Expecting Twins – what to buy: All products listed here have been either used by myself as a twin mum or recommended by other twin and multiple parents, nurses and twin professionals in the club. Expecting Twins, what to Buy recommendations are regularly updated to based on the feedback I receive.
EXPECTING TWINS – WHAT TO BUY
Figuring out what to buy when expecting twins can be overwhelming! I spent hours upon hours trawling the internet for answers and reviews. I bought the wrong car seats that were not compatible with the buggy I purchased! To save you time and headaches I have compiled an list of links to the items I ended up buying and liking. I have also included alternatives to my own that have been suggested by the clubs’ members whom I meet and communicate to regularly. The products you need are divided into categories: Breastfeeding twins, Feeding twins, Changing and bathing twins, Clothing Baby Twins, Leaving the house with twins, Resting and playing at home and miscellaneous.
Since the volume of items needed is mind-boggling I suggest you organise a baby shower with a list of products you need (I used an Amazon Baby Gift List) or collect a money pot such as https://www.leetchi.com/to help you raise funds for everything you need. It can feel quite bankrupting! I find Amazon more useful for many of the less bulky items although it sells most things. John Lewis, Mothercare and Hello Baby have a better choice for bigger and higher end items.
Twins what to Buy purchase recommendations are divided into activity categories to simplify your task
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Go to Resting and Playing at Home
Go to Miscellaneous Items
Please note that the purchase of a breast pump is optional since they can be hired from your hospital or directly from Medela. If you do buy one, it needs to be powerful enough to cope with double pumping. Medela Pump in Style is the only one that comes highly recommended but it is expensive. I mostly used it for travelling as it was very portable. You can also use a manual pump to express on the go if exclusively breastfeed. A manual pump will be too tiring if you exclusively bottle feed expressed milk. See link on breastfeeding twins below.
Where more than one is needed I have indicated the number you need. If you do not breastfeed, choose the bottles under ‘Feeding Twins’.
Washing baby bottles and accessories: I found that one drying rack was not sufficient for the number of bottles needed with twins. Therefore I would advise buying two but you can start with one and see how you get on. Sterilising equipment is recommended (especially teats) and personally I found the microwave option the most convenient. For the washing of bottles I liked to use natural washing up liquid as there is always some residue left in the bottles.
Formula: I researched the contents of hundreds of formulas and found the German Hipp to be the most stringent (apparently the Hipp cows have their own island in Germany…). I did not move on from the infant formula because it is apparently the most strictly tested, most nutritious and with the least ‘fillers’. I just used a kettle and pan to warm up my formula bottles but have heard very good feedback about the Tommy Tippee perfect prep so have added this in here. I used the Hipp ready made cartons or starter pack (that include teats) for when I was on the go with no time to mix.
Burp cloths: you will need a lot especially if your babies have any form of reflux. But they all dribble a lot.
Bathing twins at same time can be a bit of a challenge. In the early days I bathed mine consecutively whilst the other one was next to me in a bouncer or car seat. From 6 months onwards I decided to bathe them together in a bath seat (both seats went into bath). This kept them safe whilst allowing them to splash and play together. Never leave your twins unattended, even in a bath seat. I bathed them every night to establish a wind down routine although most people advise not to bathe too frequently when they are little. But I found it helped them to fall asleep.
Nappies, wipes and creams:
You will use many many nappies with twins in the first months! I used at least 8-10 per day per baby so you need a very large nappy bin! And trust me you need a nappy bin because it really is quite smelly after a while….
For creams, soaps, wipes and nappies I used only products without harsh chemicals. Nappies especially contain a lot of chlorine that causes nappy rashes so I used no-chlorine nappies. These are however often less effective than the commercial brands therefore it’s a choice to make. Both nappy options are here.
A changing table is not a must, however if you do decide to change on the floor bear in mind that your back will suffer. It is best to find an elevated position to change nappies especially twins. If you are space constrained you can buy a cot top changer. We used the Stokke changer which was fabulous for height and amount of space but doesn’t come cheap (you can find it on Mothercare below)
The travel changing mat is optional as it is sometimes included in the nappy bag.
