Registering for a new baby is overwhelming but registering for twins is even more so.  What do we really need?  Do we need to buy two of something or can we get by with just one?  I compiled a list of some of my favorite Twin Baby Registry items that I couldn’t live without. Check it out below!

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Let’s start with feeding!

Feeding   

Bottle Warmers: Dr. Brown’s Bottle Warmer

I bought 2 bottle warmers and I loved them.  During the night if I was pumping and had cold milk in the fridge,  having the bottle warmers was a Godsend.  Within a few short minutes – and believe me that’s all that you have – you have a nice warm ready to drink bottle and having two allows you to warm up two bottles at once so no baby has to wait any longer than they have to!

Bottle Sterilizer:  Dr. Brown’s Deluxe Bottle Sterilizer

Do you know how many bottles twins drink each day before they are on solid foods?  A LOT!  To effectively sterilize bottles in the dishwasher for reuse takes an hour but with a bottle sterilizer the process takes just a few minutes.  You only need to buy one of these.

Bottles:  Dr Browns Natural Flow Standard Bottles

I had boy/girl twins so having blue and pink bottles for easy differentiation was awesome.  They have clear and purple bottles too so if you have boy/boy and girl/girl twins you are also covered.  These are nice bottles.  I’d recommend buying a 3 pack for each baby.  This will be enough given that nice sterilizer you are getting!  I used these bottles more when the twins were between 6 and 12 months old and used the Medela bottles that came with my breast pump the majority of the time prior to that.  Also, part of my decision to go with Dr. Browns was because they have nipples by age that have gradually larger openings as baby grows.  Being a new Mom, I thought it made sense and the twins seemed to like it.

Breast Pump:  Medela Freestyle Breast Pump

There are a lot of breast pumps out there.  I decided on Medela because of feedback from other Moms, my own research, and overall name recognition.  I decided to spring for the freestyle model after a long internal debate with myself!  It’s more expensive than the pump in style model but it also has more features.   I used a rental commercial grade pump from the hospital after delivery for the first month until I felt my supply was strong enough.  Then, I started using the Medela Freestyle which was SO much more comfortable and portable than the commercial one!  I really liked this pump.  It’s easy to clean and easy to use. It’s also relatively quiet as pumps go.  Many insurances will refund the purchase price for your pump too so definitely look into that as well!  I also purchased a set of extra Medela bottles to use with the pump.

Burp Clothes: Gerber Birdseye 3-Ply Prefold Cloth Diapers

There are a ton of small, less functional, but much more stylish burp cloths on the market.  You can certainly buy those but get a pack of these as well.  These are large and completely cover your shoulder and this great coverage will save your clothing over and over again.  One baby spits up a lot but two – yikes. Believe me.  Buy these!  They come in a 10 pack so one is probably enough to go with all those pretty ones that people will buy you!

High Chairs:  Ingenuity Trio 3-in-1

I, again, opted for a grow with me option for our high chairs and I would still recommend going in this direction for new twin parents.  At 2 years old, our twins decided that they no longer wanted to sit in high chairs much to our dismay.  However, the grow with me high chairs are the same price as the ones that do not convert so I would still advocate getting this type.  Unfortunately as with things like car seats and high chairs, you need to buy 2.  

No Spill Snack Containers:  Nuby 3 Pack Snack Keepers

I love these!  Twins are messy and I’m not going to say that these containers prevent every mess but they definitely help you play some defense!  They keep things like Cheerios, Goldfish Crackers, and Grapes from spilling ALL over your floors in the house and in the car.  I’d buy 4 containers – 2 for each twin!  They also make kids feel a little more grown up since they can hold the containers and feed themselves.

