Twin mommies! What is the best item( one you couldn't live without) that helped you with having twins!

Bree - posted on 01/31/2009 ( 285 moms have responded )

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Just curious if theres some stuff out there that makes life easier...

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Tenille - posted on 02/02/2009

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The stroller frame that held two carseats.  Don't get me wroing my bicepts will never be small again, but this was a lifesaver.

Mia - posted on 02/23/2013

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Snuggle Me Cushions!! You can put them anywhere, especially good for the couch or co-sleeping. Also helped with duel feeding times! www.SnuggleMeCushion.com

Cat - posted on 06/20/2012

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Hmm. 1. a great support group in person or online.. that i could reach out to whenever it got overwhelming..
2. (I chose) Baby Diaper Service.. they brought even PH balanced diapers when my two encountered diaper rash.. and more diapers when they were 'ill'.. much faster then I could have found time to go to store to get disposables..
3. Families of Multiples group who taught me coping tools.. such as having a song i could hum to myself if i was stressed -especially in the middle of night.. that i knew.. (and my two came to know).. it didnt have to be perfect or on key.. but just that i could sing/hum etc.. something that reduced my stress.
4. Acknowledging who my 'team' was.. or was not..
having twins- i found out who my support group truly was.. at first i found a challenge as people 'opted out'. but then i found it a strength to know who i could trust. Much better to know .. then to think they are.. if that makes sense..
5. acknowledging that my two are uniquely different then each other.. found out when testing for 1st grade that they are truly 'mirror image' twins.. no wonder why i would make a meal-one would like the other hates.. if i switched plates.. they both would continue eating their 'favorite foods'.. still happens as they enter Senior year of college (or may go further.. they both are thinking)..
6. There will always be some one.. who will NEVER get the concept of the challenges a truly VESTED Mom has to go thru.. always take time out of every day.. it can be only 5mins or so as you are getting ready for bed.. remind yourself that though there are unique challenges.. these two were given to you to show them how they can be the best THEY can be in life. It takes a GREAT deal of courage and patience as Moms.. sincerely I know!
7. One Mom of two sets of twins met with me when I was 6mths preg with my two.. we were at a family of multiples group meeting.. she came up to me and said..
God only gives you what you can handle..
and you are much stronger then you think you are..
and this stage shall pass as well... then you will be wondering how these little people will make it in this world.. you ARE the leader!! Their father may be active.. but its the MOM who brought them into this world. Step up .. you ARE the leader of the pack!! (hope it helps).
- you should know.. i later found out that this wonderful person knew that she was dying of cancer leaving behind four children and a very supportive husband.. she still attended meetings because she knew that she could pass on the tools she had learned.. and make an impact upon others lives.

8. YOU have to acknowledge.. you are one of the few.. you ARE unique.. and you CAN do this.
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Chloe - posted on 02/24/2013

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Not really an item but def having all your bottles sterilised, formula measured out and water boiled and cooked. Listening to two babies cry for food is hard!

Jen - posted on 02/24/2013

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A moby wrap!!! Both babies can fit in there together! Also, if you plan on breastfeeding, the My Breast Friend pillow for twins is better than the Boppy, but be sure to get the one specifically for twins.

Heidi - posted on 02/24/2013

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Anything that comes "buy one, get one free"... after all that's how twins are packaged

Christina - posted on 02/20/2013

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Double stroller! Graco duo glide to be exact. I have this one and I love it its the easiest stroller to use I use mine alll the time I dont know what I would do without it.
Mommy to 4girls

Michele - posted on 02/20/2013

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The graco duo glider was amazing when they were younger, definately had 2 swings, and when they were older, 6 months+ I bought a mat with walls from the children's factory, instead of having them crawl all over the place and on the hard wood floors. It was easy set up, easy removal, entirely made of BPA free foam covered in vinyl for easy clean up and made in the USA. It helped them learn to pull up, cruise around and kept them corralled when needed, and as they got older a wall could be removed to make a comfy reading or napping nook and now @ 2 we use it as a ball pit for lots of indoor fun when it's just too cold to go out. I also used poddee bottles when I needed to feed them @ the same time and didn't have extra hands or when I was cooking dinner, they sat in their highchairs right near me.

Jennifer - posted on 02/20/2013

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Alright twin moms...lets be honest, one of the biggest helpers has been a bottle of wine!! (not while breastfeeding, ofcourse!).

Tricia - posted on 02/19/2013

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Little bouncy chairs were a life saver for sure!!! I never would have been able to get thru the first 6mths without them. My twin daughters LOVED them. Very inexpensive, I believe they were like $20, vibrated and played music and have a couple dangling soft toys on them

Julie - posted on 02/19/2013

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Exersaucers!!! They were a must....when you need to change one and keep the other busy, or if youre just making dinner and need to keep them busy without taking off on you (and visible at the same time). Loved them!

Robin - posted on 02/18/2013

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I was given a back pack diaper bag -- wonderful! Left my hands free to carry more important things, and very durable -- 12 years later it is still in use! It is an Eddie Bauer brand, not girly or baby themed so it has survived the test of time. Was recently used to tote lunches on a school trip. By far the best baby gift ever!

