*Note that you will need to purchase the playard separately ($119).
At night, when hubby went back to work, we took shifts in the family room with these. During the day, they did triple duty: bouncer/rocker, feeder, bassinet. I love multi-taskers!! The bottom pad is removable and machine washable (great for all that spit up).
Pro tip: Make any two umbrella strollers a double with stroller connectors – great if you want the versatility. Munchkin recently discontinued their version, if you can get your hands on them on the secondary market, they work great. There are some compatibility complaints with the Prince Lionheart connectors, but they’re still great in a pinch. They make the stroller wider (vs. a normal double), but give you versatility of a double or single umbrella stroller (…or triple).
This seems to be a popular option, because it’s the most space efficient for smaller rooms. If you do decide to have the cribs touching, do make sure decorative mouldings do not cause a small gap. A fellow Phoenix twin mom brought this to my attention after her 18month old was found hanging from his head after getting stuck in the small gap between the cribs. Luckily, the boy was fine because his Mom found him quickly. It could have ended differently.
The display is 3.5″ (vs 5″ on the Samsung), so it’s a good bit smaller. Otherwise, it has many similar features of the Samsung, including:
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This is how we have our cribs arranged. We were really limited with wall space because of the closet, two windows and a door. That left no space for two cribs! Placing cribs along an outside wall is also not advised because babies can get cold at night (whoever came up with that one doesn’t live in Arizona); so if you are trying to reduce contact with the wall, this arrangement is a good shout. Just allow a good gap between the cribs or make sure they’re safely fixed together.
Another cute choice is the Cloud b Tranquil Turtle Sleep Machine (~$45, pictured below), which has natural sounds, lullabies, a rotating projector, and an on/off timer. Toddlers and preschoolers love this thing too.
Getting twins or multiple babies into a sleeping routine will help make sure everyone gets the rest they need.
Both of these bassinets can be removed and used on their own, which makes it a very versatile piece of gear. I love the changing station and the organizer on the side. More functional, perhaps, than the Twins Pack ‘n Play.
I’m a member of many online twin mom groups, and it is often asked… did your twins share a crib? The simple answer is yes, but when it comes down to the nitty gritty, there are many different sleeping arrangements for twins. Whether you’re concerned about safety or practicality, there is a lot to consider. So before you go shopping for cribs, consider how you want those babies to sleep.
I started my girls on paci’s almost right away. I decided that one would get pink, and the other purple…and that’s how it’s remained. Yes, of course they can share—they share everything else, why not germs too?!—but you will need double of these.
The cult favorite, the Bumbo, can be found on sale for similar prices as the others. It has a very limited time for use (even shorter for babies with those chunky thighs). It may not be the highest-rated seat, but many people swear by them. There is one version that becomes a high chair, which is very versatile.
That’s it for the automotive category. Next up in our twin baby registry guide…
A more affordable, portable version of the DXR-8 is the DXR-6. The screen is smaller (2.4″), sacrificing detail for mobility. You will have to buy two cameras since there is no pan or tilt option. This is your pocket-sized, carry around the house option.
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The weight limit is a whopping 40 lbs, but in bassinet mode, they’re only good for 0-6 months or so. If they fall asleep while sitting, you can easily (and without waking them) adjust the position to lie flat (i.e., the sleeping position).
There are only a handful of diaper bags made for multiples (or two or more young babies). One of our favorite brands, Skip Hop, makes a double version of the Duo, the Duo Double. It’s wide enough to clip onto the handle of your double stroller and has extra room for two or more of everything you need.
The Lamaze clip & go Freddie Firefly is great for the car seat, stroller, or as an extra toy for on the go.
I was able to use the Boppy to tandem feed, but it works only if you can fit the darn thing around your waist (the postpartum twin belly is something to behold…). This isn’t as hands-free as a tandem feeding pillow, but I would prop the baby’s heads up on the side and hold my arms around them. Again, not our favorite, but if you can borrow a Boppy from your friend (because everyone has one), it could be a nice extra for a second floor.
Most health insurance companies will cover the purchase of a personal pump or the rental fees of hospital pump. The thing about the hospital pump is that it’s very strong, which is great for establishing your supply, especially with twins.
This one is old school and powered by imagination (they should hire me for marketing, honestly). It has balls to spin, gears to turn and flaps to flip, making it quieter (yay!) but just as much fun.
Push toys: more great multi-taskers! From tummy time, to sitting, to standing, to pushing, these toys will get tons of mileage.
Use this in conjunction with our Twins Registry Cheat Sheet (spreadsheet format), and you’ll be way ahead of the game 😉 Note that this is just a summary — some of these items (car seats, strollers, etc.) are accompanied by a more detailed guide.
With triplets, you can place them next to each other across a cot while they’re still small enough to fit. They should be laid on their backs with their feet touching the side (effectively the foot) of the cot.
I recommend you get a set of stroller toys for each baby. I like these Go-Go Bugs from Sassy because you can wrap them around the baby’s wrist for fun outside the car seat (nom nom nom) and you won’t worry about losing them.
Evenflo Embrace Select — Economy Pick Safety 1st onBoard 35 & onBoard 35 Air Graco SnugRide 35 LX — Parent’s Choice Britax B-Safe 35 & B-Safe 35 Elite Chicco KeyFit 30 — Editor’s Choice #1 UPPAbaby Mesa Maxi-Cosi Mico Max 30 — Editor’s Choice #2 Nuna PIPA Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 Cybex Aton Q — Luxe Pick
This is always a delicate subject, because the world is torn between whether its a great idea or a terrible one. Accidents can happen, but at the same time they are so close-by, you are more likely to notice if something is wrong. I honestly don’t know where I stand on the safety factor, all I know is when there is a child in my bed, let alone two, I don’t sleep. They fidget, you get butts in your face, and it’s all round a disaster for mom’s precious sleep.
Little Lotus is super easy to get on and off. The shoulder snaps and zippers provide easy in & out access as well as a “do not disturb” diaper access zipper. The swaddles also have multiple shoulder snaps for neckline adjustment, a distinct wing design for the perfect swaddle, and high quality Velcro for quieter application.
Ju-Ju-Be makes a twins (larger) version of the beloved “B.F.F.” bag. Their Be Prepared bag has 17 pockets, including insulated bottle pockets so you can (try to) stay organized. It even has “crumb drains,” which – now that I know exist – I want in everything.
If you put your twins in the same cot, follow the same safe sleeping advice as for a single baby. They should be placed on their backs with the tops of their heads facing one another and their feet at opposite ends of the cot, or side by side on their backs, with their feet at the foot of the cot.
