Last updated on May 1st, 2017 at 10:53 am
Having twins? Here are my must-haves for a twin registry! Learn how we slept, fed, and played with our little guys—and all the gear you need (and don’t need!)
When I found out we were pregnant with twins, needless to say I was overwhelmed. Trying to create my baby registry was one of the hardest things I did. I sat down one afternoon and started researching options for sleeping the babies. We had two cribs, but people were suggesting swings, co-sleepers, Rock N Plays, bassinets, Pack N Plays, and about a hundred other things. I remember sitting on my couch, all by myself, and crying because I didn’t know how to sleep one baby, much less two!
Now that we’re nine months into this whole twin-parenting gig, I thought I’d come back and give you some of my top picks for things to put on a twin registry. Of course there are other things to put on a registry, but you can find those things on any registry checklist. This is a list of things that we found we used the most and particularly made parenting two babies easier.
Rock N Plays (2)
We started sleeping they boys in Rock N Plays in our room. We found that they were cradled and happy in them, and if they got fussy, we would just rock them (we never put batteries in them), and we could hear them when the woke up to eat. They slept in them until they were about 3 months old, when we started transitioning them to their cribs. They then napped in them until they were about 6 months old.
We had the Pack N Play in our living room for the first 3 months. The boys napped in the bassinets during the day. Once they started sleeping the night in their cribs, we folded up the Pack N Play and put the Rock N Plays in the living room for naps. We now use the Pack N Play when we travel, without the bassinet part.
We decided to go with a double video monitor instead of an audio monitor because we wanted to be able to see which baby was fussing. That way, when we fed them at night, for example, we could know if the baby making noise had just been fed, or if the other one was waking up. Plus they are SO cute to watch on the monitor.
We had a regular baby gym that we borrowed from a cousin. The boys loved it. They would lie next to each other and it’s the first place that they really started to discover that the other baby existed (so fun!). They learned how to grab the little animals and rings. But they outgrew it pretty fast, so I’m going to suggest this larger gym that should last longer with two babies.
These seats are a lifesaver! It’s pretty hilarious when our twin mom club gets together—there are at least six of us who have two of these froggy seats (twelve babies, all sitting in their froggies!). We all love them because they’re light and portable (they collapse) and the babies all enjoy them. They are also great for containing your babies once they start moving around and you need to do a load of laundry.
This isn’t particularly for twins, but we love this table. It doesn’t take up a ton of room like a lot of exersaucers (we have a smaller home), and it becomes a table once the babies outgrow it. We often rotate the babies between this, a blanket on the floor with toys, and the froggy seats. It’s basically a baby Curves gym in here.
If you’re going to breastfeed, I highly recommend this pillow. I tried for eleven weeks to breastfeed and pump, and it was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done. But while I was trying, I found this pillow to be really helpful. The back support is amazing for both breastfeeding and pumping, and I could see how it would work for tandem nursing as well. And you can use it to prop up the babies for tummy time or to feed bottles to both at the same time.
Again, not for twins but we love this drying rack. The little flowers and twigs make it so easy to dry all of the bottle and breast pump parts, plus it’s pretty darn cute.
We decided to do baby-led weaning (BLW) with our twins. Basically, you skip the purees and spoon feeding and your babies go right to feeding themselves whole food at six months. From the beginning, our boys were munching on chunks of cucumbers, broccoli, apples, avocados, carrots, and even things like naan and tilapia. It may seem scary to watch a baby gnaw on a pork chop, but we found that the boys learned to chew first, then swallow, lowering their risk of choking. They also became adept at handling food very quickly. I couldn’t recommend this method of introducing solids more! Plus, who wants to spoon feed two babies? Mama ain’t got time for that.
Yes, this stroller is expensive. But I did a lot of research to find a lightweight, small, rugged, all-terrain stroller that would work for two babies and is comfortable to push. I ended up buying ours off of Craigslist and I use it all the time to walk the babies around the neighborhood (OK, let’s be real—I walk them to Starbucks to get myself a vat of coffee. #twinmomgoals). It’s fairly easy to fold up and it fits in our Volvo sedan’s trunk (No, I don’t have a minivan). And it’s full adjustable, which means it grows with the babies and if your two tikes are different sizes, you can adjust each seat to fit them perfectly.
There are carriers that are made specifically for carrying two babies (the Twingaroo, for example). I haven’t personally tried them, so I can’t say whether or not they are good. But I can sing the praises of the Lillebaby carrier. Both Ryan and I have one, and we use them a lot when we’re out and about. They are easier to use than the stroller when going to places with lots of people. Sometimes I’ll take our single stroller for one baby and carry the other (especially if I need trunk space—the Indie Twin takes up the entire trunk). And the Lillebabies are comfortable. When a baby is being particularly fussy, I’ll carry him around and he’ll quiet right down.
We decided on these high chairs because two high chairs take up SO much space. If you have the space, great. If not, these clamp-on high chairs are a great solution. Our dining room is approximately the size of our small table. These high chairs take up no extra room, and they’ll hold the boys until they’re ready to sit in chairs.
Hey twin moms! Have any recommendations for things I missed? And twin-moms-to-be — have any questions about twin gear? I’d be happy to answer them in the comments!
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