and they love both – and it builds those muscles for sitting on their own. So, my recommendation? Don’t buy two of each – one of each may work just fine!
Activity Chair– These activity chairs were perfect for them to be active and stimulate their brains, while you can get stuff done. It is great for building their leg, neck, and back muscles. I loved this one because you can fold it up, perfect for small spaces. But, like I said before I don’t find it necassary to buy two if you don’t want to, it’s good to switch it up for them so they don’t get bored. This was one of the twin’s favorite things to be in, they were always laughing and having fun.
High Chair– I was going back and forth on whether I should get a chair that attaches to a dining room chair or get a traditional highchair. Typically, I get the ones that sit on the chair, but with a family of six, I didn’t want highchairs taking up seating space if we had guests over to visit. So, I decided to go with a chair that offered 3 in 1.
It is a typical highchair, but you can take the chair off the base and attach it to a dining room chair. It also turns into a highchair that allows the child to eat without the tray – the kind of highchair you typically see in restaurants. The versatility made this a no-brainer for us.
Twin baby items you only need one of
Twin Z Pillow – I LOVE this pillow! It’s basically two Boppy pillows sewn together – but you can use it SIX different ways! It’s a nursing pillow – the middle moves up so you can use it to support your back and the sides are so big you can use it to rest your arms! This is the most comfortable pillow, and one of the best investments I’ve done for my twins.
It’s also a pillow they can sleep on as newborns (there’s a strap to make it tight so they don’t fall through the hole). It’s also great for tummy time. Right now they are using it to help them learn how to sit up straight. I can wrap the pillow around them and tighten the straps so they can’t fall forward. You can use it even before you have your twins as a body pillow. This thing is so comfy and easy to clean, the cover removes so you can throw it in the wash. If you get one twin item from this post this is the must have twin item you should get.
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Diaper bag – This diaper bag is THE diaper bag of all diaper bags, I love this one! When I was pregnant with the twins I did so much research on diaper bags because with my other two kids the ones I had just didn’t last as long as I wanted, and they didn’t have space I needed.
This diaper bag is the perfect size for two babies, at the same time it’s not bulky. I like the backpack style because it doesn’t hurt my back or slide off my shoulders. The bag opens wide and stays wide open as your packing it up. There are many pockets for diapers, bottles, wipes, and even for your cell phone. The cool thing about this bag is the flap that zips on the bottom of the back area so you can open it and get the items from the bottom without having to take everything out to get to it. This is made very well, and after nearly a year, it is still in great shape. I am totally using this bag even when I don’t need it for the babies anymore! This item isn’t only for twins, it’s great if you have multiple kids, I can fit 4 kids clothes, snacks, cups and toys all in here. I have gone through 3 different diaper bags between my first two boys, this is the one to get.
Carrier or – Babywearing is so fun and makes things so much easier. If you have to get house-work done and they are crying, carrying is a god-send. I used the wraps the first time with the twins, and it was pretty easy and a fun way to wear your baby. There is a way to wrap both babies at the same time, making it super easy to get that quality time (and it helps the babies to get some bonding time with each other).
Just remember, you can hold both babies up until they are about 2-3 months, after that they get heavy, but you can use it for one baby at a time, up until they are 3-years-old (so I’ve read). I’ve had my baby carrier since my first born and I got my wrap with the twins. So, instead of getting two of each (one for your significant other, and one for yourself) I did one of each. But, if you are wanting to carry them when you do things like hiking, I’d recommend a normal baby carrier like the Ergobaby rather than the wrap.
Baby Wrap– The wrap is great to hold both babies at the same time to either soothe them or just bond with them. It gives you the ability to keep your hands free either to work on your computer, read, or just hold them without killing your arms. The wrap is a great baby wearing even for twins, there are videos out there showing you how, like the video below.
Stroller – The Baby Trend stroller has been my favorite. I got it when I had my first two kids, so it comes in handy now that I have the twins.
This stroller is a 3-in-one (I like multi-use twin items, can you tell?). You can take a seat out and have an older child use it as a bench, you can put both car seats in it, or you can have both babies sit in it with no car seat. There is storage on the bottom, cup holders, and it’s super easy to fold and is not too bulky, so it fits easily into my car. I like the stadium style strollers the best, rather than the side-by-side ones, because you can fit inside any door with it (and have you ever tried shopping aisles with a side-by-side?!).
Umbrella strollers – I really like the Jeep umbrella stroller. If you want something a little lighter for when you go to the mall or shopping this umbrella stroller is the best. It folds up easy and takes up very little space in your car. It has pockets to store stuff and cup holders…. and the best part? It fits through double doors! We got this stroller on a whim because we were going hiking but we had forgotten the baby carriers. We stopped by a Walmart and this is what we could find, and I’m so happy we did! This is a product for your twins you won’t regret purchasing.
Saucers – I really like this specific bouncer, and so do my babies. This one is cool because the seat comes out- so when they are bigger they can just stand and play with toys. BUT, it also has the option to remove the foot base and place it on top of the play-table to cover the opening, and it turns into a table for when they are older! So that way you get your money’s worth (love me some multi-purpose twin items!!!).
Walker Activity Tables – This particular table I’ve had with all four of my kids, so it lasts a really long time. It’s really convenient because there’s a tray so they can have toys or snacks on it, plus it helps them build their leg muscles and helps them learn how to walk.
Tummy-time Mat – Really any tummy time mat will work just fine. I just like this one because it’s big enough to fit both babies, and there are so many toys attached to it. I do like how you can adjust the height of the arches so they can have room when they sit up or bring it closer to them when they are laying down.
Bathtub – I obviously only needed one baby bath. But over the years I’ve tried a few different ones, and this one was the most practical one for my family. This one fits perfectly in just about every kitchen sink (we’ve moved quite a bit between the four kids, so I can attest to them fitting many sinks).
One side is for newborns so they can lay down – it has a bump to help support them so they don’t slide down. The other half is for when they can sit up by themselves. It’s easy to fill and has a stopper that you can pull for easy drainage. Although it has easy draining, and my kids are comfortable in it – my favorite part is the price.
I hope this post helps and gives you an idea of what items you want for you twins, and what twin products will make your life a whole lot easier during their first year.
If you’re reading this post and already have kids, I’m interested in what were your must-have items? What items were just a waste of time and money?