There are plenty of great baby products out there. If you’re looking for a list of just the essential gear for baby twins, these are the things we used the most. If our experience raising twins means anything, any of these items should be what you will need as well.
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Essential Gear for Baby Twins
2 bouncers/ rockers I would have been lost without mine. When you can’t always hold two babies, these are a great place to put them. When I stopped breastfeeding, I would hold one baby and feed her a bottle while the other would have her bottle in the bouncer.
Double Snap’ n Go Stroller I’m almost always a mom on the run. This handy stroller helped me quickly get babies from the car to my appointment or errand. You just snap the carseats in, and go! It works for most brands and styles of carseat. We we given 2 hand-me-down carseats of different brands, and both brands of car seat snapped right in to the stroller frame.
Sling or carrier With the twins I found the Baby Bjorn carrier to be comfortable, while also allowing me a lot of freedom of movement. A carrier was essential for when I was shopping somewhere with a cart that only holds one baby, like when I made trips to the grocery store. I would shop with one baby in the carrier and the other in the cart. When Baby John arrived I got an Ergobaby carrier. I loved that carrier because I could carry him on my back, but could still bend over and help the twins when they needed it.
Diapers, diapers, diapers!
You’re going to need them for a long time, so stock up before the babies come!
And speaking of diapers, you will want a roomy diaper bag to hold the extra stuff that you carry around when you have two babies.
You don’t want to have to lug around a second bag when it’s already difficult enough to get out of the house with 2 babies.
Most twins arrive early, and the average birth weight for twins is 5.5 lbs. To be on the safe side, I recommend having some preemie layette on hand. Be sure and check the sizes, because “small” may be sized for a typical 7-8 lb. newborn. Or, if you are comfortable with hand-me-downs, you will be sure to find plenty of moms who would rather pass their best stuff over to you than go through the trouble of taking it to a consignment shop. We had several generous friends and family members who gave us all of their saved baby clothes, most of which were very nice outfits!
I had to say it, because car seats are essential.
Swaddling blankets or wraps.
We used these Halo swaddling wraps during the first few months when we were having the most trouble getting the twins to sleep. They were still so tiny that we needed to buy the preemie size for them to swaddle properly. The Aden + Anais breathable muslin blankets were our favorite for swaddling in hot weather. Our twins used these blankets for at least the whole first year, if not longer.
Brest Friend double nursing pillow. I had the Brest Friend nursing pillow for twins. I loved it, but it does feel like you’re wearing a shelf, haha! I particularly found the back support pillow to be a plus because it kept my girls from pushing their feet against the couch. And I actually liked the strap. At first it felt weird buckling in every time I nursed. The one time I tried nursing without strapping in, the girls forced their way into the crevice between me and the pillow. It’s was easy to get a baby latched on when she’s sliding down to your thigh! The pillow is a little slanted on the top. This never made a difference to me, but it is awkward for nursing premies. They fall into the space between the pillow and mommy. To fix this problem until they are bigger you could roll a receiving blanket and use that to fill the gap.
Double electric breast pump. Be sure to get a hospital-grade one, if possible. I used the Medela Hospital Grade Breast Pump while I was breastfeeding the twins, and then again for the year I breastfed baby John. It’s durable, efficient, and well worth the investment. I was never able to produce much when pumping, and this was the only pump that worked for me.
There are a lot of baby products on the market that you could probably live without. They may save time or look cute but mostly they just take up space and don’t get a lot of use. These were, for us, the most essential gear for our baby twins.