When you are preparing for twins, you realize that some of the items you need might be different than what you would get for a singleton. Read on to learn about our top 5 most useful items for twins, all which will help make your life as a Mom of Multiples a little easier. Because we can use all the help we can get, amiright?
1. Double Frame Stroller
A frame stroller is a must-have for the first year because it’s so lightweight and easy to use, not to mention, you don’t have to take the babies out of their car seats – simply snap each car seat into place, and go! Once you figure out which car seat you want for your twins (our list of recommended car seats for multiples is here), you will either need the Baby Trend Snap N Go or the Joovy Twin Roo Plus (plus adapters). Read more about each one here.
Assuming your car seats are compatible with both of these strollers, there are a few differences to note. First, the Snap & Go is a little bit less expensive than the Joovy and the car seats are stadium style, facing rear; with the Joovy, they face out to the side.
For me, it was MUUUUCHH easier getting two babies out and about with a frame stroller, especially in the cold winter. It’s not a happy day when you have to start taking them out of their car seats, but for when that day comes, we have amassed a list of our favorite [regular] twin strollers.
There will be a time when you will need more than your foot to get things done (you’ll totally understand once you have your babies, lol). Multitasking takes on a new meaning when you are a MOM.
Newer to the scene is the Minimonkey Twin — it’s like a double wrap, but with some structural features for added safety and ease of use.
If you aren’t into wrapping, go with the Baby K’tan or Nesting Days. The K’tan has a double loop design making it perfect for twins. The Nesting Days carrier is worn around your tummy, offering much needed support after giving birth, especially for c-section moms.
For newborns only, there is the Weego carrier. This is a soft structured carrier made for wearing preemie and newborn twins both in front.
Once you are past the newborn stage, there are several options.
Double ring slings are great for low key activities while the kiddos are awake.
For the heavy-duty user, get the TwinGo. It is sturdy when tandem- or single-wearing your babies. There is some complexity to this carrier, but the instruction booklet is very easy to follow. Secure and sturdy, this carrier can be used for long stretches of time.
Again, read about all of the carriers in depth here.
3. Twin Z Nursing Pillow ~ $99
Even if you don’t plan on nursing, this pillow will still get tons of use; it’s the perfect spot for your twinnies to chill.
With it, you can easily (well, as easy as feeding two babies at once can be) bottle feed or breastfeed both babies at the same time. Bonus: it’s the perfect little prop for getting good pictures of your new bundles of joy!
Once the babies get bigger, you can use it for [double] tummy time, and then as a prop to help them sit up. It also makes a great cushion for when the babies start to stand but aren’t very steady.
There are other breastfeeding pillows out there – you can read all about that in our breastfeeding twins section, but this one is the best multi-purpose pillow around. It’s super soft (the floor can get uncomfortable and this pillow makes a nice seat!) and the cover comes off for easy cleaning.
Table for Two ~ $279
For bottle-feeding and general “hanging out” purposes, a lot of moms also love the Table for Two. Simply sit babies in the seats, strap them in, and feed. It also has two bottle holders (one for each baby, of course), so you can set your bottles down while taking burp breaks, etc. Once babies get older, it serves as a great “double chair” for them to lounge in and play.
4. Baby Lounger x 2 (one for each baby)
Many MOMs (self-included) say having two baby loungers is almost as essential as having diapers. Okay…maybe not that essential…but close.
You definitely cannot hold/carry your babies around all day long (especially since there are 2+), so these lounging seats are a must-have. Many of them also sit at a slight incline, which proves super helpful if, like me, one (or both) of your babies has reflux (spit-up, anyone?).
Please note that baby loungers only fit ONE baby, so you’ll need two of these (you can get two of the same type, or mix and match, etc.) Some of these, such as the Fisher-Price Infant to Toddler Rocker are super portable and lightweight, and can easily be moved from room to room.
Note: Please don’t put your babies to sleep in any of these loungers — flat surfaces for sleep only! See our post about the Rock ‘n Play (and other inclined sleepers) Recall.
5. Shopping…with twins
So you need to go grocery shopping. Like, with an actual shopping cart. Seems reasonable.
With twins, not so much…
Luckily, there are a few options so you can shop like a normal(ish) person and stop accidentally shoplifting because stuff gets tucked into all the stroller crevices….(whoops!!).
The Binxy Baby Hammock (x2) is perfect to use with your twins until they can sit upright (up until 6 months or so).
Once I started getting out more with them (and they could sit on their own, 6 months+), I discovered the Buggy Bench. It works great for shopping when you can’t push a cart AND a stroller at the same time, which is nearly impossible. Note that it does take some time to set up and takes up space in your cart, but for the ability to shop without the stroller, it’s ah-mazing!!!!!
Note that many of the larger grocery and big box stores offer two-child grocery carts. Many of them have two seats side-by-side – and many stores (Target, Safeway, etc.) offer FUN two-kid grocery carts (for older twins) with a race car motif, etc. These carts make shopping sooooo much easier!!
Hopefully this list is helpful! If there’s something you can’t live without, please share it with us so we can let all our other fellow parents of multiples know. In the meantime, enjoy these “must-haves” my friends.