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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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

Amanda - posted on 07/02/2012

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Mines is one of those breast feeding support cushions that wrap around your waist. I am not breast feeding but when they are looking for a feed at same time and I am home alone I put this around me place both babies on it and bottle feed them at the same time even when only feeding 1 baby it keeps my back straight and stops from becoming sore.

Krista - posted on 07/01/2012

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B/G twins are 14-months old now. Couldn't have lived without: My Little Lamb floor swings, boppy pillows, microwave sterilizer (still in use at least 10x day), double bassinet pack n' play (double bassinet top then converts into regular pack n' play when ready), co-sleeper and let's not forget the Diaper Genie. With 2 dogs MUST have Diaper Genie.

For all you twin moms out there: hang in there, it DOES get easier. Still crazy, but easier! And oh so rewarding :)

Alicia - posted on 06/25/2012

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Bouncers!
1) One feeding in your arms the other rocking softly off to sleep.
Both crying to be feed at the same time? No problem...left hand a bottle and right hand a bottle.
2) Bad night? No sleep? Lay down on the floor next to the babies, and while they are on their bouncer and let them play with the toys on the toy bar with soft music playing.
3) Great for going over to a relatives house and spending a day, bouncers are better than a couch or a bed.
All good!

Fran - posted on 06/22/2012

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I had to have two bouncy seats. Both my boys loved them. Now the swing on the other hand they didn't likely all.

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Fran - posted on 06/22/2012

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I had to have two bouncy seats. Both my boys loved them. Now the swing on the other hand they didn't likely all.

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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.
hugs
c

Kimberly - posted on 06/19/2012

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And I wouldn't have survived the first year without my 2 neighbor girls whowould come over after school ...they just loved to hold and play w the babbies..and I would feed them aft school snacks.

Kimberly - posted on 06/19/2012

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Ohhhhhhnhh I totally forgot the wipie warmer...wonderful invention...makes changing diaper chan.gess faster.and you need every precious second to get two wailing babies changed in a jiffy.

Julixa - posted on 06/19/2012

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Definitely a bouncy chair, a friend nearby that can help you for a couple of hours, a boppy pillow- only one though, and a twinneroo twin diaper bag.. big enough for everything!

Kimberly - posted on 06/17/2012

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Oh my gosh YES!! A baby swing..2 of them...and a device that clips on the side of the crib that vibrates the crib, sorta like riding in the car...you can clip it onto the bouncy baby seat too and the stroller...most wonderful item I ever cam across.

Noel - posted on 06/14/2012

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A lot of Jimmie's already said this but I have to concur; two swings. Actually,we have 4, 2 at home and 2 at grandmas since they live close by and we spend a lot of time there. They make naptime easy, and grandma doesn't get around too well, but she can pull a chair up and feed them (the Fisher price cradle swing has two positions, laying down and sitting up). They've almost outgrown them, sadly but you can sell them easily on Craigslist when you're done with them

Jasmine - posted on 04/23/2012

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bouncy seats!!! they where a life saver for me. it helped feed them, helped me keep them asleep for naps through the day and kept them occupied when i needed a shower. I would just drag them into the bath room with me.

Darcy - posted on 04/20/2012

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2 cradle swings. I'd put them each in one and they would nap at the same time. I couldn't have kept them on the same schedule without them, and I highly recommend keeping them on the same schedule.

Di - posted on 04/20/2012

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In Australia, we call it the boomarang pillow, which sits around your waist, and you can lay the babies on it and breast feed. I had 5 children, 5 and under, 4 under 2. I used to breast feed the babies and sit a bowl of food inbetween their heads and the toddlers would stand in front of me and I would spoon feed them at the same time. Feeding 4 all at once. Loved that pillow!

Amy - posted on 04/18/2012

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It is a tie between the dbl snap n go and my miracle blankets for swaddling... Supportive husband/daddy was great too LOL

Rebecca - posted on 04/17/2012

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The double stroller. The jogger with the swivel wheel in the front.I used it for everything it made it alot easier at the store,I would push the stroller with one hand and pull the cart with the other. I hope that helps!!

Jodi - posted on 01/25/2012

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My Double Snap n' Go Stroller, BEST PURCHASE EVER! Also, my double nursing pillow, works great for bottle feeding also or just for snuggling two babies! And swaddling blankets...the kind with the velcro so they can be swaddles with arms in or arms out and since it's a sac they can't wiggle out of them! My girls LOVED them, and since they came home under 5 lbs and we had to take extra care to keep them warm, these did the trick without me having to worry! (although I still hovered and took their temps every 5 minutes basically! lol)

Diana - posted on 01/23/2012

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When they were under 6 months old, having those baby egg-shaped recliners helped with the straps. Now that they are 1 year old, I love the high chairs which keeps them off the floor when I need to clean and they have a big table top to play with.



Other than that, the baby gate keeps them corraled in one or several rooms so they have free access but I can focus on one side of the house and they can be in the other side.

Diana - posted on 01/23/2012

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When they were under 6 months old, having those baby egg-shaped recliners helped with the straps. Now that they are 1 year old, I love the high chairs which keeps them off the floor when I need to clean and they have a big table top to play with.