Co-Bedding: when siblings or multiples share the same sleeping area, such as a crib or a co-sleeper Co-Sleeping: When one or more parent shares the bedroom with their babies, either in the same bed or with babies right next to or near the bed Bed-sharing: when one or more parent sleeps in the same bed as the babies
I always err on the side of registering for more with the caveat that you can always return stuff. Most stores allow you to make returns within the first year on anything from your registry, but gift receipts will become your best friend. Hang onto them!
The bottom line is that there isn’t enough evidence to recommend for or against co-bedding. And for this reason, the AAP (who always takes a conservative approach) recommends against it. If you’re the worrying type, go ahead and separate them so you don’t lose any sleep over it.
Twins have the best incentive to escape their crib… they have a sibling to get to! Once my boys have worked out how to do this, they will be moving into beds, even though it may be earlier than I’d like. If you’re considering your sleeping arrangements for twins in beds or bunks, head over to my design post on beds for shared rooms.
My parents also used the bouncers to feed the girls. We loved the Fisher-Price, Geo Meadow; it had a nice design, was portable, and inexpensive (since we needed two and all). It has an activity bar that is easy to move on and off, plus it’s lightweight and easy to move from room to room (although I definitely recommend getting one baby “holder” per floor.)
If you want a failsafe combo, I’d get two Chicco KeyFit car seats and the Joovy Twin Roo+. The thing about the Chicco KeyFit is that nearly every stroller in the world is compatible with this car seat, from cheap to expensive, and those made in America, Europe and China. Plus, again, it’s great for preemies.
The group Rednose.com.au/ (Australia) claims that research has shown that the safest way to sleep twins in the home is in their own safe sleeping container (crib, portable crib, bassinet, or cradle) in the parent’s room for the first 6-12 months.
For the multi-tasking win, the Summer Infant Superseat (above) has activity bars and transforms into a booster seat.
Outside of the nursery, a standard “oversized” rocking recliner works until you outgrow it.
If your babies are premature – especially if they have health problems and are unable/too small to latch – you are strongly encouraged to pump and feed them your milk (or feed directly from the breast, if they are physically able to do so). If your babies are healthy and full-term, you should be able to feed them directly from the breast.
Again, the thought is that… eventually, your twins will need to be separated to sleep, so most pediatricians recommend separating them relatively early so you don’t have to worry about a difficult transition.
A quick and easy option is to buy Medela’s “starter kit” shoulder bag (which insurance companies usually do not cover and overcharge for if you order with the free pump), it includes a cooler bag with ice pack and all parts you need. It gets the job done. The bag, oddly enough, is a tight fit with the pump and cooler in it—no room for any extras (granola bars…books…magazines).
However, there are plenty of ways to encourage a good sleeping routine so that everyone gets enough rest.
One drawback: it’s a little harder keeping the cups in place, or make sure they’re in place because you can’t see as clearly as with regular breast shields. Let’s just say on one ride home, I gave myself a giant boob-hickey and had to pump again at home.
Baby holding devices: double down on these, but only open one to make sure the babies like them.
For daycare, we use a Backpack Diaper Bag, because carrying two infant seats and a regular shoulder bag is just too much for that early in the morning (or after a road-raged drive home). These are also a good option for dad and/or anyone who walks everywhere; shoulder bags are just going to leave you hurt, guurrrll.
The horrific story of Jordan DeRosier and the loss of her 7month old son this week made my stomach wrench and my eyes fill with tears the second I saw her post on Facebook. I can not stress enough the importance of not using blankets in your crib before 12 months. With twins there seems to be even more of a risk that one will get tangled, because there are two blankets and two moving babies. I had mine swaddled for the first couple of months, but once they started to bust out of that swaddle, they only wore sleepsacks.
Instead, get some motion sensor lights that you can stick on the wall without having to worry. Or get a night “lamp”—a cordless, rechargeable lamp you or your kiddos can walk with.
After four months, when your babies can flip over on their own, it’s time to transition from swaddles to wearable blankets; these are a must-have.
My Brest Friend has a twin breastfeeding pillow that gets rave reviews. It’s a little different than others in that it clips around your back, providing back support and a stable base for tandem (or single) nursing. The best part is the pocket on the side, so you never lose your ever-important iPhone and water during those first few frenetic days of nursing. I (Marissa) used this, and it was the best and easiest way for me to tandem-nurse – definitely a twin baby registry guide must-have!
Medela Sonata ~$359 is marketed as the Cadillac of breast pumps, this pump is fancy and promising. Note that most insurance companies do not offer this pump on the menu of choices, but some do! You can also read our full review of the Sonata.
While you’re shopping, grab yourself a pair of connectors with valves and membranes (never hurts to have a second set on hand if your pump came with them). To read more about the bits and pieces you’ll need, go here.
You won’t need a high chair until about 6 months, so unless you want to put it on the registry, you can wait on them.
Top nursing bra picks include Bravado! (wire-free) and Anita for an underwire option. Many lactation consultants will tell you to stay away from underwire while nursing because it can cause blocked ducts, but larger breasted women find this completely impractical (translation: do what you gotta do). [Complete Nursing Bra guide]
The Twingaroo is perfect for tandem-wearing twins. It’s easy to get on and off by yourself, and feels very secure. My girls love it! With this carrier, you can also just wear one baby at a time using the conversion kit.
You can also read our advice on sleep and tiredness after having a baby.
If two sleeper contraptions in the middle of your bed doesn’t sound practical to you (I don’t have a king bed either…), Dr. Sears, the attachment parenting guru, recommends a co-sleeper to allow for the extra space needed.
For the first few months, you’ll start with in a wrap-style carrier. My favorite is the Boba Wrap, because it is very s-t-r-e-t-c-h-y and perfect for tandem wrapping. I recommend that you check out YouTube for great how-to videos.
That’s the end of the Twin Baby Registry Guide! Don’t worry, it sounds like a lot (well, it is), but it will all be okay 🙂
When your twins are older, you may choose to put them in separate cots placed close together, so they can continue to comfort each other. If older twins are disturbing one another, you may think about giving them separate rooms if you have enough space.
Dr. Sears, a well-known American attachment parenting expert, also okays the practice of co-bedding “in the early months.” Some may choose to do it longer – even indefinitely.
It’s true that some people skip over the infant seat and go directly to a bigger, heavier convertible seat; for twins, we highly recommend you stick to an infant car seat. Infant car seats are nice and portable making it easier to get around with multiples (especially in the winter). Convertible seats are notorious for being too big for newborns, even on the smallest setting; this problem is even worse for preemies.
Depending on your nursery set-up, you can get one camera that can pan and tilt to see everyone — or, you can get multiple cameras (one parent unit with add-on cameras). The parent unit can either scan between the different cameras, or show smaller pictures of each camera on a split-screen. Our top video picks are:
Little Lotus swaddles and sleeping bags use phase-change technology to keep your baby at the perfect temperature. Yes, they are pricey, but if you are one of those parents who obsesses about whether baby is too hot (or too cold! — especially parents of preemies), I think you will fall in love with Little Lotus.
