Mothers of twins, we salute you! Life with multiples is double the love but also double the, well, double the baby. So making sure you have gear that simplifies your day-to-day life is critical.
The good news is you don’t need double the baby items. Most of the usual baby paraphernalia will work for twins, and your babies can share much of their gear. But there are items you can choose to simplify your daily activities, plus a few items designed to make life with twins a little easier. And when feeding two hungry infants and toting around two littles is on the agenda, you’ll want all the help you can get!
Below are some top registry essentials for twins, all recommended by mothers of twins, who are straight out of the trenches.
NURSERY ESSENTIALS FOR TWINS
BABYLETTO TUBA SWIVEL GLIDER ($499)
If your nursery has the room for it, this chair-and-a-half will give you a place to relax and cuddle up with your babies! The extra-wide 26″ seat provides plenty of space to nurse one or both of your babies, and all three of you can cuddle up for a bedtime story.
HATCH REST SOUND MACHINE ($59.99)
White noise machines are lifesavers, especially if one babe is peacefully sleeping, and the other is not! Parents love the Rest because in addition to being a noise machine, it’s also a nightlight. It can be controlled and programmed using a smartphone, which means no disrupting your babies when you need to turn it off or adjust the setting. And once your babies grow into toddlers, the Rest can be used as an OK-to-wake alarm clock.
SKIP HOP CHANGING PAD ($79.99)
This changing pad is a bit of a splurge compared to your average changing pad, but the fact that it can be wiped clean makes it worth the extra cash. Plus, since it doesn’t require covers and that means less laundry for you!
SKIP HOP LIGHT-UP DIAPER CADDY ($41.99)
Let’s face it. There are going to be a lot of diaper changes. Keeping the nursery and, in particular, the changing area organized will make this process more manageable. This diaper caddy will keep all the essentials together and is easy to grab for diaper changes in any other room. Plus, with the touch-sensitive light on the handle, you can change the babies in the middle of the night without disrupting anyone else.
INFANT OPTICS DXR-8 VIDEO BABY MONITOR ($165.99)
This highly-rated baby monitor is an excellent option for twins! The best feature is the camera can be controlled with the handheld monitor and allows you to pan, zoom, and tilt to see all around your babies’ nursery. You can even buy a wide-angle lens that will provide a panoramic view of the room! The video from the camera is streamed in real-time to the handheld monitor providing a crystal clear image, and it has infrared night vision so you can keep an eye on your babies at night without disturbing them. Plus, it has a talk-balk function. (If your babies are in two rooms, you’ll need to buy an add-on camera.)
OXO TOT DRAWER DIVIDERS ($19.99)
One thing is for sure. More babies mean more clothes, and more clothes can mean more mess. Keep all those adorable teeny tiny onesies and socks organized with these expandable drawer dividers. A little bit of organization will make your days run a little (or a lot) smoother!
SLEEPING ESSENTIALS FOR TWINS
SIMMONS KIDS BASSINET FOR TWINS ($199.99)
Bring your babies right up next to your bed with this bedside bassinet! Your babies will be able to sleep next to each other while providing each of them with a safe and separate sleep space. The mesh sidewalls allow for breathability and let you keep an eye on your babies as they sleep. It has five adjustable heights and ample storage for diaper necessities or burp cloths.
BABY TREND TWINS NURSERY CENTER ($249.99)
If you’re looking for an all-in-one care center for your babies, look no further than the Twins Nursery Center. It has two removable rock-a-bye bassinets, each with a canopy and a handle, mesh sides, and two toys. It also has a removable full-size bassinet, a flip away changing table, a deluxe parent organizer, and two sound machines. Use it at home, or take it on the road with the included storage bag.
LOVE TO DREAM SWADDLE UP ($34.95)
The Love to Dream Swaddle UP is a bit pricier than the HALO SleepSack, but parents give it rave reviews! It allows baby to have their arms up, which is a more natural position because they can access their hands to self-soothe. The dual zipper design allows you to change the baby’s diaper while keeping them swaddled.
FEEDING ESSENTIALS FOR TWINS
For mamas of twins, the logistics of breastfeeding can be extra challenging. After all, you’ve got two babies that need to learn to nurse! The journey may be a little easier if you’ve got the right supplies. The My Brest Friend Twins Pillow was specially designed for mothers of multiples and can be used for tandem nursing. It wraps securely around your body to ensure proper positioning for babies while encouraging better posture for mom. Plus, it also has a convenient pocket to keep your nursing supplies there with you.
TWIN Z PILLOW ($99.99)
This option is a bit pricier than the My Brest Friend, but it’s also multi-functional. It can be used for nursing, but also bottle feeding, tummy time, infant reflux, and sit support for older babies.
