by: Annette Parrent, Twins Correspondent
When you are preparing for twins, you realize everything is different. Here are some products made for twins (usually by twin moms) that will help make your life a little easier.
We can take 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. 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 Chicago winters we have. I am not looking forward to the day I have to take them out of the 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.
Check out our full twin carrier review here.
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, giving support after giving birth, especially for c-section moms (the majority of multiple births).
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. The Twingaroo is perfect for tandem wearing the twins by yourself. Simple to get on and off, this carrier feels very secure and my girls are very comfortable in it.
With this carrier, you can also just wear one baby at a time if you so desire. With the conversion kit you can split into two separate carriers.
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. *Recall on batch numbers: 23014024003, 01515026003, and 21615019001. Please check out their website for information on a replacement kit. (updated May 11, 2016)
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(coming soon), 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.
4. Dorel Double Rocker ~ $330
You dreamed of a rocker/glider where you can snuggle your baby and soothe him/her to sleep (in real life: you are half asleep trying to get them back to bed, but whatevs).
For twins, you’ll need a double wide. Rocker, that is 😉 so you can sit with both babies, read to them, nurse them, or rock them. I love mine; we use it everyday for story time, then for feeding.
5. Shopping…with twins
So you want to use a 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 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, I found the Buggy Bench. It works great for shopping when you need to push a cart and not a stroller [it’s REALLY hard to do both at once]. Note that it does take some time to set up; it also takes up space in your cart, but for the ability to shop without the stroller it is great!
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!!