If you plan on getting an audio-only monitor, you will only need one to listen in on the babes. Check out our list of faves here.
Once your babies start getting bigger and eating more, I recommend getting bigger bottles if you are filling up the smaller ones. Medela 8oz Bottles work great.
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*A lot has changed in the world of breast pumps over the last couple of years; check out all of our latest breast pump (hospital-grade and personal) recommendations here.
There are two main players in the push toy game (sounds intense, I know).
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Your babies are used to tight quarters, sharing space with their wombmate(s)..get it..ha!
There are some really inventive products on the market geared towards multiples to make feeding them much easier. I (Marissa) did a combo of nursing, pumping and supplementing with formula, and so it was really helpful to have convenient venues to simultaneously feed my babies’ their bottles (for me and any other caregivers), as well as a simple and quick way to mix and pour formula.
You will need somewhere to sit with, read to, rock and feed both babies (sleeping on it isn’t too bad either).
If you do wind up with preemies, or low birth-weight babies, you want to make sure the car seat is not what prevents them from coming home from the hospital. The AAP recommends a car seat challenge (ICSC) for all babies born before 37 weeks and I’ve never known a NICU that doesn’t enforce it. This test ensures the baby is strong enough to hold his/her head up for a long drive home (approx. 90 min).
For more options for bassinets, double cribs and strollers, check out my other post –> Clever Stuff for twins to Sleep In.
If you plan on going places with these babies, and you know you’ll be gone for more than three hours (livin’ on the wild side), you’ll need a way to nurse them. I did my fair share of feeding in the car when the girls were little.
A great soft structured option (for newborns only), is the Weego carrier. This carrier is made specifically for wearing both in front.
If you plan on nursing in it, you’ll need to prop your feet up to get into a good position; for this, you can use a nursing stool or ottoman.
A generation ago, we were all bundled up in blankets, in cribs decorated with padded bumpers, sleeping on our bellies nuzzled up against a cuddly toy. The campaign to encourage moms to sleep babies on their backs and keep them away from smoke (amongst other things) has seen a huge decline in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). But sadly since 2000, deaths classified as ASSB (accidental suffocation and strangulation in bedding) have slightly increased.
Lots of people ask if the babies can sleep together when they are so tiny. And sure, they fit, BUTTT once they squirm, roll, do the worm, etc., again, there is the risk of smothering each other—yikes. Not to mention waking each other up. Your call, but better to play it safe, IMO.
If I had one item to bring to a desert island, it would be the Twin Z pillow. It’s truly amazing. During the first few weeks I literally just lounged in this pillow with the girls while they ate and slept. The middle section comes up and becomes a backrest, while the two sides wrap around you and clip in front. With all the different uses (nursing, bottle feeding, tummy time, sitting up and lounging), this pillow is my top pick. It’s also on my list of Top 5 Most Useful Items for Twins.
One of our favorites is the UPPAbaby G-Link, which is a high-quality, heavy duty, double umbrella that will serve you well for years to come. It’s also perfect for travel.
Note that two baby swings will take up an awful lot of floor space, so it may be better to get one and then mix and match with another of the aforementioned items.
Many twin moms will find it easier to have one baby on each side of them, making breastfeeding during the night simple. Personally I like to be able to slide out of bed without disturbing them, so on the odd occasion I had them in the bed they went between Daddy and me. But they would always end up smooched into my armpit together, so I never got any sleep!
Stock up on washcloths, as “wipe downs” will become part of your routine on the “off” days. Baby Magic is perfect for non-bath days and doesn’t require rinsing.
We have three sheets for each babe and I have never needed more. Usually, I am only needing to change one crib (yes, you could change them both but in real life it usually is a hassle and you forget and you are tired).
Bottles Burp Cloths Formula Paraphernalia Breast Care Supplies Nursing Pads Nursing Covers Breast Pumps Nursing Wear Pumping Bras Milk Storage Nursing Pillows
A hospital pump is great to use during your stay, plus it is included in the price (no need to bring your personal one). Hospital grade pumps are stronger than other pumps, which is perfect for establishing your supply. If you can afford the rental fee for a month, you can use it to pump a little before every feeding or first thing in the morning, which is a great way to increase your supply (plus, stock up that liquid gold in the freezer!).
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No need to get multiple soaps, shampoos or other toiletries; start out with one of each, and see how fast you go through them. Over time you can switch to large sizes if necessary.
We had two swings, but used them mainly as baby holders or for distraction purposes while we prepped bottles. I was terrified of having the girls rely on the motion to sleep, but many (many, many) moms and dads swear by baby swings.
You are going to need lots of bottles, especially if you are exclusively pumping or formula feeding. Even if you are nursing, you’ll want to have bottles handy.
This pitcher is super easy to use (important, because believe me, the last thing you’ll want to deal with when you have newborn twins is reading instruction manuals!), and mixes up to four bottles at one time. We actually purchased two of these bad boys and pre-made our pitchers (and eventually our bottles) every night. This was so convenient, because when it came time for a feeding, all I had to do was either reach into the fridge to grab my pre-made bottles, or grab a pitcher and pour my bottles right before the feed. The other thing I loved about this pitcher is that it mixes really well with minimal clumps, and all parts can be thrown into the dishwasher. One thing to note, however, is that you can really only mix up to 32 oz of formula at a time; if you try to mix more than that, it will spill out the sides.
Bottom line: With these caveats, the Freemie is great if you want to pump on the drive (or discreetly at work). The cups are compatible with most pumps.
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I also had trouble fitting the collection cups in my bra (even when unclasped), so they only worked if I was wearing a cami. Then again, I have a larger chest, so these will work better if you have a smaller or normal size chest.
Though I didn’t use this myself, one twin mama reader e-mailed us to say this was one of her can’t-live-without products. There are simply times (many, many times!) when you just wish your babies could hold their own bottles, so you could be hand-free for a few moments (you know, to attend to the other baby, another child, your own needs for a change…ha!). These bottle slings work with most infant carseats and bottles (make sure to check they do, in fact, work with yours before purchasing). But please note, it’s not safe to use these in a moving vehicle.
You could do the Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper Mini Ezee 2-in-1, one for each side of the bed. These are great options, but not particularly lightweight or portable.
Enter the Freemie. When I had to pump in the car, I would cover the evidence with a loose, drapey top. To make it even easier, you can use Freemie collection cups with your regular pump, which lets you pump without getting half-naked.
With twins, you might want to know which baby is crying in addition to why he/she is crying. In that case, you’ll want a video monitor.
You can also wait on this purchase until later on in the first year; you’ll be fine as long as you have your “frame stroller.”