SIMPLE WISHES HANDS-FREE PUMPING BRA ($27.99)
Hands-free pumping is essential for any mom of twins. This pumping bra will allow you to complete other tasks or relax while you pump for your babies. It works with all major brands of breast pumps and is fully adjustable.
BABY BREZZA FORMULA PRO ($199.99)
If automatic mixers are the name of your game, the Baby Brezza Formula Pro is a great option. This machine can make warm, formula-based bottles in seconds. It requires no measuring nor mixing yet still turns out perfect bottles without air bubbles. And sometimes that convenience is worth the price.
DR. BROWN’S FORMULA MIXING PITCHER ($16.99)
Dr. Brown’s Mixing Pitcher is a great affordable option for quickly mixing multiple formula bottles for your twins. It’s unique design mixes formula fast with no clumping and minimal air introduction. This pitcher up to four 8-ounce bottles at a time and all parts of dishwasher safe.
ON THE GO ESSENTIALS FOR TWINS
TWINGO ORIGINAL BABY CARRIER ($214.95)
If you are anything like me, having the option to wear your baby is essential. But what’s a parent to do when they have not one, but two babies to carry? Well, one mama-of-twins designed a baby carrier just for them, and she thought of everything! The TwinGo Baby Carrier allows parents to wear both of their babies or, if there are two caregivers available, it can be split into two baby carriers. It comes with a large pocket to hold your essentials for daily outings and a sleep hood to support and protect your baby’s head.
The Chicco KeyFit 30 is the best overall pick for an infant car seat for twins. It fits smaller babies well and comes with a full-body insert for infants weighing 4-11 pounds. The install is straightforward, it weighs under 10 pounds, and it’s a reasonable price. Also, it’s compatible with most major stroller brands, so even if it takes you a few months to settle on a stroller, the likelihood is there will be an adapter that works with this car seat.
JOOVY TWIN ROO+ CAR SEAT STROLLER ($129.99)
Baby transport can be overwhelming with one baby, let alone two. But the Joovy TwinRoo+ twin frame makes things a little easier. It is designed to carry two infant car seats, so getting everyone out of the car and moving requires much less effort. The TwinRoo+ has a one-hand fold, is compatible with most major car seat brands, and the sizeable under-seat basket provides tons of storage for all those baby needs. Bonus: if you are having a hard time deciding on a long-term stroller, going this route will buy you some time.
THE ZOE TWIN+ STROLLER ($289.95)
The Twin+ Stroller is one of the best everyday stroller options for twins. It’s lightweight and user-friendly, two features you’ll come to appreciate when pushing two babies around. It collapses in seconds into a compact fold, which will leave you the extra space you’ll need in your vehicle. Plus, it has a tall handle, magnetic peekaboo windows, and huge canopies.
BUGGY BENCH ($45)
Meet the Buggy Bench. It creates a second seat in your shopping cart’s cargo area, so both babies will have a place to sit! And when you have finished shopping, it folds in half to easily be stored in your car.
SKIP HOP DUO DOUBLE DIAPER BAG ($79.99)
If you’d like a diaper bag with a little extra room, the Duo Double Signature comes highly recommended. It has 16 pockets and a roomy interior, providing plenty of space to carry everything you need. Plus, this diaper bag was specifically designed to attach to the handlebars of double strollers.
PLAYTIME ESSENTIALS FOR TWINS
LOVEVERY PLAY GYM ($140)
While any play gym will work for your babies, this one from Lovevery is larger than most, so two babies can play together. It also provides five developmental play zones, and eventually turns into a fort for the toddler years. It’s a bit of a splurge, but the fact that it grows with your baby makes it worth the price.
JOOVY ROOM2 PORTABLE PLAYARD ($149.99)
There are quite a few playard options on the market, but this Joovy Room2 is nearly 50% larger than standard playards. This means you’ll be able to use it longer and with two babies! It has two wheels making it quite easy to move around the house, and the heavy-duty padded mattress comfortably supports babies during playtime.
BOPPY NEWBORN LOUNGER ($32.99)
The Boppy Lounger is a parent favorite and has become a go-to staple for moms. It gives parents a safe and comfortable place to place their babies when they need a free hand or to interact with them face-to-face. And with two babies having one (or even two) of these is even more crucial.
FISHER-PRICE SIT-ME-UP FLOOR SEAT ($39.99)
This Sit-Me-Up allows babies to be in an upright position while playing and taking in the world around them. It comes with a few linkable toys to provide your baby with entertainment, and it folds flat so that you can take it on the road with you!