Registering for Twins

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My husband and I are expecting twins and are about to register. Can anyone give me advice on what we should get? What are the things that you absolutely could not live without? Thanks!

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Jaime - posted on 09/30/2009

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Lots of diapers, bottles. If you are planning on bottle feeding you need two bouncy seats that you can feed both babies at one time. If you can find a swing that is also a bouncy seat that would be great. I think there is a swing by graco that does that.

Dana - posted on 09/30/2009

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diapers! i probably went through 2 boxes of diapers a week for awhile now i'm down to 1 box every couple weeks thank goodness! my b/g twins are now 2 1/2 daughter potty trained, son working on it... a diaper pale was a necessity!..i do NOT recommend the diaper genie from playtex! i hated it and its a PIA to change the liners! Boppy pillows were great to lay them in and get tummy time without being totally flat...we had bad reflux issues! and a nursing pillow if you are planning to breast feed. a swing was very important at my house! i'm a single mother and couldn't always have both twins in my arms and the swing kept one content until whoever i was holding was content then switched them! the washclothe wipes from huggies that you just wet and they have soap built in were awesome to use before the umbilicil cords fell off...

Ann - posted on 09/30/2009

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I don't know when you are due but... If you go to a twin club yard sale it can really help in multiple ways. Get to know moms of multiples, SEE what was really used and why, Pick up some small stuff that you wont use long but was helpful to focus the registry on the big stuff.

My kiddos came home on oxygen so that may explain some of the things I had. Oh I also had another little one to watch. 4 Bouncers (2 up in their room and 2 downstairs)
3 cribs (2 in their rooms and 1 downstairs with a crib divider) 2 high chairs, 1 dresser, baskets or another organizing system for shoes hats ect. for 2, 1 jumparoo and 1 exersaucer, 1 regular nursing pillow and 1 twin nursing pillow (Need to order on line if you want this) (warning it is a challenge to learn nursing both at the same time but was so worth it to me) 2 Bumbos, belly-time mat, back playmat, 1 changing table, 2 play yards (1 with the bassinet and tall changing area and the other a basic one just for travel sleeping) I have a single, double and triple stroller but might recommend for you a double and 2 umbrella strollers, 2 medical kits 2 backets to keep meds separate, 1 tub, extra towells and wash clothes, sleeved bibs (when you have two eating you really don't want them coming off all the time!) Large Diaper bag, 2 infant car seats and 2 convertible seats, the Moby wrap allows you to hold both twins in one carrier in the beginning (I heard that it is great for nursing 2 at once but I couldn't figure that one out with our extra tubes) at least one snugli or baby bjorn (My husband doesn't like using it so 2 would have been a waste), I actually recommend registering for 2 types of bottles but not too many of them so you can find the ones the babies like (these are non returnable so can be a waste if you pick ones that the babies don't like or you don't) Lots of 1,3,5 diapers since these are the sizes that seem to fit the longest, only a few staples in clothes like white onsies, (Everyone was giving me clothes regardless of need and ended up never using many of the newborn or 3-6 months. Receiving blankets can be doubled up or taken off so these ended up being used more than all the hand make ones. The hand made ones I used over the car seats and on floors when spending time on the ground. 1 monitor (although I don't have a video one it would be nice to know who was up if not both) Toys for the car, Toys for the home, if you don't have one a great camera, Night light, at least 4 sleep sacs, gates and childproofing for your home (invite a toddler over and you'll see what needs to be done) at least 2 potties (they stay there a while when learning, then if you like to travel one for the car, also consider if you have multiple bathrooms they'll use), Nursery music (so saved me when I nursed one and hadn't mastered nursing both at the same time) for a luxury item a label maker (its great for organizing and also if you have your kids in daycare or school and they require names on their stuff..) if you don't have speaker phone a head set is great to allow you to talk on the phone and free 2 hands for 2 babies. OK that was my list hope you find it helpful in making one for you

Tabbitha - posted on 09/30/2009

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You really need Boppy pillows. I used them for extra hands. You can sit them in it, prop bottles, place to sleep. I could not have lived without them. Congrats, having twins is so awesome. Mine just turned 2