Many twin moms choose to use a pack n play with basinet attachments for the first couple months. They are at a good height to reduce bending (especially useful post c-section) and allows separate sleeping space without swallowing the room while they’re in with you. The Graco is particularly popular –> Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard with Twins Bassinet (Amazon affiliate link)
SIDS occurs when babies stop breathing due to entering a stage of very deep sleep and may be exacerbated when a bedding item (or a parent, for that matter) obstructs or partially obstructs their airflow.
Preemies need a small swaddle to get started. The Summer Infant SwaddlePod fits from 5-10 pounds. These are so quick and easy to use, just zip it on and open from the bottom for easy diaper changes.
The bouncers mentioned above are all in the economy category. If you’re looking for something more modern and sleek, check out our “Favorite Fancy Bouncers.” Mind you, they are all more expensive.
It was hard at first (it’s hard even for a singleton), but after the initial learning curve, it became much easier.
Battery-powered monitors that clip on the diaper are great for traveling or if your babies don’t always sleep in the same spot. If you’re going this route, you’ll need one per baby. Read up more on the Diaper Clip Monitors here.
Please start by reading the double stroller intro here for the general lowdown, then (once you have a better idea of your needs), move onto our Best Full-Sized Strollers for Twins [or triplets/quads].
This is important data for doctor’s appointments and peace of mind, especially in the beginning. If one baby needs to be changed, change them both/all – you will go crazy trying to remember otherwise.
*Check out our full review on car seat frame strollers here.
So, swaddle up! You will use these every day, so I would make sure to get enough to last you until your next wash. Here are some suggestions, all which come in preemie sizes:
Other than that, the guidance for feeding supplies is pretty much the same as it is for singletons, which can be found here.
Yes, I could feed them one at a time just about anywhere, but that stressed me out because they both always wanted to be eat nowwww (!!!). Inevitably, one baby will be crying and you will wonder how much longer the other baby will be eating – ACK! Trust me… it’s too much.
If your car doesn’t have built-in sunshades, it’s worthwhile to buy some. I like the cling-on shades by Enovoe (insert Star Trek joke here). They come in a two-pack and won’t fall off every time you close the door. *Be sure these do not obstruct your field of vision.
5.0” LCD color screen w/ B&W night vision Remote control pan, tilt and zoom camera for best view of baby Expandable system – add up to 4 cameras Soft-glow camera 800 ft. range Rechargeable batteries included Remote talk back (walkie-talkie like feature) Temperature display on screen Infant Optics DXR-6 Video Baby Monitor ~ $80
Another option is the Halo Bassinest Swivel Sleeper. The easy swivel has c-section MOM’s in mind. This is a smaller sleeping area than the Arm’s Reach, so one per baby, please. With any of these, you can also mix and match. One “Bassinest” and one Graco Travel Lite mini crib, for example. Again, these have a short lifespan, so save some money and borrow this stuff if you can.
This is must-have for many, depending on your lifestyle (and one that I overlooked, initially).
If you’re a city dweller (or lack trunk space), you may also want to seriously look into getting a double umbrella stroller, especially if you think someone will buy it for you [wry smile].
Romp & Roost, a relatively new company, came out with this dividable play yard in June, 2018. This is a great solution for when you need two separate sleeping spaces in a small area. The divider is removable for when the twins get older, or for play time together. This isn’t the ideal solution for newborns since they are so low to the ground (meaning you have to bend down more). Great for a second floor, grandparents’ houses, or to take on trips.
This video monitor works well for singletons and multiples. The pan, tilt, and zoom make it possible to only have one camera if your multiples share a room, but this particular set comes with an additional camera. If the room layout prevents seeing all kids by panning, tilting, and the like, you can have up to four cameras with the one parent unit. The parent unit can view all the cameras at once with a split screen (no audio during split screen) or it will scan through all the cameras [rolling schedule] one at a time.
If you drive a lot, get a couple of headrest mirrors. These are super helpful when it comes to answering all of the “who is” (crying, spitting up, etc.) questions you will have while on the road. Your babies will be rear-facing for the first two years (at least), so it will be worth the money. Note that these can become a projectile in a crash, so make sure they are installed VERY securely!
Instead, do ’em both at once with this handy dandy inflatable nursing pillow. Since it’s made for one baby, you can actually fit it in the front seat (while the car is off and in “park”, people) and (semi-) discreetly feed both babies at once.
If you’re doing the movement monitor thing, our top pick is the Angelcare Movement and Sound Video Monitor (~$114). Angelcare has a new version out in two sizes, 4.3 inch – AC417 & 5 inch – AC517. These have sensor pads that go under the mattress, so you will need one movement monitor per baby. If no movement is detected within 20 seconds, the parent is alerted (hope you don’t mind false alarms!). You can also just purchase the Angelcare Movement Only Monitor as well. The efficacy of these monitors has not been proven in any kind of trials, these are not medical devices, and not subject to the FDA’s approval process. Read all about movement monitors here.
Car Seats Strollers Twin Carriers Bouncers Bath Time Gear Sleeping Stuff Cribs Monitors Diapering Feeding Rockers/Gliders Pumping Nursing Stuff Clothing Playtime Diaper Bags High Chairs Baby Meds
If you prefer going a la carte, start shopping for a large tote (make sure it’s easy to clean in case of spillage) and a nice cooler bag (remember you will have more milk, so get a big one!).
There are several reasons why two or more babies may be more difficult to get into a good sleeping routine.
Joovy’s newborn sleeping solution, the Room2 Nursery Center, has two separate bassinets for babies up to 15 lbs each and a changing table that hangs from the side when not in use. Guys, having a place to change the babies at night while in your room, is a HUGE must-have! The Graco PNP (below) does not. We like this nursery center because it can later be a playard for older twins.
We loved the Aden + Anais sleeping bag for warm weather, and on cold winter nights, we use Carter’s sleep sack. For mild weather, the HALO cotton sleep sack is the perfect weight.
Bed-sharing has its own risks; namely, blankets, pillows, duvets, soft mattresses and other items that are known contributors to SIDS and/or accidental suffocation. A nine month-old in Meg’s BabyCenter.com birth club died when he rolled into a crack between the mattress and the wall and suffocated – Meg says she’ll never forget it. Unfortunately, these stories are not too uncommon.
The decision on what kind of stroller you’ll need – tandem, side-by-side (SBS), umbrella, all-terrain or jogger – will depend on several factors, such as, where you live (city/suburbs, house/apartment), where you plan on taking the stroller, and where you store it (in the car vs. in the garage).
Our last (and favorite!): for the grand poobah of twin-babywearing, I recommend the Twin Go [below] because it’s super sturdy, well-made and designed to be worn for long stretches at a time. This carrier is a little complex at first, but the instruction booklet is easy to follow.
The Fisher-Price Sit-Me-Up (below) is a space-saver with an easy fold option.
