18 Jan 2012
A Twins Mom-to-Be Wish List
So today I am going to focus on what I think every twins' mom should be equipped with before getting home from the hospital and additional items to be on the lookout for after they come home. I'm also going to explain why.
This is an obvious one, but if you don't plan ahead you will realize how expensive carseat carriers and the whole combo sets can be! My advice is to do your research, watch for sales and when family asks what they can buy, you should make sure to ask for assistance with these items, which you'll use every day.
The beauty of the tandem style is that you will more than likely have no problem getting through doctor's office doorways, mall doorways, down aisles in tight stores and so on. Additionally, you can get tandem brands that allow you to setup the seats in three ways. 1. Both babies facing away from mom/dad 2. Both babies facing mom/dad or 3. Babies facing inwards, looking at each other. I personally enjoy my twins facing each other so they can interact and keep each other occupied. I am sure when they are older I will be facing them away from each other on days they are fighting or having tantrums.
When the twins are babies, the tandem stroller will accomodate both infant carseat carriers.
The triple stroller is another story and if you have to go the route of a triple stroller, don't be surprised if you feel like you're on exhibit as onlookers' eyes bug out as you pass by.
**I don't recommend the most current versions of Peg Perego, which have "steering wheels" (see above pic) to move the front wheels. I used the triple mentioned above of this brand as well, and it was impossible to turn the wheels all the way to make tight turns. The wheels are only able to turn so far and do not swivel like the older models do. I really do recommend getting a gently used older model that allows for all of the wheels to turn a full 360 if needed.
2 High Chairs
I recommend a full sized high chair versus getting the type you attach to a kitchen table or a booster seat.
What I like about the free standing/full sized high chairs are they are spacious for the baby, they have a large tray/eating surface, they have a 5 point harness (at least you should try to get a 5 point harness,) they can recline 2-3 positions, they adjust up or down in height.
The booster seat or table attachment chairs cannot compare to the above. We used the full sized chairs for our twins' first 17 months. During that time we could adjust each baby's chair for their specific needs. For example, one of the twins didn't have very good neck control when he first went into the highchair, so we could recline him to a comfortable position so he wouldn't struggle to drink his bottle. You can't do that with a booster or attachable chair. They don't recline.
We have the Fisher Price Rainforest Healthy Care High Chairs and I love them. They are easy to clean. The seat cushion comes off very easily and can be thrown in the washer with the harness and hung to dry without losing shape.
I suggest 2 bassinets in mom and dad's room and 2 on the main floor where you will probably spend most of your time. This will be a huge time saver for you, as you will not have to run up and down the stairs all day long when they wake or cry.
2 or more playpens
We used one playpen in our household and had an extra playpen at each grandparents' home. Our twins were able to take their naps in a shared playpen--they didn't need each need a playpen.
1 or 2 swings
I would suggest starting with one swing and seeing if each baby will even like a swing. I know many babies don't end up enjoying the swing and it becomes a very large dust collector. We had one swing from our first child and we did end up getting a hand-me-down swing, which was in perfect condition. Our babies loved the swing.
This is an item, which I didn't see a need for two. By the time the babies can go into an Exersaucer, they are most likely bigger and a little more independent. Both babies will not necessarily want to do the exact same thing or even care if they do. We would usually put one baby in the Exersaucer and the other in the Jumperoo if we needed some free hands time.
2 interactive playmats
Dozens of receiving blankets
When you think of twin babies think double the spit up, double the mess and double the need for blankets/burp cloths and the like. You will have much less time for laundry, which is the reason I say you will need dozens of receiving blankets (I didn't use burp cloths--too small.)
For example: Back to Sleep or Grobag. Depending where you live, you may want to have the light weight ones and some heavier weight sleepsacs. It will also depend when the twins are due to be born. If they will be born spring-summer, then I would suggest having 4 light weight sleepsacs and maybe 2 heavier/bigger ones, which can be grown into in the fall/winter and vice versa.
Tonnes and tonnes of diapers. Again, when people begin to ask what can they help you with/buy for your twins on the way or once they've arrived, ask for help with diapers. Whether the gift is actual boxes of diapers or gift cards to the bulk store or grocery stores/pharmacies.
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