Karen - posted on 09/29/2009

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i agree with laura i didnt use half the stuff everyone else did bouncy chairs are great and i only used one cot until my twins were about 7-8 months ago because they slept better together but lots of nappies bottles and burp cloths are essential and i used one side by side stroller until just recently now they love to walk everywhere as they turn three in 2 months

Laura - posted on 09/28/2009

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Gosh!!!! I found that you do not need as much stuff as you might think. I had 2 infant type cribs, and 2 big cribs, but could have lived with only one of the full size. They prefered to sleep together. So I gave one to my mom for her house.They went to sleep much easier, and stayed asleep much better when they were together. Plus it is a really big bed for a long time, when you babies are so so small. I could not have got through it without my twin stroller. And 2 back pack style carriers. I also had a 16 month old when my twins were born. I really liked the infant swings that the seat can detatch fron the swing part. They slept in the seats a lot!!! I did it with a lot less than many people, but my twins are 19 years old now.

Christine - posted on 09/28/2009

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I had/ have 2 of everything. 4 car seats, 2 swings, 2 bouncy chairs, 2 excersaucers, 2 diaper bags - one just is not enough sometimes- I use a regular diaper bag & the back pack style - I use the backpack style much more though- 2 boppys, two double strollers - the front & back and the jogger. Hint - Huggies Wipes rip in half very easy so I use those and nothing else for wipes. Good luck!!

Jocelyn - posted on 09/28/2009

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Congrats on the twins! I would recommend getting 2 bouncy seats that vibrate. I couldn't have survived the first few months without them and they work great if you are solo feeding. Also 2 boppy pillows. My boys loved to nap in them early on and again work great for solo feedings. I had registered for 2 swings but we ended up taking one back and exchanging it for a travel swing. The travel swing is great. It is easy to take with you and you can use it at home if both babies want to swing at the same time. Plus it takes up way less space than a regular swing. Don't bother wih bassinets, you can't really use them for long. Plus, most pack and plays have a bassinet on them. Did your shower invites go out yet? If not I've got a suggestion. Ask everyone to bring a pack of diapers wrapped for a game (we gave a few gifts away for the best wrapped) it gets you a ton of diapers! If you aren't breastfeeding get a lot of bottles. Lots of burp cloths, baby wipes, onsies in various sizes, BIBS, lots of bibs! At first I didn't think I needed many but when one twin developed refux and spit up all the time, the bibs saved me from changing wet smelly clothes all the time. I wouldn't bother with clothes. We registered for those last and were so tired we really didn't bother with much (just onsies). We ended up getting a ton of clothes for them anyways. Big ticket items are nice to get but you can find great deals on things like saucers and bouncers at second hand stores for great prices. 2 high chairs are good but my boys just turned 6 months and are still too small for them. We also have infant/toddler feeding seats from First Years. They attach to a chair and have 3 different positions. We started using them when they were more aware of things and found they like to be up off the floor to see things. They are what we use for eating "real" food now until they are big enough for their high chairs and they like to sit and play with their toys in them. If you have the extra chair space (we don't so they come off and on al lot!) these work great instead of high chairs. Plus they come off easy and travel well. I know there's a ton more but I can't think of anything else at the moment. Good luck with everything! Twins are the best!
Oh yeah, receiving blankets. But make sure you get rectangular ones not square ones. The rectangles are better for swaddling!

Terri - posted on 09/28/2009

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Going places by myself with two babies was a little challenging so anything that makes that easier. My favorite was the harness things made for two babies that strapped the babies to your front.

Lori - posted on 09/27/2009

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I found the swings and the bouncy seats so useful when my twins (now 13 months) were tiny. Especially the bouncy seats at feeding time when I was home alone with them. As others have said, lots and lots of diapers and wipes!!

Cassie - posted on 09/27/2009

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Get two Boppy's. They work great for feedings, tummy time, a place to put them. My boys are 2 and they use them as pillows. Get a Diaper Genie, they hide the smell pretty good until you have to change it. Don't waste money on hand mitts they take one off before you put the other on. You should get some blanket sleepers. They work great at keeping them warm and safe. Just use common sense and you should be fine. Goodluck.

