Whether you are strolling down the aisles or scrolling down the page, the variety of baby products out there probably has your head spinning.
Every product claims to be the thing you, or your baby, cannot live without…
For mothers of twins, multiply the confusion by two because you need to determine what you need one or two of.
Cue up your registry with the following and don’t be shy: anything you can do to make life easier with twins is a worthy investment.
You will find that some recommendations are designed specifically for multiples, while others are multiples of the same thing.
The name of the game with twin products is versatility, so many of the products recommended below are designed to perform more than one task, grow with your children, or save space.
Table of Contents
- Must Have #1: Graco Ready2Grow Click Connect Stroller (1) with Graco SnugRide Click Connect Car Seats (2)
- Must Have #2: Twin Z Pillow (1)
- Must Have #3: Fisher Price Space Saver High Chairs (2)
- Must Have #4: Baby Trend EZ Bouncer (2)
- Must Have #5: Graco Simple Sway Baby Swing (1)
- Must Have #6: Philips Avent Soothie Pacifiers (6+)
- Must Have #7: Aden + Anais Swaddle blankets
- Must Have #8: Ergo Omni 360 Baby Carriers (2)
- Must Have #9: Homedics SoundSpa Lullaby
- Must Have #10: Carter’s Zip-up Sleep and Play Pajamas
- Must Have #11: Gaim Total Body Balance Ball
- Must Have #12: Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender
Must Have #1: Graco Ready2Grow Click Connect Stroller (1) with Graco SnugRide Click Connect Car Seats (2)
A travel system is a good idea for any new baby and luckily there are some great twin options. The Graco is sort of all-in-one as strollers go.
This stroller accommodates two infant car seats that easily click into place.
Beneath the car seat ports are regular stroller seats in which your twins can ride well into toddlerhood.
Near the handle, there is a spot for keys and a drink (ice coffee probably) holder, and storage exists beneath the stroller. It is narrow enough to fit through doors and rugged enough for a gravel path.
Each car seat comes with a base, but register for 2 additional bases if you have two cars in your family. The car seats can then easily go from car to double stroller and back with a simple clicking mechanism.
Install your bases and car seats ahead of time and have them inspected for safety at your local hospital or police station.
You may feel envious when you eye singleton mothers plopping their car seat in a shopping cart, but you can always register for a Mommy Hook Stroller Clip (I guess Daddy doesn’t go grocery shopping?) to make grocery shopping with twins easier.
Must Have #2: Twin Z Pillow (1)
If you are breastfeeding two babies at once, don’t make it any harder than it needs to be!
Without proper support you will have more difficulty with positioning, babies slip-sliding around, and probably a sore back.
There are two favorites among twin mothers: the My Brest Friend Twin and the Twin Z.
The benefit to the Twin Z is that it can work on the floor like two Boppy pillows and can also be used for bottle feeding two babies simultaneously if you will be bottle feeding all or part of the time.
Bear in mind that however you plan to feed your babies you may end up doing something else so versatility is key!
Must Have #3: Fisher Price Space Saver High Chairs (2)
With double everything, you may be running low on space so consolidate with the Fisher-Price Space Saver High Chair.
Like the double stroller, this product grows with your babies from infant to toddler.
The seats have two buckles so they can strap onto an existing chair to save space, yet are easy to remove if you have company (hopefully someone bringing you food).
The back of the chair can recline and the tray is removable so this chair can be used to bottle feed an infant. Even before your babies are ready for solids, they can sit at the table with you so you can take back dinnertime.
Imagine both parents eating at the same time, the food isn’t cold or else reheated for the fifth time, and your babies are babbling along!
Once your babies are ready to sit up and eat solids, the back of the chair can be adjusted into an upright position and the tray reattached.
There are two heights at which the chair can be adjusted to better fit your table.
At last, when baby outgrows his/her highchair completely, the inner chair can be removed and the bottom part used as a toddler booster seat.
A note on Rock ‘n Plays, Bouncers, and Swings
You might be wondering if you need all three and the answer is…put them on your registry anyways.
They serve three different purposes that are detailed below and when it comes to twins, try to register for products designed to help keep your babies soothed, sleeping, or entertained.
You will still hold your babies in your arms but with help from the right products, you can do double-duty.
Just remember to limit the time that baby spends in these devices or the car seat/stroller.
Tummy and back time on the floor is important to build strength and reach developmental milestones.
Must Have #4: Baby Trend EZ Bouncer (2)
The bouncy chair is a portable docking station for your baby. Since you will have two babies, register for two bouncy chairs.
One of the most challenging aspects of raising newborn twins is soothing one while helping the other. The bouncy chair allows you to hold and feed one baby while bouncing another with your, ahem, foot.
The most important feature of a bouncer is the portability.
While you will spend lots of time playing on the floor or cuddling babies in your arms, sometimes you need to, say, wash bottles.
Bouncers allow you to station babies anywhere in the house and supervise them while you do chores.
The Baby Trend EZ Bouncer bounces gently with your touch or baby’s movements.
The removable mobile is the perfect height for baby to gaze upon and later practice reaching.
