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Baby Basics: What Will You Need For Twins?

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Are you wondering if you need double of everything for your newborn twins? We've put a list together of the baby basics you will need for twins.

So has it sunk in that you are having multiples? Now are you trying to figure out all you will need for twins? Well, for us the first thing on our “to-do” list was to find a bigger place to live. We lived in a tiny apartment, not expecting to start a family so soon. We had a new place by the end of the month to move in and prepare for our bundles of joy. While a new home may not be on your list of things to do before the twins come, there are a lot of other things you will need to do, purchase and borrow. Here is a list of things to consider.

BASICS:

  • Diapers (cloth system or disposable – make sure to buy smaller packages of preemie and/or newborn sizes and buy Size 1 and up in bulk!)
  • Wipes (buy in bulk after you have made sure that your baby doesn’t have a reaction to a certain brand)
  • Diaper Bag
  • Receiving blankets
  • Swaddling Blankets / sleep sacks
  • Humidifier (You will want this the first time your babies get a cold, believe me!)
  • Pacifiers (optional )

CLOTHING:

  • Homecoming Outfits (newborn or preemie size)
  • Night Gowns (6)
  • Bodysuits (10-14)
  • Pajamas (6-8 pair per baby)
  • Socks (4-6 pair per baby)
  • Bibs (16-20) This will save you from a lot of outfit changes!
  • Coat (optional depending on time of year your babies are born)
  • Sun Hat (optional depending on the time of year your babies are born)

BATH TIME:

  • Washcloths
  • Hooded towels (6)
  • Bath Toys
  • Baby Nail Clippers
  • Baby Lotion/Oil
  • Diaper Rash Cream
  • Baby Wash/Shampoo (you will get plenty of this from your baby shower)
  • Baby Bath tub (option but really nice to have)

BABIES ROOM:

  • Cribs
  • Crib Mattresses
  • Crib Sheets (6-8)
  • Sheet Savers (This is more like “mommy sanity savers” so you don’t have to change the whole bed in the middle of the night because your baby spit up or had a diaper leak.)
  • Mattress Cover
  • Portable Crib (aka “Pack N’ Play”)
  • Portable Crib Sheets
  • Changing Table (or dresser top)
  • Changing table pad (can convert any dresser top into a changing table)
  • Changing Table Pad Covers (6)
  • Dresser
  • Hangers
  • White Noise Machine (optional but nice to have)
  • Nursery Decoration (seriously optional – buy used or borrow)
  • Diaper Pail with Bags (optional- you’ll either love ’em or hate ’em)

ON THE ROAD:

  • Infant Car Seats With Base (buy new for safety reasons)
  • Head support (a rolled up receiving blanket will do the trick)
  • Double Snap n’ Go Stroller (make sure the stroller is compatible with your infant car seats)
  • Full Size Double Stroller (for when the babies outgrow their infant car seats)
  • Toys that will attach to the Car Seat and Stroller
  • Sunscreen (recommended to use after 6 months)

FEEDING:

  • Breast Pads
  • Breast Cream
  • Breast Pump (only if you need it – rent/borrow, but buy fresh parts for the pump)
  • Breast Milk Storage Containers
  • Sterilizing Bag
  • Twin Nursing Pillow/and or Boppy (2)
  • Baby Bottles
  • Bottle Brush
  • Bowls
  • Spoons
  • High Chairs (to save space get the ones that strap right to the chair)
  • Food Processor (for making baby food)
  • Baby Food Storage
  • Formula (but after the baby is born IF your baby needs it)

PLAYTIME:

  • Swings (for me these were a lifesaver! Buy used or borrow if you can)
  • Bouncy Seats (optional-great for bottle feeding)
  • Board Books
  • Music/DVD’s
  • Baby Mirror
  • Teething Toys to Chew On
not these!

SAFETY:

  • Baby monitor
  • Safety Gates (They will be on the move in no time!)
  • Outlet covers (Not the ones pictured here, but ones you have to push buttons to release)
  • Digital Thermometer (rectal gives the most accurate reading)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Smoke detector
  • Carbon monoxide detector (if your house has natural gas)
  • Cabinet and Door Latches

KEEPSAKES (optional)

  • Baby Books
  • Disposable Camera (make sure you have this in your hospital bag just in case you forget to grab the camera as you leave for the hospital)
  • Newspaper from Birth Day

ITEMS TO SKIP:

  • Wipes Warmer (many moms say skip this, but others love them.)
  • Crib bedding / bumpers
  • Mobiles
  • Bottle Warmer (just fill a large cup of hot tap water and set the bottles in them for a couple minutes)
  • Glider (It’s just not big enough to hold both babies in. Personally I used a full sized recliner, the 3 of us still snuggle in it while reading stories)
  • Baby gloves (these are to help prevent babies from scratching themselves, but you can just use baby socks!)

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