On To Diapering…

Diapering   

Changing Pad:  Summer Infant Contoured Changing Pad

Stores sell changing tables that you can buy that match your nursery furniture and these look very nice but after a year, what are you going to do with a changing table?  I am all about buying a changing pad to put on top of the baby’s dresser for a makeshift changing station.  They work well and they are inexpensive.  Buy 2 total – one for each twin.  You’ll probably only use them for a year or less.  After that, you’ll be more likely to do diaper changes on the couch, the bed, or the floor.

Changing Pad Cover:  Summer Infant Changing Pad Cover

These are great and are easily washable when babies make a mess.  For 1 baby I’d buy 2 but for twins I’d buy 4 and keep washing and swapping!

Diapers for Babies:  Pampers Swaddlers

I admit it.  I was totally brand loyal to Pampers from Newborn to 1 year.  Little ones need diaper changes all the time and Pampers swaddlers have that awesome blue line indicator letting you know if the baby is wet.  Newborns go through 10 diapers per day on average so double that for twins.  I’d start with 2 boxes of 128 newborn diapers if your twins are of average birth weights and more if they are smaller.  You don’t want to buy too many at first as babies grow fast and will probably be in size 1 diapers relatively quickly.

Diapers for Toddlers:  Huggies Little Movers

Now that I have toddlers, I am totally brand loyal to Huggies. I like the diaper fit for toddlers better than Pampers and they are cheaper – so bonus there as well!  Huggies Little Movers also have the Disney designs my toddlers love.  Now that diaper changes are less frequent, the Pampers blue indicator strip really isn’t as important.

Next Up… Bed and Bath

Bed and Bath   

Pajamas

I have to be honest, my twins were comfortable in pajamas so they wore pajamas almost exclusively early on.  People are going to buy you clothes because everyone loves to buy cute baby clothes but definitely register for and/or buy yourself some comfy cotton pajamas with feet from size Newborn through 12 months.  You’ll be happy you have them on hand in the house as babies change sizes so quickly when they are little.  I’d have as many sets of pajamas per twin on hand as possible because from what I’ve found you will change your twins at least 3 times per day.  It’s amazing how easily they ruin a good outfit.  If you are like me and pajamas become your clothing of choice, I would get 6 sets of pajamas per twin.

Swaddle Blankets 0 – 3 Months:  SwaddleMe Original Swaddle

I loved SwaddleMe Swaddle blankets from newborn until we stopped swaddling – which I believe was around the 3 month mark or slightly thereafter.  SwaddleMe blankets give you the perfect, easy swaddle, keeping babies warm and comfortable. Plus the Velcro holds the blanket nicely in place.  I’d buy at least 3 of these each per baby.

Swaddle Blankets Over 3 Months:  HALO Early Walker SleepSack

Once the babies no longer needed to be swaddled, I moved to halo sleep sacks with feet.  I love these.  They provide the ability for babies to easily move their arms, legs, hands, and feet and are a nice blanket at night since babies cannot use the traditional kind.  Halo sleep sacks also come in fleece which are great for the winter months.  I bought 3 each per baby in cotton and 3 each in fleece.

Baby Monitor:  Motorola Digital Video Baby Monitor with 2 Cameras

I like our baby monitor which we still use now with our toddlers.  I think that any baby monitor with two cameras would suit your needs.  But we’ve used this one every single night for 2 1/2 years and have never had a problem so I wholeheartedly recommend it.

Bath Tub:  Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Grow-with-Me Tub

The Fisher-Price 4 in 1 Grow with Me Tub was awesome!  I loved the newborn canvas hammock sling that sits in the water. My newborns were comfortable and I felt safe bathing them in it.  I loved the second stage that supported the babies whent they were not quite ready to sit up but wanted to kick and enjoy the tub.  I loved the little chair for the older baby.  This tub seriously was great.

Body Pillow:  Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow

When you are pregnant with twins, sleeping really gets to be tough especially late in the pregnancy.  Using this body pillow definitely helped me feel as comfortable as humanly possible so buy it now!

