For Your Home
Lots of Bouncers
I am not advocating putting your kids in there for long (in other words: do not start a fight with me in the comment section about container babies just because bouncers allowed me to cook dinner, sometimes). Your babies obviously should not sit in a bouncer all day and you will want to be snuggling them so you won’t want them to sit in one either BUT you only have two hands, and two babies. We lived in a townhome when my twins were little and we had a place to set them both down on each floor. In the basement we had two swings and on the second and third floors we had some adorable bouncers. You have to get dressed and make bottles and maybe breath by yourself for a minute so you will be happy to have functional and fun places to set them down.
Before you ask, we did not use the MamaRoo. I know it is super popular and parents swear by it but the price tag for a swing my children may or may not like was too big, and so was the MamaRoo. I wanted bouncers that were little enough to fit everywhere without getting in the way. I really did not need that many bells and whistles just some toys on top to look and bat at. I know people love it but it was not going to work for us.
Twin Z Pillow
The Twin Z Pillow is technically a breastfeeding pillow but that is just one of its purposes. It works for bottle feeding, tummy time or just a place for your twins to hang out and check out their world. It comes in a ton of adorable colors and fabrics (the minky is SO soft)
The Kiinde Twist Pouch Breast Milk Feeding System
In full disclosure I did not breastfeed at all but moms who do RAVE about he Kiinde Twist Pouch Breast Milk Storage Bag Feeding System Basically you pump into bags and without having to move the breastmilk out of the bag you attach it to the nipple/ bottle. It saves work and energy and most of all time. Because you do not want to have to spend any more time than you have to away from your babies.
LOTS of bottles
Do NOT be shy about buying extra bottles once you know what your babies like. I started with the bottles my older son adored Born Free/ BFree bottles but twins hated those (every baby/s are different) so I bought a few Dr. Brown’s bottles and they did much better. So then I tried to get by with just the 3 bottles pack I initially bought. So that’s one and a half feedings! So, I bought another pack when I wanted to not wash them constantly. Then they both got thrush and we had to sterilize! At which point I bought enough bottles to last 12 hours. Basically I would wash bottles as I went but I would only have time to sterilize (we used sterilizing bags) twice a day. Later, I didn’t mind having the extra bottles for trips out of the house and just to make life easier. So do not make extra stress for yourself: buy some extra bottles once your little ones decide what they like.
A Formula MakerTime is of the essence when you are making twin bottles! And the Baby Brezza Advanced Formula Dispenser Machine helps make those bottles quicker! It is accurate, easy and extremely helpful when you are making fifteen plus bottles a day. For when you are on the go make sure you get a portable formula dispenser (or two)
Out and About
Giant Diaper Bag
Basically you are going to want the biggest diaper bag you can comfortably carry and that looks cute and then you are going to want another small bag(s) of extras to put on the bottom or your stroller, in the car, at grandma’s and anywhere else they might regularly get tired, hungry or need a diaper change. I loved the my Skip Hop Diaper bag and my husband also got me a gorgeous Marc by Marc Jacobs diaper bag after the twins were born that I adored as well.
.Our favorite stroller for traveling (in the car or plane) was the Uppa Baby G Link double umbrella stroller. It fits easily in our cars (minivan and midsize SUV) and pops in and out easily. I was constantly pulling it in and out of the car to put the twins in to take my older son in and out of activities, or just to take a walk around the mall. It was rugged enough to withstand the use and its seats recline which was awesome. My husband complained that the small wheels (compared to our city select) made for a bumpier ride but that is the trade off of having it fit in the car.
Another great, more foldable stroller, is the Baby Jogger Double city mini We have rented the double at Disney World and it is a smooth ride and comfy for the kids. We own the single stroller for my older son and it fits more easily in the car than most non-umbrella strollers. If you’re planning on putting it in the car a lot consider the non GT, regular version. That is what we have always had and the smaller wheels are still sufficient for a smooth ride but it was much easier to fit in the car.
The Baby Jogger City Select was our favorite in-line stroller. When the twins were little my older son called it the “Choo-choo train”. The stroller has several options for seating including car seat adapters and regular seats but I loved that it had the option to put two bassinets in it. It was great for walking while they took naps or doing some shopping. The reason he called it a choo-choo train was that two bassinets made the stroller pretty long. Then, off the back, I would add a boogie board for him (he was a little shy of 3 when they were born) to stand on and of course he would make train noises and shout “all aboard”. The stroller was red adding to the effect. He loved it, I loved it and it was SO functional. The disadvantage is that it was big and didn’t fit it the car very well (that’s why we had the g-link too).
The Bugaboo Donkey is my dream stroller it is truly the luxe option. It’s spacious, adorable, and functional (and really pricey). In its “mono” (one kid) version it has a basket next to the seat for all your stuff and it has a big under seat basket. I have never met anyone who didn’t rave about theirs.
Now if you are going to leave your house in a car you will need a car seat. But I am not going to recommend any. Car seats recommendation depend greatly on your car, size of your child (are they premier), your needs (infant carrier or convertible) and your price range. You will also want to make sure any infant car seats you buy fit with your stroller. Because this is definitely not a one fits all recommendation I would highly recommend the Car Seats For the Littles Facebook Group (and website too). Read the pinned post after you join the group and it will tell you how to get recommendations for your specific situation. The Car Seat Lady is also a great place for general car seat info as well as diagrams that can tell you where in your car you can safely place car seats.
In the beginning laundry is hard to keep up with and spit ups and diaper explosions happen. We used to always buy whatever matching onesie and pants sets they had on sale at Costco or on Costco.com. We also stocked up on just solid onesies. More than once my husband cut a twin out of a onesie to avoid a poopy disaster so 5 onesies for $7.50 was the right price for that!
Having identical twins? You may need to color code them. Before my identical twin boys were born I did not believe when people told me I would not necessarily be able to tell them apart. Little did I know that I would soon be color coding them red (Josh) and blue (Jacob, because Jacob ends in “B” which stands for blue). We painted Jake’s big toenails blue (with special kid safe polish) just in case we screwed up the color coding clothes. My friend who has girls dressed them in purple and turqoise which was adorable, and functional as well.
You will really not know what products you and your twins love until you get going. Sometimes it takes a little trial and error to find the bouncer that lets you cook dinner and the bottle that feeds them not too fast, and not too slow. I hope this list has helped you start your shopping. Let me know what favorite gear is then be sure to join our email list for the latest tips and tricks!