Regina - posted on 02/18/2013

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I had a few things for mine. Main ones was the swing and bouncy seat. That saved me so many times when feeding them. Another for me was the safety harnesses when they out grew the stroller too early. I like the new design they have now better than ones I had though. Lol My boys are 12 now.

Cathy - posted on 02/18/2013

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Also microwave bottle steriliser. So quick and with 14+ bottles a day to do, it saved a lot of time.

Cathy - posted on 02/18/2013

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I found the bouncy seats, it helped when feeding both at the same time and when giving bottles.
Also there is a tyre ring with different features on it. Ours loved it, while one slept in in, the other clambered in and out. They had hours of fun.

Lorie - posted on 02/17/2013

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boppies!!! Life savers!!! Saved. my back and made it easier to hold them so long.

Dana - posted on 02/17/2013

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When they were first born I had an itzbeen for each of them. Every time they had a diaper change, slept, ate I would hit the button and it starts counting up so I knew how long they were going. It also had a slide button on the bottom that I would use to remind me who was on what side when I nursed. I sent it to the nanny's house too and she used it. It helped so much when I was sleep deprived . I do recommend keeping them on the same schedule if one wakes up at night for a feeding they both got feed. I tried to do it on their schedule but I never slept. I only nursed for a few weeks because my milk didn't come in good enough but I nursed at the same time also. Good Luck.

Jennifer - posted on 02/17/2013

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My breast friend twins nursing pillow, tandem nursed and never would have made it without it!

Jennifer - posted on 02/17/2013

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And my Easywalker Duo side by side stroller (holds 2 infant seats side by side and is still narrow enough to fit in doors)... still loving it 22mo later :)

Amae - posted on 02/17/2013

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Two swings! When they got a little bigger, an exer-saucer and a jumper to help keep them occupied without having to hold them all the time. Also night gowns were great because you didn't have to fiddle with buttons or zippers during those middle of the night feedings and diaper changes.

Jennifer - posted on 02/17/2013

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My breast friend twin nursing pillow!! :) Awesome for tandem nursing twins so I would not have nursed as long without it!

Krista - posted on 02/17/2013

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Video Monitor and earplugs... not sure which saved my sanity more! Really, both are a must in my book!

Maggie - posted on 02/17/2013

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I breast fead so my Medula pump was awesome, plus the carseat/ double stroller combo was great.

Amy - posted on 02/17/2013

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1) skip hop diaper changing wallet (all in one, when you are on the go)
2) tokidoki diaper bag (of all the things you'll need to put inside the diaper bag, that will be the lightest bag compared to anything else.
3) twin umbrella stroller (I had maclaren)

Misbah - posted on 02/17/2013

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A playgym big enough for both. My twins really loved it until they started turning on their tummies on their own

Melissa - posted on 02/17/2013

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My maxi mom, double belly carrier was my one item I couldn't live with out and our double umbrella stroller.

Lisa - posted on 02/17/2013

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Bottle slings were great when they got a little older held the bottles to free up your hands.

Kathleen - posted on 02/17/2013

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Pram a definate on the pram and the tandem pram as it goes in any door and in any isle

Katherine - posted on 02/17/2013

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EZ Feeding pillow for sure. I would recommend this for twins or single babies. My twins were my 3rd/4th children and this pillow revolutionised breast feeding for me. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Charity - posted on 02/14/2013

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EZ-2 nurse twin nursing pillow, my medela breast pump and my double snap and go stroller.

Cheri - posted on 02/09/2013

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our double umbrella stroller. we used it for bottle feedings. solid feeding when they couldn't sit upright in a highchair yet. we rocked them to sleep in it and it kept them on schedule.

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Hands down their swings! They slept in them for 8 months, they were a god send, though in hind sight I wish I had shelled out the extra cash for the cradle swings as I think they would have made sleep more comfy for them.

Amanda - posted on 07/22/2012

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Snap and Go double stroller, Mamaroo (my son fell in love with that while he was in NICU), vibrating chair

Michele - posted on 07/13/2012

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Definately my swings, podee bottles (which I started using @ about 4 months), harbor hallows foam play yard (it was so big my boys could play in and have plenty of space to crawl around and eventually walk around in.) and backpack harnesses!

Michele - posted on 07/13/2012

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Definately my swings, podee bottles (which I started using @ about 4 months), harbor hallows foam play yard (it was so big my boys could play in and have plenty of space to crawl around and eventually walk around in.) and backpack harnesses!

Jacqueline - posted on 07/08/2012

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i think one of the best investments that we ever made was this certain freestanding gate that you can get at toys r us. we actually bought 2 of them and clicked them together. we added toys and books and the twins just loved it.....until they were old enough to climb over it. but we still have it because you can use if for so many other things when the babies grow out of it. Also, the side by side stroller because the twins used to talk to each other as they could see one another. Ummm, always a little tv too, kept them company when mom needed a rest. Hope this helps, Jacqueline

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