Baby Essentials for Twins: The Ultimate Guide
Expecting twins is incredibly exciting and as the due date approaches, there are plenty of helpful ways you can prepare. If you already have children, you might know that the first few days (and weeks and months) right after the babies arrive involve a lot of learning. When it comes to twins, it’s a good idea to have as many items on hand as possible to streamline parenthood during the first few months and focus on getting to know the two new people in your life. Before you bring the duo home, it’s a good idea to stock up (and rest up) in preparation for the big day.
Buy Everything in Quadruplicate
You may wonder why you should buy everything in fours instead of twos. Simply put, it’s really just a good idea to stock up and be prepared. You never know when you may need an item at 4 a.m., and having it ready at home makes things much easier. It also helps to have plenty of newborn diapers and wipes on hand for those first few weeks. If you’re choosing to use pacifiers, this is another item you can stock up on. Receiving blankets and cloth diapers are other essentials that are important to have on hand. Think about building a bevy of bottles for feeding too.
Gear for Later
Depending on how much you like to plan, it’s a good idea to think about things you might need two of later. This can include things such as high chairs and toys. You can have some newborn clothes ready when the two come home, and remember that babies grow fast. It’s a good idea to have a range of first-year clothes sizes in the nursery before you come home from the hospital: newborn, 0–3 months, 3–6 months, 6–9 months, 9–12 months and 12M. This way, as the twins jump up a size, you already have what you need available. It also helps to get a bouncer or swing to help soothe one baby as you hold the other. Considering opting for swings that rock automatically or play soothing music to help lull your babies to sleep and keep them relaxed.
If you’re a mom who’s choosing to breastfeed, it’s a good idea to invest in a breastfeeding book devoted to the topic of breastfeeding with twins. “Mothering Multiples” is a great book that not only outlines breastfeeding but other topics about twins, too. A double nursing pillow is also a useful accessory. This allows you to nurse both babies at once, comfortably in your lap. You may even want to invest in two of these to see which is more comfortable for you – and for the twins.
Some twin babies remain sleeping together in one crib, while other parents choose to give twins separate cribs. Often, when infants first come home from the hospital, parents use a co-sleeper or a bassinet. If you go this route, you’ll probably need two. As far as the crib goes, you might start out with one before moving to two as the babies grow. You can set one up in the meantime as the babies enjoy the crib immediately from the hospital and have another crib waiting in the wings if you need it. It’s also a great idea to have a playpen or two on hand, as well!
Additionally, you’ll need two car seats when you go on rides. It’s important make sure you have them both installed properly before your trip to the hospital. Most hospitals don’t let you leave without a properly installed seat, so this is a great time to learn how your seats will work in the car. A double stroller is a great item to have, too. You may want to look for one that has netting and canopies to help keep the babies protected from the sun. You can also purchase canopies to attach to your stroller.