What are your top ten "Must Haves" for newborn twins

Jodi - posted on 09/13/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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I am 15 wks pregnant and just found out I'm having twins. I don't know whether to laugh or cry! But I am happy as I have always wanted a large family, I already have an 18 month old daughter, so it looks like I'll get my wish!. So far, I have already developed gall stones and crapal tunnel syndrome, so any advice about these issues would be appreciated.

But, I want to hear from experienced moms of twins what your top ten "must haves" for newborn twins are, or what you wish you would have had. Do I really need two of everything? Swings, bouncers and what not? I plan on breastfeeding, any advice there would be appreciated as well.

Thanks ladies, and I am so glad this group is here to help out moms like me in a scary, but so exciting, situation!!! Thanks in advance!

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Viviane - posted on 07/06/2011

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I have boy and girl twins that are 13 months old now.
When breastfeeding I didn't buy a pump. I rented from a lactation consultant close to home. Ask the lactation consultant that will see you at the hospital as soon as you have your babies.
We didn't use Bumbo seats (I bought 2 and had to return them).
My top 10 list of things I couldn't live without when my twins were newborns was:
1. An original arms-reach co-sleeper (a very large bassinet that converts into a play yard later). My babies slept near my bed for several months (my girl until she was 4 months old and my boy until he was 8 months old).
2. Two bouncers (necessary to feed two babies at the same time).
3. Two swings (thank God for them).
4. LOTS of receiving blankets and burping cloths
5. Two Boppy pillows
6. Two sleep positioners
7. Two infant car seats
8. Two baby monitors (ideally with with camera)
9. Lots of cotton swaddlers
10. A Double Snap N Go Stroller Frame to use while the babies are little (or a City Select stroller by Baby Jogger if you can afford. It was worth the investment for us and it will last until the babies are 40 lbs).
I hope my comments and list become helpful to you.
Congratulations and Good Luck!

Naszeary - posted on 01/21/2014

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I have an 8year old son and a 3year old girl, how do you think they will take to the twins? I am 9wrks. Do you think you could lose the twins this far along due to stress?

Rebecca - posted on 07/07/2011

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My twins are now 13 but it just seems like yesterday when they were born! I had them in one crib for the first couple of months until they grew and it looked as if they were being crowded. I had one swing, lots and lots of burp cloths. The nighties with the elastic/drawstring were the most appreciated thing we had. It made changing diapers in the middle of the night so much easier. Most of the time they slept right through it. I had wanted to breast feed but after trying to do both at home, I turned to pumping instead. But eventually I went to all formula and would make up 36 bottles at night for the next morning. It saved alot of time by doing it in bulk so when it became time for feeding all I had to do was open the fridge door and heat it up. We were on a tight budget when we had the twins so if we couldnt afford two of everything we learned quickly it wasnt necessary in the first place. Another real good tip: be organized and keep a schedule for each baby. We used one calendar for just the babies and wrote what they ate and kept track of bowel movements. This is very important as they can get constipated easily. Keep kayro syrup on hand--an easy fix for constipation. Hope this helps and good luck. you have been blessed!

Sara - posted on 07/02/2011

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I had 2 bouncy seats (they converted to rockers when they were older), a special pillow for breastfeeding twins, 2 cribs (that converted to toddler beds), and LOTS of onsies and breastfeeding is not easy but VERY worth it. Besides all the other health benefits you spend so much money on everything else cause you have to buy double I just couldn't see spending money on something my body could give me for free! :) Good Luck.

Candyce - posted on 06/29/2012

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your in the same boat i was in when twin boys were born my daughter was 23 months! 3 kids under 2 c-section and a husband who works 12 hrs days! its challenging to say the least, but the sad reality is 2 of everything!
braces for the carpal tunnel is the best to use cause the CT could go away after the babies are born, and the one thing i wish i had was a wipes warmer for all 3 kids! and start buying daipers and wipes now! walmart will let you do size exchanges if you need to. GOOD LUCK!

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Julixa - posted on 01/04/2013

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Just got a friend of mine an awesome twin baby journal. Got it at TwinBabyJournal.com. Helps you keep track of feedings, diaper changes etc.

Sarah - posted on 09/05/2012

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Hi, felt the same way and ended up crying for an hour. Not out of sadness but just pregnancy emotions jumbled and the feeling of being overwhelemed, not to mention the thought of raising twins with a 16 month old boy.



Are you sure you have CT and not de Quervain's tenosynovitis? Make a fist and tuck your tumb inside, try to bend your fist downwards----painful! No cures just can't be using your wrist to wash dish and lifting up babies, that's how it all starts. It's all the wrist motion. I got some patches (perscription needed) called LIDOCAIN? numbs the area... good luck!

