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Twin moms don’t need that much baby stuff. They need coffee and earplugs. If I had known then what I know now, my twin baby registry would have looked completely different. This is my do-over. This, my friend, is a twin mom’s fantasy baby registry. It’s too late for me, but you still have the chance to register for these items, and conquer that first year of twin-motherhood.
Even if you don’t plan on breastfeeding, this pillow is a must-have for snuggling both babies at the same time.
If you have twins and you’re breastfeeding, you’ll probably be pumping. Your insurance company should (hopefully) cover the pump, but you’ll most likely be on your own for the bag.
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Because gas is a problem for everyone, including babies.
They’re soft, cozy, and your little darlings can’t pull them off in a fit of rage. (Babies are stronger than you think!)
It was 3 am and Baby A hadn’t had a wet diaper in what felt like forever. I was pretty grateful that we had that “just in case” can of formula in the cupboard and a few bottles. (BTW, we moved on from that little setback and kept breastfeeding for 4 months!)
If you’ve decided to bottle-feed:
You’ll want to get several more bottles (20-25ish) and an additional can of formula. It’s tempting to stock up on formula, but babies can be picky so you’ll want to wait and see what works for your little ones. Oh, and get more nipples. So. Many. Nipples.
Actually, you’ll probably want two of these.
This didn’t exist when I had my twins, but bottle-feeding two babies at once is HARD. I say this system is worth a shot!
My hero. I loved this thing more than my husband for a little while.
Use these travel cribs as your bassinets. They’ll move easily from room to room and are great for traveling!
Cribs are really all about your personal style. Just make sure you remember crib size matters when you have twins. Smaller is better if you don’t have a lot of space.
Get at least 20 of these. We used swaddle blankets as nursing covers, burp rags, and sun protection.
Safer than blankets and the babies can’t uncover themselves. Get at least 10.
Parent Survival Items:
Sure, you may not receive all of these things, but you might as well try! And please, don’t worry about “etiquette”. The people looking at your registry want to do something nice for you. Plus, if someone is judging you for items you put on your twin–TWIN–baby registry list, I say they can go kick rocks.
That’s right. If you don’t already have an Amazon Prime membership, someone can give you the gift of Amazon Prime. For twin moms, it’s the gift that keeps on giving.
Alexa, reorder diapers and toilet paper, please.
Because grinding coffee while holding two babies is pretty much impossible.
Drinking coffee isn’t going to be as easy as it used to be. Make sure you have an insulated mug (or a few!) to keep that coffee warm while you tend to the littles.
An IV would be preferable, but you’ll have to settle for lots and lots of K-Cups.
Gift cards are a great option for you AND anyone purchasing off of your registry.
Cooking with newborn twins is next to impossible. Give yourself a little help.
Earplugs? Oh yes! As a new mom you will wake to any sound your little loves make in their sleep. And they make a lot of sounds in their sleep. Pretty much constantly. Even if you’re exclusively breastfeeding, you can still put Daddy in charge and plug those ears until the babies are ready to eat.
I was kind of stubborn about this. Video monitors are pretty pricey, and I got by just fine way back in 2008 when I had my oldest and video wasn’t a “thing” yet. So we went with the basic model on our registry, and ended up buying a video monitor later on. Why? As I mentioned, babies are noisy, and sometimes its hard to tell if they’re really awake or just sleep-screaming. They do that, you know. Sleep-scream.
This will help babies fall and stay asleep. Hopefully.
Get as many as you can!
They can’t use these until they’re a little older, but babies love to bounce!
You’re going to need both your arms.
This will be the key to running errands when you babies are small enough for baby carriers.
Pick any safe car seat that fits within your budget. I was really obsessed with the weight when I selected my car seats, but, it turns out, carrying two baby carriers is freakin hard no matter how heavy they are. (That’s why I strongly suggest getting the Double Snap N Go stroller.)
My twins are two, and this stroller is still the key to my happiness. This is the stroller you keep in the trunk and take with you everywhere. EVERYWHERE.
If you’re looking for a stroller to take on walks to the park, find a jogging stroller with a locking swivel wheel. Even if you don’t run now, it’s nice to have the option. Not to mention jogging strollers are usually well-built, lightweight strollers.
The “maybe” items
Just be honest with yourself. Are you the baby-wearing type or not? Also think about whether you want just one single carrier, two single carriers, or one twin carrier.
We purchased two gorgeous swings and my kids hated them. Borrow one from a friend or get something used. You can always upgrade if your twins love them.
Rock N Plays
Babies aren’t supposed to sleep in these, so I’m not convinced they’re that useful. HOWEVER, I know a lot of twin moms might disagree with me on this.
Don’t bother with
I know. It sounds like a great idea to stock up on diapers, but with twins it’s so hard to predict which sizes you’ll need. It’s better to go with the Prime membership and amazon gift cards. You can get tons of diapers in the correct sizes delivered directly to your doorstep. Awesomeness.
Of course you’ll want to get some clothes before your babies are born, but you’ll have a much better idea what sizes you’ll need closer to the end of your pregnancy. The hospital will have onsies and blankets for your babies if they happen to come before you have their wardrobe picked out, so clothing really isn’t something to stress about.
We bought a little bottle sterilizing machine and thought it was going to be this huge breakthrough. It wasn’t. It’s easier just to let the bottles soak in hot soapy water, rinse them, then let everything air dry. You can always just use the dishwasher, too.
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