Other than that, the baby gate keeps them corraled in one or several rooms so they have free access but I can focus on one side of the house and they can be in the other side.

Misty - posted on 01/19/2012

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Bottle warmers!!!!! I was not able to breast feed, but this will work the same. Instead of pumped milk, I mixed up a gallon of formula and filled several bottles to keep in the fridge. When the boys would wake up, I would grab a couple bottles and put them in the warmers. By the time I was done changing pants, the bottles were done and we were ready to go. That was the HUGEST time saver for me!

Christiana - posted on 01/13/2012

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The boucy seats and swings were great, but for me the life saver was a harness. When my boys started moving they always went into 2 different directions. So when they were about a 1 1/2 yr I got them harnesses. There are so many different ones, I had the ones that looked like puppy backpacks . It really did not only save me but them.

Chairettie - posted on 01/13/2012

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Bouncy seats - they are awesome! And my Graco double stroller because it would hold both infant carry car seats :o)

Tabbitha - posted on 09/24/2009

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The one thing I couldn't live without was a Boppy Pillow! It was an extra set of arms. It cuddles around them, you can prop a bottle for feeding, and my girls even slept in them

Kelly - posted on 09/24/2009

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My baby wrap. It was the tie kind (like the moby) so you could both in it when it they were real little and get things done around the house or have hands free when they were bigger but both crabby. I could snuggle one and feed the other, etc. Once they went in it was only a matter of seconds before they calmed right down and usually fell right asleep.

Amy - posted on 09/23/2009

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Double Snap-n'-Go Stroller. *Best thing to use since birth until they grow out of the infant carseats. Which will also give you time to research and figure out which stroller you should get next.



Skip Hop Diaper Changing Wallet (amazon.com) *Easy to carry, just snap it onto the stroller frame and off you go. Public changing tables may have germs, using this changing wallet definitely helps to protect your little one!



Playzone Play Yard (also from amazon.com)

* We got 3 sets and split it into two sets, one for upstairs the other downstairs. It's well worth the $, can keep them safe and clean without having to worry about their safety.



Tokidoki Bag

*At first I was using a diaper bag from Pottery Barn Kids (It's nice and big but gets a bit cumbersome after lugging it everywhere with so much stuff for both babies....until I started using my Tokidoki bag as a diaper bag. It's super light weight, so no matter how much stuff I put in the bag, it's practically weight less.

Yvonne - posted on 07/26/2009

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A hand blender...it mixes formula super fast and is great once they get old enough to eat puree baby food. Baby food can get expensive, and even for a super-busy working mom like me...it doesn't take long to puree enough boiled carrots/sweet potatoes/cauliflower, etc for a few days. I wouldn't do it every day or exclusively...but it took the edge off and the girls LOVED it. If I was super motivated, it probably could have saved me plenty of money, but didn't have time for that:)

Marya - posted on 07/24/2009

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1st 6mo 2 swings, later having one bouncer and one exersaucer. Having a stroller that you could click the car seats into was GREAT! We also had 2 munchkin duck tubs.

Courtney - posted on 07/24/2009

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My mom got me travel bottles for my twins. They have a hose that goes from the bottle to the nipple. It comes in handy when both of the kids are crying. I think you can only get them at babies r us. I do know that you can order them online from there. Also my mom got me a stroller that any 2 infant car seats will fit on....It was awesome.

Courtney - posted on 07/24/2009

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My mom got me travel bottles for my twins. They have a hose that goes from the bottle to the nipple. It comes in handy when both of the kids are crying. I think you can only get them at babies r us. I do know that you can order them online from there. Also my mom got me a stroller that any 2 infant car seats will fit on....It was awesome.

Melissa - posted on 07/24/2009

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2 Bumbos were awesome. They are lightweight and can be easily moved to whatever room you want them in. They allowed me to get bottles made, fold clothes, go to the bathroom,e tc. Also, the Double Snap n' Go stroller is awesome for the 1st 6 months or so.

Christy - posted on 07/23/2009

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My boppy pillow so I could nurse both at the same time, I even got to where I could eat a sandwich during the process. Also, the bouncy seats. A life saver!!

Jo - posted on 07/23/2009

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Gonna sound corny but the thing I couldnt do without is the boys Dad. He has always been great and done his share. This is a mega must....

Aisling - posted on 07/23/2009

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hi i have twin boys 9mths old now and i couldn't live without my baby carriers for out and about makes life sooooooooo much easier (look on site babywearingireland.com)also babysafe feeders for when they start finger food gives you piece of mind with two cause you don't have to worry bout one chocking while your dealing with the other. other then that just loads of patiences!!!!!!!!!! best of look

p.s also two seats for the bath otherwise its a nightmare

Vanessa - posted on 07/23/2009

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My husband and our two Fisher Price baby bouncers ! Great for their naps and when they had their bottles.

Stephanie - posted on 07/23/2009

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a good movie collection-- for all the late nights

a bouncy seat- to hold one twin while I dealt with the other

good friends--- who watched the girls once in a while so I could escape/sleep

Amber - posted on 07/22/2009

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My wonderful husband he was there to give me a break when I needed one. Also my little girls had each other so they get each other entertained.

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