Spectra S1 ($200) and S2 ($159) are newer on the scene. Dethroning the Medela was no easy feat, and Spectra is continuing to convert many former loyal Medela devotees.The S2 is a double/single pump and the S1 is the same, but it comes with a built-in rechargeable battery. Other than color, this battery feature is the ONLY difference between the S1 and the S2; there is a car adapter for the S2 that is available for purchase separately. The S1 and S2 are designed as hospital-strength pumps, but for everyday, at-home use.
If you’re going to be moving the bouncer around a lot – or bringing it to the grandparent’s – this Tiny Love Travel Bouncer folds down for easy transport.
To wash my pump parts and the bottles, the NICU gave me Dapple Baby Bottle & Dish Liquid. I love the travel size, which you can keep in your pump bag. I also use it on all the baby dishes so I don’t have to worry about them eating harsh soap (we’ll save that for when they say fuuddge).
I rented the hospital pump for the first month, then got the personal pump from my insurance company (fo’ free!) – that was the best combo for me, personally.
Visually, I like end to end… it gives a symmetry to the room that can look adorable. However, if you want to have the cribs touching, just make sure they do actually touch, you may even want to fix them together. Otherwise, spread them apart to create a good sized gap, one that will mean baby will land on the floor rather than get caught on their way down.
HD Camera with 5.0″ Touch Screen Monitor Remote 300° Pan Angle/110° Tilt Angle Camera Voice Activated Mode (VOX) 4 Pre-programmed Lullabies 900 ft. range Non-Visible IR LEDs – Night Vision up to 16ft.
Two-Way Talk Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor ~ $165
Stock your closet with at least three sets of hooded towels – that should be enough to get you through the week, or at least to the next wash cycle. You will be doing a lot of laundry anyway, and since daily baths are unnecessary and impractical (they take twice as long, at least), you don’t need a ton of towels.
You may put your twins to sleep in a single cot while they’re small enough, either because they slept together in hospital or because space is limited. This is called co-bedding and is perfectly safe. In fact, putting twins in the same cot can help them regulate their body temperatures and sleep cycles, and can soothe them and their twin.
You can take the legs off most activity tables in the early days to use for tummy time.
The fun decision you get to make is whether you want to dress your twins identically, in coordinating outfits, or uniquely (or do a bit of it all! Why not? Go crazy, MOMs…this is the fun stuff!).
Grab a nursing nightgown with clasps or just wear your favorite pajama pants with your nursing tank. You’ll be a happier mom if you make yourself comfortable while nursing. [Complete Nursing Wear guide].
*Check out all of our bouncer and swing recommendations here. If you’re looking for something that’s dual-action, check out our hybrid recommendations here.
For more advice on creating a soothing night-time environment, read our page on Getting your baby to sleep. The Multiple Births Foundation produces a book called “How do you get twins (or more) to sleep?” that can be bought for £3 from their website.
*Joovy offers parents of multiples a lifetime discount (did I tell you I LOVE Joovy!) just call them at 877-456-5049 or email [email protected]
“Try putting one baby next to you and the other in a bedside co-sleeper, a crib-like bed that attaches safely to your bed. ” (Dr Sears, Parenting.com)
Baby Trend is breaking into the double bassinet game with a very cool looking Twins Playard Set. New on the market, the removable bassinets get me almost excited enough to want another set of twins….almost.
Of course the Medela Pump In Style Advanced (PISA) has always been a favorite and go-to for many moms.
It’s a pricier option at $200 (gotta pay for that crumb drain technology somehow, folks), but those who have it love it. You’ll get years of use out of it, and it also works as an overnighter.
Even if you aren’t surrounded by friends and co-workers who will be showering you with gifts, a registry is a good idea because it’s a central place for your list of needed items.
The big takeaway for twins is: don’t get a bottle that has a million parts (Dr. Browns, for example).
If you are pumping at work, transfer your milk into bags right away and keep reusing the bottles for collection. This way takes up much less space (which is at a premium with double the milk). *Read more about milk storage here.
Finally, our favorite is a bouncer that does triple duty is the Tiny Love 3 in 1. You can use it as a bassinet (for napping), a bouncer, and a semi-reclined seat. We had these on the first floor for dinner duty, sleeping purposes, and you know, bathroom breaks. 😉 Please note, however, that even in the “napping” position, this bouncer does not lay completely flat – it lays at a 169 degree angle. This is helpful for napping babies after feedings (you know, so they don’t spit up their entire meal).
We ended up using two of each, mostly due to logistics. Sure, you can put one baby in the swing while changing the other, but what are you going to do when you need to switch?… logistics nightmare.
Summer Infant’s Panorama monitor comes with one camera that rotates 180 degrees from one crib to the other, and zooms in 4x closer so you can see each baby. You can also add additional cameras for the same room or for additional rooms. The monitor will scan between the cameras. If you have an odd-shaped room or really want one camera per baby the Wide View 2.0 DUO is a great value at $199.
For twins, you will need double the clothes. Because it’s double the dollars, I recommend you get hand-me-downs or hit up consignment sales whenever possible.
You gotta accessorize, but make sure none of them interfere with the car seat doing its job: keeping the babies safe.
People love buying babies clothes – and as mentioned, you have multiple babies to dress! – so clothing items definitely make our twin baby registry guide.
*We cannot advise for or against co-bedding or bed-sharing, we are simply presenting both sides of the issue.
Though it can’t really be used right away – although I did, and I just made my girls super snug in it by rolling up receiving blankets around their bodies and heads so they couldn’t move or slide down – it is super helpful in tandem-bottle feeding your babes.
*Read all about diapers, types, options and the products you’ll need here.
It’s recommended that babies sleep in the same room as their parents for the first six months, as this is known to reduce the risk of cot death.
The concept is genius: boob implants that collect breast milk. My experience is that they do the job, but don’t have the strongest suction.
Use a single cot for co-bedding, but not a Moses basket, as it’ll be too small for two babies. Co-bedding means you can keep your babies with you in your room for longer.
This is how we had our twins sleeping for the first three months. They have enough space that you can pick them up without waking the other, but they feel close enough to encourage self-regulation. At three months, they became too tall to lay in this position, and they started to rotate in the night and kick each other in the head! So we moved them at that point into their own cribs.
You’ll want a hands-free pumping bra for all this pumping. The go-to pumping bra is Simple Wishes, which prevents you from spilling that precious milk when you fall asleep while pumping at 3 AM! (or PM, for that matter).
NHS Choices (UK), on the other hand, says, “you may put your twins to sleep in a single cot [crib] while they’re small enough, either because they slept together in [the] hospital or because space is tight. In fact, putting twins in the same cot [crib] can help them regulate their body temperatures and sleep cycles, and can soothe them and their twin.”