Alicia - posted on 07/02/2011

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I have fraternal twins a boy and a girl they are 6 months old now. I have 2 bouncers, 1 small swing and I had a bigger swing frm my oldest son that I kept. I got a double bassinet that turns into a play pen which is working great. I didnt breast feed my oldest son but I did with my twins and I seen a HUGE difference..I would try to breast feed if you can and for as long as you can, I did for 3 months and my twins havent been sick like my oldest son was. Be sure to buy plenty of diapers,wipes, bottles,burp cloths they will come in handy and Good Luck...

Ianina - posted on 06/06/2011

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I have fraternal girls that are 1 month old today. They sleep in the play plan so far, both wrapped like burritos :)

You are going to need a lot of diapers, whipes, burp clothe, sheets, onesies, waterproof matress pad (save my matress many times)
I don't have bouncers or swings so you can live without them :)
Mines takes turns for everything and they are on the same schedule
Good luck!!

Brandy - posted on 02/19/2011

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1.Bouncers for soothing and feeding while you 2.pump. I put them in front of me when we were on the every three hour schedule and propped their bottles up with 3.blankets. I pumped while they ate and then back to the 4.bedside crib:) I used 5.boppies and 6.swings during the day but I only remember using the swings the first so many months. Boppies and
7.bumbos are awesome:) I used one bedside crib with the two boppies for about the first 4 months, wrapped them up like little burritoes, stuck a 8.paci in their mouths, and they slept great:) They loved being swaddled and wouldn't sleep any other way. You start this is the hospital and keep doing it at home. It makes them feel very secure and safe. As far as cloths go..I loved the baby 9.gowns because they were easy access for diaper changes. 10.Bibs/Burp cloths are also a pretty big necessity for babies that spit up a lot!

Cheryl - posted on 01/06/2011

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Hi. I have 6 month old twin boys. One thing I would say is to check with your insurance company regarding breast pumps. I was able to rent a hospital grade one covered by my insurance (for up to nine months). For me I absolutely needed two bouncer seats-when soothing two crying babies I often had to hold one and bounce the other with my foot in the seat. I also live on a multi level home and set up a additional changing table with baskets for clothing etc so I don't have to trek upstairs everytime. I also use two boppy pillows frequently when feeding from a bottle at the same time. My boys didn't care for swings too much but now that they are moving around, the best thing I invested in is two exersaucers. My boys love them and I can get some things done around the house. Things I bought that I felt I didn't need were: two bumbo seats, newborn outfits outfits-pajamas, gowns and onesies are all I really needed and I should of waited before getting bottles-My babies only liked one brand and I ended up giving half of them away. Congratulations! And best wishes for a happy healthy pregnancy.

Kim - posted on 11/01/2010

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I have identical 10 month olds boys. I had two swings, two boppy pillows, two cribs.. etc. They slept in the same crib for a few months, but the pediatrician recommends moving them into separate cribs once they can roll to keep them from hurting each other. I know people who kept their twins together in one crib, but it's your own personal choice. If they were together now, they would never sleep, they would play all night!

You are lucky that you already had practice being a mom with one. Just remember the more clothes you have the more you have to wash.

I tried to breast feed, but it was too stressful for me. I wasn't producing enough and was too tired to pump. I had no help cause dad was at work all day. I felt guilty, but going to formula was such a stress reliever.

Congrats! And good luck :)

Tara - posted on 09/30/2010

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i have fraternal twins. a boy and a girl. you will need lots of diapers and wipes. tons of onesies lots of crib sheets. receiving blankets. i love the little sleepers that look like a night gown there is elastic in the bottom and long sleeves with hand covers.. it makes it so easy to change them in the middle of the night. i have one crib and one bassinet so when one was fussy they wouldnt wake up the other one it works pretty good. i only have one swing and a sitting chair but they just take turns in them. i have two bouncers but my kids dont really like them. i have one play pen that i havent even used yet. i have one dresser but soon it will need to be two because they have lots of clothes. one changing table but it is a double changing table with three drawers underneath it. i keep towels and washclothes and blankets and crib sheets in it and etra diapers and wipes. nuks come in handy when you are doing something with one baby and the other one is screaming. i cant help you with the breastfeeding thing i only did it in the the hospital. but there are ways were you can feed them both at the same time. i hope this helps. if you want to ask more specific questions i would be happy to answer them for you its just really hard to think of this stuff off the top of my head. life is crazy now with twin infants! good luck!

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