The clothes outlined here are only the essentials that you will need after birth. You will need to buy more after. You may want to wait until closer to due date before ordering because of the size. Whilst most twins are born smaller than singletons, I have come across many over 7 lbs that would not fit into newborn outfits for very long. On the counter side, if your twins are born prematurely like mine (32 weeks), they will need preemie outfits.
Leaving the house with twins is one of those tasks that initially seems unsurmountable! So take your time and get used to your twins before you attempt to do it alone. Initially make sure you have help to find your way around the streets with a double buggy etc.
The key around getting out with twins is organisation! Always try and leave enough time for you to get everything in your nappy bag before going out as you do not want to be caught out without nappies or spare clothes!
Car seats: I have only listed one car seat brand because it seems to be the one that fits most twin buggies and the only one that twin mums appear to recommend. I too used the maxi cosi (whether you use the cabriofix or the Pebble is a matter of preference). Always make sure that your car seat is compatible with your buggy and that you purchase the correct adaptors for it (we sent many items back as we kept getting it wrong!). For twins I highly recommend an easy fix base for your car seats especially if you are going to drive around alone but it does add cost. It is much faster and easier than trying to attach the seat belt around the car seat and it just clicks in.
Nappy Bag: you will need a large nappy bag for twins and there is quite a bit of choice out there. However the thing to remember is that if you buy a side by side buggy you will have a large handle bar and will therefore need a nappy bag with a very long strap or one with buggy clips! I got caught out several times!
Carriers: I have heard lots of positive feedback about the Weego twin carrier although one thing to bear in mind is that it will get very heavy very quickly as the twins put on weight. Up to 6 months everyone seems to love it. Many mums use it early on after birth when at home. For going out my preference was the Ergo baby (I had one for me and one for my husband). The weego did not yet exist and I wish it had! We also tried the baby bjorn but found it too heavy on the hip. If you want to use the ergo baby for preemies or small babies, use the infant insert.
Buggies have a separate page due to the popularity of the subject! Please click below for buggy recommendations
Many parents decide to co-sleep with their babies to begin with so I have included a co-sleeper. Initially until the babies start to turn, they can share one co-sleeper / cot or crib. If you do decide to buy a cotbed, make sure it is convertible (removable panels) into a junior bed. You will get more years out of it. A very popular choice for aesthetics and practicality is the Stokke Sleepi. Parents are able to convert it and extend it so it’s usable until age 10. Despite it’s hefty price tag that makes it a good buy. My only advice would be to buy the conversion and extension kits at the same time as the bed even if you have to store it, because you never know what can happen to a brand or product that many years down the line. I personally went straight from moses basket to cotbed and my girls are still in the same cotbed at age 5. Cribs tend to only be usable for 2 years or so. We invested more money into the cotbed and very good mattresses and feel that we have got good value for money. Many twin parents use moses baskets instead of a crib. That way you can easily carry the babies from room to room.
We used sleeping bags from 2 months until they started climbing out of them around 18 months old. It gives you the comfort that they won’t get cold (blankets always slip away). It also keeps them nice and snug. 2.5 tog is usually enough for the British climate but depends on your house. Grobag was our favourite brand as it withstood the constant washing better than other brands.
Bouncers/Loungers / swings:
There are many products you can buy to keep your babies entertained and comfortable and you could spend a lot of money on them. I found the Fisher Price products to work well for young babies (although the colours are not the most appealing at times!). Since both my girls had very severe reflux, I found that the fisher price vibrations really helped them digest and soothe them. We also had the baby bjorn bouncers which they did not manage to ‘bounce’ in until they were many months older. But we used them for feeding from 4.5 months. The fisher price swings were an absolute godsend but they take up a lot of space especially if you have two and are pricey! The jungle gym mat or similar is a must! They love it all! I would certainly advise at least one set of bouncers and a jungle gym mat. The rest is optional.
A few miscellaneous but useful things that you will need.
Scales are optional but I found them useful with my premmies. A nose aspirator is an absolute life saver when your babies have their first cold (even if it sounds awful).
Baby monitor: we went through 5 sets of motorola devices (they all broke) and then gave up. We now have a nest camera installed (compatible with IOS or Android mobile phones) and couldn’t be happier. My husband can say good night to them while at work and you can watch them on your phone when you go out. This is the only device I can recommend!