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Twin Must-haves

on March 6, 2013
  • Furniture / Nursery
    • Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper (Original not the Mini so you can fit two infants in there)
      • Loved this, it kept them so close during the first 2-3 months. It butts right up to your bed. Then, it converts to a Pack-n-Play that we still have set up at my sister’s house for naps over there.  Don’t forget to buy the leg extensions if your bed is on the taller size.  We never physically strapped this to my mattress, it barely moved and I liked sliding it around my room so I could make my bed in the morning.
    • An extra changing table – for your room initially, then eventually move to a family room or play room
      • This was extremely helpful, even after the babies moved out of our room.  When I’d hear one baby waking up from their nap, I would run in and get him like a special ops Navy Seal, and then change him in the family room.  It also serves as a great gathering area for all the baby stuff that invades every inch of your house.  We have this setup in their play room now and still use it every time we change them.  Their heads hit the one side while their feet rest on the other, its time for us to move on but its just so convenient.
    • Nursery furniture: We have two cribs, a dresser that had a changing table on top, and a taller 5 drawer chest.  We never once used the changing table on top of the dresser.  For some reason, we never change them in their room.  The 5 drawer chest we ordered after the other furniture, I didn’t think I’d need it and boy was I wrong. I didn’t think we’d have room but we made it fit.
    • Pack-n-Play: I had the Graco Kensington twin bassinet- Amazon just showed there is a newer one out now but it might just be a fabric change.  I had this out in my family room for when they would nap out there.  I could definitely see this being helpful if you have a two story house (mine is a ranch so we are all nice and close).This is great for traveling. It’s bigger then a standard pack-n-play, so the sheets are different.  My mom had this Graco TotBloc Playyard at her house that she inherited from my Aunt & Uncle and the boys LOVED it… it kept them busy for hours and it was huge.
    • Video monitor: Love the Summer Infant Baby Touch but I am sure there are many more to choose from now. Two cameras are helpful.  We stopped using it between 12-18 months, but I hear we will need it again once we move to big-boy beds.
    • Sound monitor: A nice backup for the video one.  It’s the only one we use now that the boys are older.  We have a Graco one.  It works pretty good- does not even come close to 2,000 ft like they advertise.  I think they have some newer ones out now.
    • Sound machine: We still use this, especially if we have people over and want to drown out voices.  The Graco Sweet Slumber is cheap, basic, and easy to use. It doesn’t get super loud but we didn’t need it to.
    • Wipe warmer
    • Diaper Genie: A must have, but the refills get expensive when they get older and the diapers get bigger.  I just heard about this new Ubbi Steel Pail that uses kitchen bags. You can even go green and use a reusable bag.. if you are up for it.
    • Easy zip crib sheets- We used Clouds & Stars, once you change your fancy matching crib sheets a few times, you’ll want these immediately.
  • Feeding
    • Boppy Pillows – definitely two. They spent a lot of time in these, especially during feedings.
    • Breast Friend – twin version.  If you plan to nurse, its a worthwhile investment.
    • Space Saver High Chair- we have two of these.  We started off using these as our every day chair, but once the boys got into real food the trays were a pain to wash and we bought regular high chairs.  These are at my mother-in-law’s house now.  You might want to just start by registering for these and see if you want the full high chair in a year.
    • High Chairs- the Graco Blossoms are great, and they convert into 4 different seats down the line. The top part of the tray snaps off so its easy to wash.
    • Booster seats- these are great to keep in your trunk for when you traveling.
    • Things to have but not registry-worthy:
      • Dr Browns Bottles – I had a lot of luck with these.  I have heard great things about the Tommee Tippees too.  I wouldn’t register for any bottles though- just buy a few two-packs so that you can try them out first.  They might not work for you. You’ll waste a precious hour of babysitting time stuck on the return line at BRU.
      • Bottle Sterilizer – whatever one matches the bottles you pick
      • Bottle Warmer  - same, get the matching one.  We used these for the few months then just heated them in the microwave, a big no-no but it worked a lot faster and you could throw them both in at once.  The bottle warmer was great at the beginning when we had a lot of visitors who wanted to feed them- it was comforting to know that no one was feeding our baby scalding hot formula.
      • Bibs – I had at least two 10-packs of these - i liked the white ones because you could tell when they were dirty, and they never clashed w their outfits. They were also soft on their skin if you needed to wipe their face with it.