Kim - posted on 09/27/2009

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swings or bouncy seats, diapers, diapers, diapers, blankets, crib sheets, burp cloths (you need a lot of these), oneies (lots of them), bottles, wipies, i had a back pack for a diaper bag, double stroller is a must. I had 2 cribs to start off with. But they slept in the same crib for the first 3 months. You just need to remember you WILL make it just fine. Go with your gut feelings and your twins will be just fine. If you are planning on breast feeding I know they make this HUGE pillow in the shape of a horseshoe i heard it is a must. I did not breast feed but my friends had this pillow and said it helped.

Summer - posted on 09/26/2009

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If you don't have two cribs then eventually you will need two. It's great if you can get the ones that convert to toddler beds too, so they will last you longer. I also recommend having at least 2 but probably more like 3 or 4 crib sheets for each. I really liked being able to rock my babies in our big oversized rocking recliner when they were newborns (like the first 3 months or so). Some people say it's a bad habit to start, but my guys grew out of it quickly. It was also really nice for me because it was comfy and if they fell asleep and I didn't want to risk waking them then I could just kick out the footrest and take a nap too. Diapers, diapers, diapers...when my boys were littler we went through one of the huge jumbo pack boxes of like 120 at least on a weekly basis. Also you could ask for gift cards instead of the actual diapers or at least a gift receipt along with the diapers in case someone buys a brand that your babies can't wear or that you don't like then you can exchange them or take them back for a refund. I liked Pampers Swaddlers best when mine were itty bitty because they were soft and not scratchy and they fit snug, but once they started sleeping through the night around 4 to 5 months then Huggies Overnights were my favorite for absorbancy. I always kept one of those tubs of desitin too, because after they started sleeping through the night I slathered their bottoms with it before bedtime just to prevent diaper rash. I used Huggies Supreme during the day. It's good to have lots of wipes too. My husband used like 20 wipes every time he changed a poo diaper...lol. Definately a double stroller. Whether you get a front and back or a side by side will depend on what you think you will be using it for most of the time. I knew that I'd have to do doctor's appointments and errands without a second set of hands for help, so I chose a front and back because they fit through doors easier. And I really liked mine because the infant seats attached right to it, so when they were little and fell asleep in the car I didn't have to wake them to put them in the stroller. When we went to outdoor events and to the mall and stuff I always kind of wished I had a side by side though because I felt like one baby had a better view than the other..lol. And the ones with the big rubber wheels are the best for either f/b or s/b/s. They are pricier, but they are worth it. The ones that have the smaller plastic wheels are hard to maneuver unless you are on a completely flat surface so you can forget gravel or bumpy sidewalks in those. If you are in a financial position or if you have enough friends and family, then I might even ask for both because there are definately different situations where each is the best. My oldest son absolutely loved his swing, but my twins screamed their heads off every time I tried to put them in theirs. What did really work for them from the time they were born till about 5 or so months were those little seats that vibrate. Some people call them bouncy seats. They are really good for being able to take with you when you go places like to visit friends or to family functions or if grandma comes to take them off your hands for a night (lol) then they can travel to her house with their little seats pretty easily. You can't tell if your babies will like either one though (swing or bouncy seat) until they get here, so if I were you I'd at least ask for one of each or two of both with gift receipts in case it turns out that they don't like them. There may even be a product out there that does both (swings and/or vibrates). We used lots of burp cloths. I liked the prefolded cloth diapers to use as burp cloths the best because they are thick enough to absorp the 'really big burps'. Bibs didn't work very well for us until they started sitting in the high chairs because their little necks are so small, so we just tucked a burp cloth under their chin when they were feeding. Have plenty of bottles too. I found it very difficult to find time to even load the dishwasher when my boys were first born. I was really glad that I had enough bottles on hand, so that I didn't have to wash until my hubby got home at night to help. I have friends who really swear by their bumbo seats, but I never had one so I can't really suggest that myself. As far as clothes go, I only really dressed mine up when we were going out or having company. It was just too much work because they spit up and sometimes the diapers don't hold everything in and so you are constantly changing clothes. Most of the time at home they wore onesies in the summer, and footed sleepers to bed and in the winter. I really liked the footed sleepers because my guys kicked socks off from day one, and I was always paranoid that their feet would get cold. It's also really good especially at first if you can find the footed sleepers that also have the