Pack N Play / Playard:  Ingenuity Smart and Ridgedale Simple Playard

We bought two of these.  The reason we went with the Ingenuity Playard is because it had a changing station and a bassinet. We have a colonial home so we thought we’d have the playards downstairs and the cribs upstairs.  This worked well.  We never used them after the twins turned one, though.  However, I know that a lot of people do.

On the Go   

Let’s Get Going with Some On The Go Items

Infant Carrier Car Seats:  Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40 Infant Car Seat

If your twins are of good birth weights, I would love to advocate skipping the infant carrier car seats all together because I try to be really practical with things and prefer to purchase items that grow with your child whenever possible. But when I think about how little newborns are, even when born at healthy birth weights, I feel like they do need to be in infant carriers for a while.  We went with the Graco click connect model which clips directly into the Graco click connect stroller that we also have.  I think the click connect is especially awesome if you have your twins during spring or summer.  My twins were born in late September.  It was a cold fall and a really bad snowy winter so we didn’t connect our seats to our stroller all too often but I liked both the seats and stroller as separate items and I know that I would have used them together more if it wasn’t so cold.

Convertible Car Seats:  Graco Extend2Fit Convertible Car Seat

We love the Graco Extend to Fit car seats and so do our kids.  Padded and comfortable with dual cup holders – given the twins always want both a snack and a drink this feature is huge, these car seats are large and roomy.   They can be rear or forward facing.  Plus, they have adjustable headrests and a booster option to use as they grow.

Diaper Bag:  Skip Hop Duo Double Signature Diaper Bag

Twins sure do need a lot of stuff and this Skip Hop Duo diaper bag holds all of that stuff very well.  Do I wish it were bigger? At times, yes, but it’s the biggest one that I found that was not a suitcase.  It has tons of pockets and compartments and a changing pad.  Plus, it fits really nicely over the handle of your stroller so that was a nice option.  Love this bag and I still use it.

Stroller:  Graco Fastaction Fold Duo Click Connect Stroller

We chose the Graco click connect stroller and even if you’re like me and don’t connect your infant carriers to it that often, it’s still a very nice stroller.  I kept going back and forth about whether to buy a side by side stroller or a tandem stroller.  I chose to go with the side by side when I read that this stroller easily fits through doors and down grocery aisles, etc. and it does.  I decided against tandem because I felt like the poor twin in the back of the tandem doesn’t get to see much of what’s going on while riding in the backseat.  This was a nice stroller.  It’s not terribly heavy and it rides very nice.

Umbrella Strollers:  Urbini Hummingbird Stroller

The Hummingbird by Urbini – OMG!  I love these strollers!  They are the lightest strollers ever but are also solid and well-made at the very same time.  They are adorable looking too. I bought them before our first trip to Disney World and totally recommend them for travel or any time you have another adult around that is willing to push one alongside you.  Easily changes direction when in mid-stride.  Has a reclining option for sleepy toddlers.  I also purchased a canvas cup and snack tray that Velcro to the front and a parent snack and drink tray that Velcros to the back.

Time for some Fun Items…

Fun  

Evenflo Exersaucer Bounce and Learn and Fisher-Price Roarin’ Rainforest Jumperoo

Exersauser and Jumperoo.  Truth be told, I would either get one of each of these items or I’d get two of your favorite one.  If you go with just getting one kind, I’d lean toward the Exersaucer because it has a mat option for little ones to play with before they are ready to be placed in the actual saucer so you can use it for longer.  When babies are unable to move on their own, they and you will welcome the break that the Exersaucer and Jumperoo provide!  My twins logged a ton of time in their Exersausers and there is nothing like seeing your kids in a Jumperoo.  It may be the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.

 

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Marianne Badurina is a happily married Mommy of 2 1/2 year old twins working in Marketing who loves everything creative from singing to writing to cooking and crafts. She started "The Marvelous Misadventures of a Working Mama" blog (or The Marv Mis for short) to connect with other Moms who love to share tips and laugh through the struggles of all that is Mommy!

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