Infant Optics makes another top pick that is slightly more affordable. Infant Optics makes interchangeable lenses that can pan and tilt (normal, wide angle or zoom 2x). This unique feature of Infant Optics allows you to see the entire nursery with the wide angle lens (make sure you get a wide angle made after October 2015 so it has night vision). Another option for your multiples is to get additional cameras, and again, the parent unit will scan between all the cameras or you can manually switch.
If you want to reduce the temptation to try and climb from one crib to the other you may choose to just keep those pesky babies as far apart as possible!
Your best bet is to create a “diapering station” on each floor of your house (or each baby area) so you always have the necessities nearby. In the beginning, it’s eat, sleep, and poop on repeat; with sleep deprivation and mom-brain, it’s hard to keep track of who did what and when.
A related item, and something that is a twin baby registry guide must-have, is a baby swing. Most Moms of Multiples will tell you to get two.
Some people have had issues with it sagging in the middle while in bassinet mode. We had no issues until we took it apart and put it together again (albeit not very diligently). It takes some effort to get it just right, but then you are set.
This pillow is highly recommended for nursing twins because of the ‘L’ shape. It’s not tight around a sore postpartum or C-section belly and it’s longer than most. It’s also a comfy pillow to use during pregnancy or for reading at night. Yes, very versatile indeed.
You can make do with one if you are good at distraction, but to reduce stress and crying, consider getting one per babe.
It can be difficult to find the space for two cribs. And you may limited as the arrangement you can create in your new nursery.
*Read all about what you’ll need (incl. mattress, mattress cover, crib sheets and blankets) here.
The two questions here are: 1. Can the babies share the same space (co-bedding)? The follow-up question is 2. Can the twins sleep in the bed with mom and/or dad (bed-sharing)? Note that the chief concern (accidental smothering and suffocation) is the same for both of these situations.
I must say, I never tried this one, although it is often recommended as the safest way to co-bed twins. Their heads a close enough to hear each other’s breathing, but faces are clear of legs and accompanying swaddles/sleep sacks.
For nursing twins, you want a bra that unlatches on each side. “Sleep bras” aren’t very practical for tandem feeding since you can only pull one side down at a time.
No twin baby registry guide is complete without diapers. In the first year, twins go through more than 4,500 diapers, and triplets use over 6,800.
Instead of using the Medela “horns,” I highly recommend the Pumpin Pal Super Shields. Yes, these will change your life! There are several sizes, so you will always have a good fit if/when you become engorged, and for when your boobs get smaller again (yes, they shrink back down).
We have both of these and the girls are intrigued by them equally.
The best part of Pumping Pals is you can lean back to pump (rather than having to sit bolt-upright). I don’t even want to talk about how much milk I lost falling asleep while pumping (and you WILL cry over spilled milk).
This farm-themed pusher is battery powered. Singing songs and calling out shapes, it’s good times for all… that is until you turn off the volume and hope no one notices (toy noises will be the bane of your existence, trust me).
It has a mobile/toy bar that can be moved aside or removed, so not to overstimulate. During playtime, there are several (9) different songs/melodies to play. It has a battery powered vibrator (not that kind of vibrator…dirty minds) or you can just rock it with your foot (read: not automatic).
For outings, I recommend some paci clips, which minimize any dropping of pacifiers…or teethers…or toys – believe me babies loooove to do that.
This will be your best friend for the next year; it’s imperative that you double check that your car seat is compatible and/or that you are buying the right adapters!
Instead of washing your parts each time you pump, you can rinse and keep in the fridge (don’t be too gross – give them a thorough cleaning every day or two). You can keep them in the cooler, a plastic bag or a wet bag. See here for in-depth advice on pumping at work.
Regarding #1 (co-bedding), the conservative/mainstream school of thought in the western world is that it’s best to separate the twins “early on” since they’ll need their own sleeping space eventually. The attachment parenting contingent refutes this, saying twins can sleep together indefinitely and are happier for it.
*See all of our recommendations here. You may be advised to hold off on pacifiers until nursing/latching is well established, but many insist it doesn’t matter.
Once they were done with bottles, my girls loved to hang out in their seats and play! So beyond feeding, it just made for a good (and compact) place to set the babies down (you know – for your own bathroom runs, snack breaks…sanity…).
A lack of sleep can be a problem for any new parent. But for mothers of multiples trying to get two or more babies into a sleeping routine, it can be even harder.
Twins and triplets are more likely to be born prematurely and spend time in neonatal care, where they’re used to being touched and nursed frequently. They may miss this contact and find it hard to settle when they come home.
*Push toys are for older infants, starting around 10 months or so (in other words, you can wait on these).
There is concern that these interfere with proper development. That said, if you have multiples, you might need to use them from time to time – and that’s okay! As with everything, moderation is key. Only use when the baby is developmentally ready (I had a friend put a 3-week-old in a Bumbo—nooooo!!) and don’t keep them in there for hours at a time.
Hatch Baby came out with a tech sound machine, nightlight, and ok-to-wake indicator in one: the Hatch Baby Rest ($59). Check out our full review here.
New Product Alert! Halo recently came out with a Bassinet Swivel Sleeper for Twins! Similar to their regular sleeper (pictured above), their version for twins is bigger, and includes a breathable mesh divider so babies can have their own space, yet still enjoy the same sense of togetherness as they did in the womb. The sleeper swivels a full 360 degrees so you can easily bring the twin who is fussing closer to you for feedings, soothing, etc.. The side walls lower and raise back up so you can pull your babies out, and put them back in again; they also lock into place for safety purposes. The entire sleeper can be raised or lowered as well.
You can go low-tech with a notepad or a printed chart – or go high-tech with an app to track feedings & dirty/wet diapers. Here are a few apps that will accommodate two or more babies:
You may have concerns about the safety of your twins while sharing a crib. You often see photos of twins snuggled tightly together while sleeping, after all they were pretty up close and personal in utero. We have a number of those adorable moments captured on camera ourselves, but, generally I felt more comfortable when the twins were close together but not snuggling. In the hospital I had them share a box (that’s pretty much all you can call those plastic tubs) but only for a couple of days because I found they started to wake each other up. Still, I believe having them close to each other helps them stay calm, even today now they’re 20month old.
The question everyone wants to know is: can the twins share a sleeping spot (known as “co-bedding”)? We tried to get a definitive answer on this, but like many parenting matters, the answer is not very black and white.
The favorite paci is the Soothie by Philips AVENT. The hospital usually gives you a few of these, but they are only good until 3 months.
Recap: Again, if you have a big house, or plan on feeding in different areas, it’s important to get one pillow for each area. Trust me, “running upstairs to get something” after a c-section is NOT advised.