Must Have #5: Graco Simple Sway Baby Swing (1)
A swing is probably the number one recommended item by parents of multiples and singletons alike.
When it comes to a very fussy baby, the swing can be a lifesaver. For twins, the swing acts like an extra set of hands.
Unless you are Dr. Octopus, you will struggle to rock two babies at the same time.
Come naptime, the swing can help you settle one baby down while you settle the other to be put in his/her crib.
The base of a swing is wide, so only register for one swing to save space. One swing should be sufficient for twins.
Must Have #6: Philips Avent Soothie Pacifiers (6+)
These are the pacifiers used in hospital nurseries.
Pacifiers have gotten a bad rap in some circles however they are great for soothing newborns, are actually associated with a reduced risk for SIDS, and can work in conjunction with breastfeeding just fine.
As mentioned above, twin parents will be thankful for products that can help soothe one baby and get them to sleep when their hands are full with another.
Get at least 6 so you can grab a clean one easily when they get tossed across the room and roll under the furniture.
If you don’t want your twins to share, you can get one color for each child to keep track of to whom each pacifier belongs…though they are unlikely to follow the rules.
Must Have #7: Aden + Anais Swaddle blankets
These large muslin squares are great for wrapping your little bambinos like little burritos.
In the name of versatility, these are the best as they are also great for covering car seats, as an improvised burp cloth or as a nursing cover.
The muslin cotton is light enough for summer, and they are also offered in bamboo for extra lightness.
Aden + Anais swaddle blankets come in a variety of cool prints to match your taste. Note that swaddle blankets vary from receiving blankets, which are smaller and warmer.
Receiving blankets are nice to swaddle baby in the early days but are quickly outgrown.
If origami isn’t your thing, get swaddles with Velcro such as the Summer Infant SwaddleMe to make baby wrapping a no brainer.
As it is, minutes of shut-eye are so precious few when you have twins so helping them to feel warm and secure can prevent unnecessary wake-ups times two.
It is no longer safe to swaddle babies once they can roll over, so consider also registering for a swaddle-transition product such as Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit.
These padded sleepers help to subdue the moro (startle) reflex if it is still present in your rollie-pollie little one and transition them from swaddle to plain old pajamas (just be sure to adjust your nursery temperature accordingly so your babies do not overheat).
Must Have #8: Ergo Omni 360 Baby Carriers (2)
Though they have their own fan base, twin carriers are somewhat impractical.
They are difficult to load babies into when alone, and if another person is present why not have them carry a baby?
Give your back a break, make a friend, and get two single carriers.
Loading a baby into the Ergo Omni 360 Carrier is straightforward with no extraneous bells and whistles. Baby always feels secure when strapped to your front in the Ergo Omni. Read our full Omni 360 Baby Carrier review here.
The weight minimum is 7 lbs, which allows you to wear baby before they are big enough for a backpack, and you can wear one around the house while you tackle a few chores (just stay away from the stove).
If you are alone and need to tote both babes, just use the double stroller (even if it means cramming it into the corner of a local donut shop-you won’t be the only one).
Must Have #9: Homedics SoundSpa Lullaby
White noise is very helpful when sending baby into dreamland.
White noise doesn’t have to come from a specific machine, rather it can be a fan, an air conditioner, or you (shhhhhhh!), but a white noise machine has soothing sounds that ease baby to sleep and continue to play after you have left the room.
A bonus for multiples is that a white noise machine can muffle the stirrings of their twin.
While a white noise app on a cell phone can work in a pinch (at the doctor’s office for instance), a machine is better for every day use as cell phones can carry a lot of germs and the jury is still out on radiation emission.
The Homedics SoundSpa Lullaby offers six different sounds and is reasonably priced.
Must Have #10: Carter’s Zip-up Sleep and Play Pajamas
Do yourself a favor and stock up on pajamas that have zippers, feet, and cuffs that can be folded over baby’s hands.
Let your twins live in these pajamas for the first couple months, that is, unless they have an important job interview or some other equally unlikely reason that pajamas are not acceptable for a newborn baby.
You have easy access for diaper changes and won’t be searching around the house for those confounded socks and mittens…they are gone and they are never coming back!
Snaps are ok, but after doing them in the dark while half asleep, it may look come morning like your baby snapped his pj’s up himself.
Must Have #11: Gaim Total Body Balance Ball
Try this modern twist on the rocking chair/glider and hold your baby in your arms while bouncing gently on the ball. This motion is very effective at helping baby to sleep.
The ball can easily be stowed out of view in a closet or moved around the house, and takes up far less space than a glider.
Must Have #12: Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender
While there are products designed specifically for making baby food, why not invest in a more versatile product that can be used for grown-up food as well?
If you plan to make purees for your baby, an immersion blender such as this one is easy to clean and doesn’t take up much space.
Tip: If something gets caught in the blade, unplug the blender and remove it with a spoon-not your fingers!
Must Have #13: Coleman Beach Shade
You will need to protect your little ones’ skin from the sun, but many baby-geared solar tents are too small for twins or will be outgrown very quickly.
Register for a sun-shade like this one by Coleman to protect the whole family for years to come.