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Re : what items do twin newborns need

Postby jayme » Fri Dec 11, 2009 02:44 am

Our boys seem to like to do things at different times, so we've gotten away with one swing, one bouncy seat, one jumperoo. We also only have one boppy, and one crib. We have two bumbos, two high chairs...
A decent stroller is essential. We used the double snap n go with the bucket car seats until recently.
Also a good carrier- I love our ergo, and when they were newborns used a moby wrap. When I'm grocery shopping it's a necessity- if I put both babies in their car seats in the shopping cart, there's no room for the food LOL

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Re : what items do twin newborns need

Postby missgamecock » Thu Dec 10, 2009 08:45 pm

Pack n Play and a vibrating bouncer. The bouncer has always been essential with us. With Cate's reflux and other issues, she slept in it for the first 8 or 9 months.

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Re : what items do twin newborns need

Postby mom29 » Mon Jul 07, 2008 02:01 pm

If the swings can have an option to be plugged into a wall outlet that would save a lot on batteries.

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Re : what items do twin newborns need

Postby ladybug76135 » Fri Jul 04, 2008 00:29 am

Diapers, lots and lots of diapers.

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Re : what items do twin newborns need

Postby melly » Fri Jun 27, 2008 01:32 pm

Great idea about the chair Andrea! My mom bought me a lazy boy and its the best for nursing.

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Re : what items do twin newborns need

Postby dohertyab » Fri Jun 27, 2008 10:52 am

Hello. I just wanted to add - a really comfortable chair to sit in if she's going to nurse. You spend lots of time sitting! If you have to use your arms to hold the babies then it gets old really quick.

Something that allows you to be hands free (sling, wrap, backpack carrier). We used baby trekkers and loved it. You could put one in the trekker and hold the other. We managed quite well with one bouncy chair, one swing, one exersaucer and we'd just rotate them around.

Good stroller. We didn't have a car then, so our stroller was used all year, all weather, all the time. We got one that moved from bike trailer to stoller. If she's able to drive, then one that will fit easily into the car and will work for car seats. They've become much smaller and more versitile than when I had the twins.

Finally - join a twins group. They're really the best resource for what's happening locally. Good luck. It's a wild ride, but so much fun!

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Re : what items do twin newborns need

Postby kriscurran » Fri Jun 27, 2008 08:21 am

Thank you very much. I am giving her the consumer reports baby book and adding all the info you shared with me. It will help them alot.

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Re : what items do twin newborns need

Postby kathyc » Fri Jun 27, 2008 00:12 am

I don't have twins, but I helped out when my best friend had hers four years ago. She used baby gates like you wouldn't believe!! She eventually bought a couple of sets of the "superyard" type and linked them together to make a big play area. She would also use them to block off areas like the entertainment center and the Christmas tree.

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Also agreeing with the two swings or bouncer seats. They are a definite must. My friend had two bouncers, as they didn't make the portable swings at the time, and the big swings would have taken up too much room. She was a pro at bouncing them both at the same time with her feet while folding laundry, etc.

Seems like, more than anything, my friend just needed help. Several of us took turns with this. We would go over and take care of the babies for a couple of hours so she could catch a nap. That seemed to be the most appreciated thing of all.

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Re : what items do twin newborns need

Postby alexp » Thu Jun 26, 2008 10:12 pm

This isn't two things, but if she is planning to breastfeed a twin nursing pillow is essential (at least it was to me :)). They're a lot bigger and shaped differently that the standard boppy. I don't thing I could have managed to breastfeed without mine.

That said, boppies are great for tummy time, so it certainly wouldn't hurt to get two.

I TOTALLY agree with the suggestion of the travel swings - yes yes yes- those were all my girls would nap in for a while - those things saved mine and my husband's sanity.

We were actually able to get by on only one crib. My girls were teeny, though, and liked sleeping very close to each other. However, I'm betting they could get by on one crib for a while. Bassinets were kind of useless for us - the travel swings were more portable and the girls were much happier in them.

What else? Umm...carseats, of course. (Like y'all hadn't already thought of that!:P)

Highchairs, definitely. My experience was that muliples do NOT like to take turns eating...heh. This also ties into the boppy/travel swing thing - I know plenty of twin and triplet moms who were able to bottle feed more than one kid at once using those things!

A lot of this stuff will be easier to figure out after the boys are born...being identical, they are likely to have similar tastes (as in types of pacifiers or bottle nipple or whatever) and similar needs (for example, if one is prone to reflux, his brother will likely be too...so mom and dad will require a lot of burp cloths). So telling everyone to give twice as many Target and Babies R Us gift cards would be a good idea ;).

Also - in my experience, simpler is better with twins. Cute, comfy sleepers with feet, or little snap front rompers got used a lot more than the elaborate outfits with coordinated socks. I had so much bottle and breast pump equipment that I just bought a large clear rubbermaid container and kept it all on the kitchen counter. I used those big white cloth diapers as burp cloths (those really are the best burp cloths ever IMO)...most of my girls diaper changes were done on a mat or towel on the floor. I didn't use the changing table much at all, alhough it was great for storage.

And GATES. They'll need lots and lots of baby gates, and every type of baby proofing device in the world. I'm firmly convinced that twins do everything sooner and get in more trouble than singletons because they are able to egg each other on.

HTH - and congrats to your friends :)! They are in for a wild but wonderful ride.

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