Almost 8 months in, I’ve compiled a list of must haves with twins. Many of these items would be very helpful to new moms of singletons as well I’m sure. Some of these may seem obvious but for new moms, it may be appreciated. I know I felt very naive when I first learned I was going to be a mama. We have to start somewhere!
Breast pump: Before giving birth I was set on exclusively breastfeeding. I knew there may be times when I needed to pump so I was able to get my Medela Pump in Style Advanced at a discounted rate through my insurance. It ends up that this machine has been my best friend! After about a month of trying to exclusively BF, I was getting down on myself because I felt like that’s all I was doing between the two babies. I began mostly pumping and bottle feeding them the milk. This saved me a lot of time and allowed my husband to help with feedings too. This route may not be for everyone but it has been very freeing for me. I still nurse from time to time to get the bonding experience but I would consider myself mostly an exclusive pumper. My Medela has been going strong for 8 months and counting! I would highly recommend this brand.
Hands free pumping bra: The name says it all. It’s so nice to be able to do other things while I’m pumping, since I spend so much of my time doing it. I love the Lansinoh brand. It’s been very durable and extremely helpful. I also have a Medela brand but it doesn’t compare.
Bassinets: We’ve gotten more use out of our bassinets than I ever thought we would. They have a 15 pound weight maximum so I thought the babies would outgrow them by 3 months or so. It turns out that Iylah is still in her bassinet at almost 8 months old, although she’s getting close to transitioning to her crib. Asher moved to his crib at 6 months as he started rolling over in the bassinet. We had both bassinets by my side of the bed which was comforting to me. Many people probably wouldn’t get this much use out of them but our babies are little peanuts in the weight category!
Halo sleep sacks: These.Are.A.Must. Our babies have been sleeping through the night since they were 1 1/2 months old. We largely contribute this to the sleep sacks. When we first brought them home from the hospital we used the sleep sacks but left their arms out. They would wake up every few hours, which is obviously normal for a newborn anyway. But one night I decided to fully swaddle them with their arms tucked inside and they slept through the entire night! The rest is history. The sacks keep them nice and warm and cuddly. They’re great because you can swaddle them with the arms in or out. We are still using them at 8 months with no plans to stop anytime soon. Of course, their arms are left out now so they can move freely.
Bottle drying rack: We exclusively use Dr. Brown bottles which have a lot of components. We received a Dr. Brown drying rack at our babies shower and it has been a lifesaver! This would be helpful for other bottle brands as well. Our drying rack is always full it seems like. It helps keep the sink and counter free of bottle clutter everywhere.
Bottle warmer: For those who mostly bottle feed, our Dr. Brown bottle warmer has been a Godsend. Fill a bottle, pop it in the warmer for a couple of minutes and it’s ready to go. For us, it is much quicker and more convenient than putting the bottle in a glass of hot water. If you use tap water, this isn’t a necessity since you can select the temp but we use cold, filtered water.
Rock n Play: We received this as a shower gift and we still use it! This has been great to lay the babies in during the day for naps. I love that it keeps them elevated, especially after eating. Asher had a bit of reflux so I always felt comfortable laying him in the Rock n Play after a bottle as opposed to on the floor. While it is recommended not to let your babies sleep through the night in them, I know a lot of people who have. We use it on the daily but never at night.
Baby Jogger City Select stroller: This stroller has been worth every penny! I bought it at Nordstrom using my discount before becoming a SAHM. We get compliments on it all the time. It wasn’t the cheapest stroller but with twins it has been a lifesaver. It’s very versatile in that it can be used as a single stroller, double or even triple. You just need to buy the add-ons for the latter two. There are also many different color options. We bought the car seat adaptors for it so we can attach the car seats directly to the stroller and off we go. This way, we only need one stroller from newborn and up. At 8 months we are about to switch out the car seats with the actual stroller seats. You can also position the seats to both face outward, toward each other or inward toward you. It folds up nicely to put in the vehicle.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, however, these are some of the bigger things that have made our lives a lot easier. I think it is also worth mentioning that in my opinion, it’s not necessary to have two of everything. For instance, we only have one Rock n Play, one Jumperoo, one play yard, high chair etc. What one baby is using, you can use something else for the other baby. Cribs, bassinets and car seats (obviously) are the only things we doubled up on.
I hope this is helpful for the new and/or expecting moms out there! Please feel free to leave comments on what items you’ve found most helpful in your mommyhood journey.