Must-Have Products for Parents of Twins
This post has been a long time coming. I get asked quite frequently about what a new mom of twins “really” needs, and I finally decided I better just sit down and write this thing so I can direct people here instead of typing out a marathon page of answers on Facebook. Luckily, I’ve also found some fellow twin moms through my blogging journey who also wanted to give their two cents, so you’ll get to hear from a variety of us! Not all of us breastfed or participate in attachment parenting or think the only way to go is disposables. Yes, twins are a different kind of child-rearing, but it’s still not a one size fits all kind of experience. Without any further adieu, these are some of the “must-have” products for parents of twins.
Eghe Lenze from Becoming Family suggests:
- Swaddle blankets
- Pack ‘n Play
- Breast Pump
Lisa Collins from Mom on the Side suggests:
- Twin Z Pillow
- Fisher Price Space-Saver Highchair (I second this one!)
- InGenuity Deluxe Play Yard with Dream Center
Kimberly Gillespe from Things I Thought I’d Never suggests:
Natasha Nicholes from House Full of Nicholes suggests:
- Any type of mei-tei or soft structured carrier
- A diaper bag large enough for 2 kids, but not 2 diaper bags!
Sarah from Sarah in the Suburbs suggests:
- Fisher Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper
- A good sound machine (we’re partial to the My Baby by Homedics Soundspa)
- Snap and Go Double Stroller Frame (for now) and the Baby Jogger City Mini Double Stroller (for later)
What You Should Buy Multiples Of
It almost goes without saying, but another high priority on your list that all new moms and dads can agree on are diapers and wipes. Whether you go the cloth route or the disposable route, you can never have too many of them (especially with 2 bottoms to cover at once!).
My family chose to go the disposable route, and we went through lots of different phases. When the girls were newborns, we wore a lot of Pampers, but when they began to get more mobile, we switched to Huggies.
As they grew and their legs changed shape, we went back to Pampers, then store brands for a brief blip, and then back to Huggies again for the final year of diapering whilst attempting to potty train (oy vey, that is an entire post in and of itself that I’ll conquer for you one day).
Basically, don’t turn down anyone’s offer to buy you diapers at any point in the first 3 years with twins. If for some odd reason you are blessed with an overabundance (and I don’t see how considering the amount you’ll go through), find a new twin mom in your area to pass them on to. She will be forever in your debt, I promise. Even if you aren’t a mom to twins, you probably have a list of your own “must-haves” for new parents. I’d love for you to share them here or connect with me on Facebook and Twitter and share your knowledge!