little fold over mittens on them to help keep the babies from scratching themselves and also to keep their little hands warm at night. I stayed home with mine though, so if they are going to daycare you'll probably want to put clothes on them...lol. If you have a preference on dressing them alike or not, you should definately share that somehow in your registry or with the people you'll be inviting to your baby shower if you have one. Eventually you'll need two highchairs too. There are a bunch of different types of products out there to choose from. My friend likes using the tray that you can attach to the bumbo instead of the regular more bulky high chairs like I had. When her son gets too big for it, she said she is just going to put him straight into a booster at the table, so she doesn't have to have one of the bulkier full size high chairs. If you have a smaller dining area that might be a good idea. Of course you'll need two infant seats, but that is a given. From about 4 to 8 months, my boys favorite thing was their jumper. It was just one of those stationary ones that looked like a walker but didn't go anywhere. They literally would play in those things for so long that they would fall asleep in them which was always soooo nice for me. But once they were crawling good and learning to pull themselves up on things you could not keep them in anything. We tried walkers and they were a waste of money because my guys would get themselves stuck against a piece of furniture and scream their heads off. Also I just had to have the changing table that matched the cribs we had, and it barely got used. The changing table was in their room, so if I wanted to use it I had to take both babies back to the room with me. It was easier just to change them on a blanket or changing pad in the floor. Some people use them religiously though, so I can't suggest a changing table but you may be one of those people who actually finds it useful. There are some that are actually like a dresser with drawers but a changing table on top, so if you get one I'd recommend one of those so if you end up not using it as a changing table you can still use it as a dresser. I don't know if this will be an issue for you or not, but my parents lived like 3 hours away when my boys were littler. So we would travel and spend entire weekends with them. And of course you can't pack up a whole crib, so at first we used one port-a-crib (pack n' play, play pen - different people call it different names) but once they got to about 4 months we had to have a second one. They slept in those when we were overnight away from home. My kids have never slept in bed with me because I simply can't sleep when they are in bed. I am one of those people who changes positions like 400 times a night, and the few times I put them in bed with me I couldn't move because I was too afraid I'd wake them. So in my case the port-a-cribs were essential. But if you won't be staying overnight away from home or if you don't have any problems with them sleeping in bed with you when you do then that might not be a necessity for you. A baby monitor was essential for me. Also when they start crawling...baby gates are an invaluable resource. My oldest son never really got into things, but my twins get into absolutely everything since they were crawling and still today. I've had people tell me that baby proofing is the lazy way out because you need to teach them what is off limits, but I can assure you they have never had twins. I baby proofed every room in my house for my kids safety because you simply can not be in two places at the same time. And hopefully you won't have this trouble, but mine are 2 now and they have been double-teaming me since they learned to crawl. Yes, they do always run two separate directions, and yes they do laugh and think it is funny when mom freaks out and is afraid they will get hurt. Don't let that scare you though just try to be prepared for it if that is even possible. It is absolutely sooooo much fun to be a mother to twins, and I would absolutely do it again given the chance. I'm sure that I've included things that I could have done without, but these are the things that I found most helpful. And I may have even given you more information than you actually would have wanted me to, but if you have any other questions feel free to ask. I love trying to help new moms of twins because I know how exciting this time in your life is, and I also love sharing my experiences as a mother to twins. Good luck to you, take care of yourself and your little ones, rest as much as you can now, and Congratulations times 2!

Leanna - posted on 09/26/2009

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I would also get plenty of extra bed sheets, and hand sanitizer for people to use when they come to visit and to use when you go to town with your twins. Most people see twins and want to touch and with cold season fixing to start you can't be too safe or germ free for that matter.

Malissa - posted on 09/25/2009

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Tons of diapers. You can never have enough. You also want to get a double stroller. Lots of Onesies. Burp cloths, receiving blankets (you can never have enough of these items), baby wipes. A couple heavier blankets for the winter. Double up on the bottles(even if you plan to breast feed) Either one large diaper bag or go for a backpack( you'll be packing like you're going out of town for awhile. Lol) Hope this was somewhat helpful, and good luck to you and your husband. You'll love every minute of your twins.

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