If you have a long drive to work or if you drive often, get a car adapter for your breast pump (if your pump doesn’t come with one). I’ve pumped as a passenger, I’ve pumped while parked, and I’ve pumped while… you guessed it… driving. I got a lot of questionable looks when people found out I pumped in the car, but as a pumping mom, you gotta do what you got to do. Obviously for safety’s sake, you can only do this hands-free (risqué, I know).
For bed-sharing, many parents opt for a “container” of sorts that goes in your bed to give baby his own safe sleeping space.
The “baby” specific version has a clip for the car seat (or whatever).
Many M/DOM’s opt for a space saver high chair, which goes on top of a normal dining chair. If you have the space for a stand alone high chair, the overwhelming favorite is the IKEA Antilop because it’s easy peasy to clean and best of all, only $20 (but still safe & sturdy). We reviewed the top options here.
My girls love these. I recommend getting one of each (Exersaucer & jumper) to mix things up—gotta keep playtime fresh. Again, don’t overuse these (it’s very tempting, trust me!). You can’t use these until about 5 months or so, so again, no rush…
I’m a big fan of breastfeeding twins. “God gave us two breasts and two babies, after all; the math works out quite elegantly.” It seems daunting, so I took it as a challenge.
Yup, preemies are at a higher risk for SIDS. Movement monitors check the babies’ pulses and breathing. Please read our intro to monitors, which discusses “How much do you need to know?”
Encouraging twins to sleep Put your babies down in a safe sleeping position, on their backs with their feet touching the bottom of the cot or Moses basket. Make sure they don’t get too hot, particularly if they’re sharing a cot.
Keep blankets securely tucked in. Have a bedtime routine and stick to it. This will help the babies get into a good settling routine. If your babies have been sleeping together, you can try to put them in separate cots if one is waking the other.
You need to be flexible, as one may prefer a cot while the other is more comfortable in a Moses basket. You can place cots next to each other, so the babies can still see and touch each other. In the early days, try to co-ordinate night feeds so if one wakes up you can feed the other at the same time.
Be prepared for one twin to sleep through before the other. Don’t rush to cuddle a baby if they cry. Normally, the other twin will sleep through their twin’s crying.
What to wear after a c-section Postpartum binders/girdles Recovering from Delivering Multiples
Once they pass the 6-month mark, you can use it as an extra large pack ‘n play. Note that because it’s larger than normal, you can’t really wheel it from room to room (without taking it apart) because it’s wider than a door frame.
With double the cost staring at us, we went with the sleek and modern Ikea $99 Gulliver crib. Tried and true.
Here are the tools of the trade for sleeping, napping, etc. For me, I slept better at night knowing the girls were safe in their bassinets. And if you do decide to bed-share with your twins, please make sure you do so safely.
For playtime, the big tip for multiples is to get gear that can be shared by both twins, and preferably items that are multi-taskers.
For those with preemies, we recommend the Hatch Baby Grow ($129), the smart changing pad and baby scale. It helps you track your baby’s daily activity (growth, feedings, weight gain, sleep, diaper changes), and developmental milestones using the Hatch Baby Activity Tracker app.
If you are pumping heavily, I also recommend the Kiinde breast milk storage and feeding solution. Talk about cleaning few parts!
There are the [singleton] basics that everyone knows you need, but when you have multiples you wonder, “do I double the amount of everything — or can we share?” And down the rabbit hole ye go…so we put together this quick and easy twin baby registry guide to help you determine what you need double of — and what you don’t.
My girls loved the activity table. They would immediately stop crying once I started pushing the buttons, which means I loved it too!
Simply place the babies in their individual seats, buckle them in, and feed! There are nifty bottle holders (one on each side) to place bottles in when you are done, or taking a “burp break”. This also comes in tons of cute patterns and colors, and you can purchase extra seat inserts, a snack tray, a travel carrier, and more (for extra moolah, of course).
For the more snuggly orientation, go for a classic side by side set up. I worried about them moving and getting in the way of each other’s breathing, and it was also incredibly difficult to pick one up to feed without jiggling and therefore waking the other.
Nursing Tanks are essential. Get several of these and live in them while you are on maternity leave. I love H&M’s tanks; the price is right and they hold up. I lived in these my first year and they surprisingly held up very well.
If you’re looking for a crib that comes in multiple colors, we like the Union 3-in-1 Convertible Crib. For $110, it’s affordable so you can get multiple (ha)!
If you are going the video monitor route, there are a few specific features to consider for twins.
Screen off, audio on mode Two channel split screen view Expandable up to four cameras Static-less audio Invisible IR night vision on camera Digital zoom
When you bring your bundles home from the hospital, you will most likely want them in your room for the first few months.
Twin Babies Sleeping Arrangements for Twins – Crib & Room Sharing By TwinPickle July 11, 2017
Bed-sharing proponents point to bad data and the fact that countries like Japan, which have the highest rates of bed-sharing, also have some of the lowest rates of SIDS. The important thing to note is that your typical American bed looks very different than your typical Japanese bed, which is low to the floor with few sheets, and nothing large and fluffy. The Japanese also have lower rates of maternal smoking and alcohol consumption, both known risk factors for SIDS. As you can see, it’s really hard to say what is definitive causation and what is simply high correlation.
Okkatots makes an intense Diaper Bag Backpack. This bag is big enough to hold 16 diapers plus a zillion other things. What I love is how organized the bag is *swoon.* At $80, it is on the higher-end for diaper bags, but can grow with the babies well into their toddler years.
Many parents decide to separate twins into separate rooms when they move into beds, because they just run wild through the night. I’m remaining hopeful that with some perseverance we can work it out… I’ll keep you posted on that one, haha!
If nothing else, just get it for the photo ops (kidding, kind of..not really).
Not every car seat accommodates preemies, so there is a preferred list. Not that you are bound to have preemies, but more often than not… that’s how they come: pre-37 weeks, sharing a womb and all of that 😉
*Note: Other risk factors for SIDS include parents who smoke, parents who drink or use drugs, and parents who sleep very deeply (or are chronically sleep deprived). Keep in mind that preemies have an increased risk of SIDS already (geesh). Never, never put your babies to sleep on their tummies; 70% of SIDS deaths occur this way.
Other options to wrapping in the first few months are the Baby K’tan or Nesting Days carriers. The K’tan has a double loop design, which is perfect for twins. Nesting Days gives good support postpartum (especially for those who’ve had a c-section, which is the majority of MOMs) because of the way it is worn around your tummy.
Our favorite is the Twin Z, followed by the Luna Lullaby and Twin Brest Friend. Don’t be afraid to mix it up; I had the Luna for the family room, the Boppy for the nursery, and Twin Z for the main playroom. Get a little crazy 😉
Mamas & Papas makes these cool “spirals” that can go on a car seat handle (or any bar, for that matter). They have a few different ones on Amazon. Again, these are nice-to-haves.