      • Cloth diapers – At least two -10 packs – we used these as burp clothes and went through tons a day.  Every feeding we used a clean one for each baby.  It was a lot of laundry but formula stinks.
  • Bathing
    • Puj tub - I loved this, some of my friends didn’t. I liked bathing them in my cozy warm bathroom. They grew out of this quickly though. Once they could reach the faucet and adjust the temp it was time to move on.
    • Mini tub that fits in your bathtub – My husband still uses this one when he bathes them one at a time. I just use the regular tub and get them both done at once.
    • Bath towels: At least 4. More if you don’t want to do laundry every few days.
  • Baby Activities: These were super important because its impossible to hold both of them all day long! I only registered for the swing, play mat and bouncer chair because I didn’t want to store everything.
    • Swing
    • Play mat
    • Bouncer chair- Get one that vibrates. Great to bring places, especially the beach.
    • Jumper: I started with only one and had to run and get a second. They spent a lot of time in these
    • Saucer chair:  loved this one . I could put one in it and place the other one nearby so he could still play with the attached toys.
    • Bumbo: I didn’t get the hype with this. It felt like they were lifted too high off the ground, and even though we had the Bumbo trays, their toys still always fell out of reach. I registered two, so I kept one at my mom’s house. I rarely used it.
    • Second portable swing: Nice to have but you don’t need it.
    • I managed to avoid walkers, I didn’t want my house and floors destroyed
  • Car Seats
    • Infant carriers – obv two, and then an extra two bases if you want for your spouses’ car.  When we went in my husbands car, we just used the seatbelt to strap in their carseat instead of the base.  It is just as safe, but not as convenient.  (love the Maxi Cosi Mico, but now they have the Maxi Cosi Prezi which looks even better)
    • Toddler car seats- two, but I wouldn’t register for these.  They are huge so a pain to store (they won’t need them for at least 6-12 months, however long it takes them to outgrow the infant carrier), and they are always coming out with newer models and rules.  We have and love the Maxi Cosi Prias.
    • I am a huge Maxi Cosi fan… their seats are lighter and narrower which is ideal when you are fitting two in your car. Plus they look really good.
  • Clothing Basics: I wouldn’t register for much, you are going to get a ton as gifts.
    • Undershirts: my boys were tiny so they lived their first couple weeks in undershirts and swaddles.  I would stock up on a few packs of these in premie and newborn just in case you little ones are small! You can find them at any baby store.  They were winter babies-well, technically spring- but it was cold. For summer babies I would just get a bunch of mittens, its so sad to see them scratch their little faces.
    • One piece outfits: I didn’t have the energy to dress them fancy and cute until they were a little older.  So they spent most of their early days in onesies. Over the summer I LOVED dressing them in rompers; super easy, comfy and breathable
  • A few of my favorite things…
    • Angel Dear blankies: I think I have about 16 of these, I wont ever get caught during nap time without them. I even have them at most of our families’ houses. I obsessively wash them and they stayed in near perfect condition.
    • Avent pacifiers: the Soothies at first, then we went to the Free Flow versions after a few weeks because they’re supposed to be better for their teeth. You’ll also need pacifier holders, Booginheads were our favorite.
    • Hospital blankets- Grab as many as you can get! These were the easiest to swaddle.
    • Aquaphor, Desitin, and A&D… the only three things I have ever used on them for skin issues
    • The First Years Nail Clippers: you’ll be doing a  ton of nail clipping.  And by the time you clip the 40th nail, it will be time to start back at the beginning again. These were easy to hold and allowed me to speed through hands at a time before they even knew what i was doing.
    • The First Years Thermometer: My doctor lectured me on rectal readings being the most accurate so I have only used this one. The contoured shape is great and prevents you from hurting them.
  • Did not use…
    • Baby Bjorn / Baby carrier, although some twin moms swear by it to take care of  both at once.  We depended on having a stroller or infant car seats wherever we were.  My sister  used my Baby Bjorn a few times if we were out, it was too difficult for me to get things done with them strapped to the front of me.
    • High chair / shopping cart cover.  I didn’t register for two, and honestly if I did, I would still not feel like lugging twins, a diaper bag, and two high chair covers into restaurants.  I was just constantly wiping high chairs and shopping carts down with my portable Clorox wipes.

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