I frequently get asked “what could you not live without when your twins were little?” Here are a few things I found most useful in those early months.
For nursing or feeding I feel the Twin Z pillow is a great, versatile item. It can be used for breast or bottle feeding, infant support, tummy time and an extra pillow when you are too exhausted to get off the couch! If you are using formula, the invention of the Brezza is a game changer! No more counting out scoops or bottles for the whole day. It can make a little amount of formula to top them off when supplementing or a whole feeding in a few seconds. Plus the water is already warm or unplug it between uses so it’s room temperature if you prefer. Another great item is a space saver high chair. It attaches to your kitchen chairs so less space is occupied. You can tilt them back and put them next to each other to simultaneously bottle fed. Then they can be put upright for feeding solids and eventually you can remove the tray and use it as a booster when older.
The best item in the early months to go anywhere with 2 babies is a double snap n go type stroller. This light, metal frame stroller is easy to store, push and travel. The car seats attach right to the frame, although some brands may require adapters, making it an easy and convenient way to get the babies around. The light weight of this stroller is especially helpful if healing from a c-section. The Weego is a great baby carrier for twins. There are 2 pockets on the front for each baby to go in and leaves you with 2 free hands. This is a rarity with twins! You can use it starting right from birth!
Getting your babies to sleep is the most important goal in the early months. Sleep sacks are a great, safe way for babies to sleep. Halo makes a good one that comes in varying sizes and materials. These keep the babies warm without the need for unsafe blankets in the crib. The infant one comes with an arm swaddle that can be removed once they no longer need it. Lastly, for sleep we loved our sound machine! We mostly just used the white noise which helped drown out cars on the street, barking dogs and other noises (like each other cries on occasion!). This helped to keep them from startling awake at night and waking up too early in the morning. We would put on the music button instead of white noise while getting ready for bed or playing in the nursery for a fun change.
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After baby for mom
A Belly bandit or similar is a great product for after birth. Your stomach feels so stretched and uncomfortable that this can really help. It makes you feel more like yourself and gives your tummy and back some light support. If pumping, a hands free nursing bra is a must. Holding your pump after each feeding gets old really quick. Again, any product that gives you free hands to use is a plus! Hiring a house cleaner this first year was such a lifesaver! Giving you more time to spend with the babies while feeling less guilty and like your life is somewhat in order. You can ask for house cleaning gift cards for you baby shower!
There are endless baby products out on the market. And more and more thankfully being made for twins! Although we all have our “can’t live without” products, these were a few things we found most useful in caring for our boys when there were babies. I hope you find the things that work best for you in caring for your twins and enjoy the ride, it is a fun one!!
About the author
Cristy Hamilton is TLC’s Denver Associate and mother of fraternal twin boys named Liam and Tyler. She grew up in Colorado most of her life. Cristy enjoys working part time in a fulfilling career as a family nurse practitioner in a clinic setting. She received both her bachelors and masters degrees in nursing from the University of Colorado and holds a board certification by the AANP. Cristy has always had a calling to help people. After joining her local twins club and surviving the first year of twins, she started working with the new twin moms and loves helping them find their way through this amazing experience. You can reach Cristy at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on our Denver services.