All in all, this is our favorite versatile infant bassinet—and perfect for daytime naps, or even overnight. Yes, get two.
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If you’re still visiting one baby in hospital, it can be hard to establish a good routine with the other baby at home.
Note: We are not recommending baby “walkers” due to the AAP recommendation. They have caused injury and death (falling down the stairs being the biggie), with no benefit. The AAP recommends stationary activity centers instead. Oh, look at that, our next topic on our twin baby registry guide…exersaucers & jumpers (timing is everything, people).
The economy pick is the HoMedics Sound Machine, it has six different sounds (including thunderstorm—desensitization at its best), is nice and loud, and reasonably priced. We ended up getting some for ourselves and gave them as Christmas gifts. We might be obsessed.
Sometimes, you need both hands to get things done. This is why a carrier (or two) is one of my top 5 favorite things as a twin parent. Don’t forget to read my full review on twin carriers here.
You may be thinking, “nightlights? I will just get the regular plug-in ones.” Your babies are laughing at you right now. One day, the girls discovered the night light. They tried to eat it and pull on it to stand up. Yeah, you will have to get rid of those and then be bumbling around in the dark half-asleep.
Bathing: one baby at a time, so you will only need one bath tub.
You see, the thing is that babies cannot really move around much (flip over, crawl, etc), especially while properly swaddled, until at least 4 months of age. It would seem sensible that co-bedding them until 4 months (or until you notice they are able to flip and move around) might be a practical middle ground. But again, use your own discretion and definitely speak to your pediatrician about your co-sleeping/co-bedding concerns.
There is a thicker version for the 3 months and up crowd; make the switch because they pose a choking hazard if you don’t upgrade (my NICU nurse friend scared the sh*t out of me with this news; why the heck doesn’t the hospital tell you that when they give you them? Come on man!) Most pacifiers come in 0-3, 3-6, and 6+ sizes.
A rocker or glider is a staple in most nurseries, and thus a super important item on our twin baby registry guide. Standard rockers and gliders are not going to fit you (or your partner) and both babies. Instead, go for a Double Wide Rocker.
Finally, with all four legs on, they can use to pull up, stand, and cruise! The best thing is that your multiples can SHARE this toy!
For the tech savvy, another option is to buy a camera (only) that communicates directly with your favorite device (or PC). Check out our recommendations here.
Once you are past the newborn stage, there are a few other ways to get snuggles while keeping your hands free. Wearing two ring slings together is perfect for when the kiddos are awake, but keep in mind that they are not suitable for vigorous activity.
“Cobedding promotes self-regulation and sleep and decreases crying without apparent increased risk.” (Effect of Cobedding Twins on Coregulation, Infant State, and Twin Safety – JOGNN)
Since MOMs tend to pump more than most, we also recommend the Arden line of nursing/pumping bras, which are a little more luxurious.
HoMedics makes a travel version as well—the only issue is that it isn’t as loud as a full-sized version.
Premature newborn babies have tiny stomachs and need to feed every two to three hours. By the time they’re four to six months old, they should generally not need their night-time feed. Coping with two babies is harder than coping with just one, so it may take you longer to get into a routine that suits you.
More than one person may be caring for your babies, which can be unsettling for them, and they’ll take a while to get used to being handled in different ways by different people. You may want to comfort a restless twin faster than you would a single baby, as you are worried they may wake up their twin.
Baby Connect (iOS, Android, & Windows – $4.99), Total Baby Pro (iOS – $4.99), Baby Daybook (Android – free), Similac (iOS & Android – free)
We highly recommend a nursing pillow for new nursing moms—especially for MOMs. Getting two tiny, wiggly babies in the correct position and holding them in place is no small feat. Newborns can conceivably spend four hours a day on the boob (a piece), so it’s important to get comfy.
Used by many hospitals nationwide, this sleepsack swaddle is a tried-and-true favorite. It can be used three different ways: arms in, hands to face, and arms out. It comes in cotton and fleece, and is generously-sized to prevent hip-dysplasia (an issue with too-tight swaddles).
The hospital will give you your own personal collection kit to use with their pumps, so take all the freebies they’ll give you (don’t think about how you are actually paying, somehow). The only thing I would bring to the hospital is the Pumpin Pal Super Shields and the Simple Wishes hands-free pumping bra (you never know how long you will be at the hospital).
The worry is that co-bedded twins pose a smothering risk to one another.
When you feel like wearing a real bra, I like tanks that clip on your nursing bra, like Undercover Mama or you can use your own camis and slip the arm hole through your nursing bra. Perfect for work, pumping, and covering that belly when you are feeding one at a time in public.
In our bedroom, we had the Graco Twin Pack ‘n Play bassinet pulled up to the bed like a sidecar. It worked great for the first few months until the girls started sleeping in their cribs. And after your babes have moved out of your room, you can use it for travel for months (years?) to come.
Make sure you get one that will fit around your headrest – we had to ghetto rig ours
This one’s a bit pricey, but it would make an amazing gift for someone (or a group of people) to purchase for you. This was my (Marissa’s) lifesaver during the entire first year of my twins’ lives.
For higher order multiples, there are the table high chairs: a separate table with a seat for each kiddo. They are a little pricey, but when you compare buying 3 or 4 $80 high chairs (and all that space they would take up), it isn’t that much of a stretch. Check it out in use (by adorable giggly identical Quads here.)
If your multiples were born prematurely, your pedi might have recommended vitamins. Save all the cute baby clothes from stains (galore!) with a medicine dispenser pacifier (already in a two pack – it’s like they know). Man I wish I invented these….
Here is the short list of Lucie’s List-approved preemie infant car seats. *Read up on the full article here:
Having said that, there were times during the first few months when they were sick, or teething, or just outright cranky, and I would bring them into bed for a cuddle to get them to sleep. I found they always rolled into each other and me, and it all became a little congested to feel safe.
Later, you can prop it up with just two legs for fun while sitting.
Another option for your twinnies, or even for your higher order multiples, is to get one mini pack ‘n play per baby. The Graco Travel Lite is adjustable, and will grow with your babies from the newborn to toddler stages. It weighs less than 20 pounds and is smaller than a traditional PNP, making it portable and easy to fit just about anywhere. One per baby, please.
White noise machines are my best friend. Dr. Karp of Happiest Baby on the Block recommends them to re-create the noises from the womb, as an added bonus they help drown out loud neighbors, cars, sirens… other siblings (ahem). For white noise only, the crowd favorite is the Marpac Dohm. This “sound conditioner” has an actual fan inside, which creates the soothing sound of rushing air.
3.5″ display Remote pan/tilt/zoom Invisible IR night vision Two-way talk Remote temperature display Expandable up to 4 cameras Summer Infant Panorama ~ $109