As an expectant mom of twins or multiples, be prepared to stock your house with twice as many toys, bottles, diapers, pacifiers, burp cloths and bouncy chairs as any of your friends. You’ll likely have a double stroller nearly the width of a wheelchair, but you’ll learn to navigate it through the door of your favorite coffee shop and over bumps in the sidewalk like a pro. You’ll become an Olympic multitasker: Feeding two babies at once? Check. Cooing at one baby while rocking the other with your foot? Check. Making homemade baby food while ordering diapers online? Check. You’ll soon discover you can handle more than you ever imagined possible (on less sleep than you ever imagined possible). So it makes sense to expect the same hard-working features in the baby products on your registry—items that do double duty and can handle all the cute chaos that come with two or more babies that share the same birthday. Get ready to click on these top picks for your multiples registry.
Baby Registry Must-Haves for Multiples
Double the basics
Plan duplicates of your essentials list, specifically bottles, pacifiers and even nasal aspirations like the NoseFrida. Consider choosing a different brand of bottle for each child so there’s never any confusion over whose is whose, especially when one baby needs a special formula or milk, or you’re trying to keep track of how much they’re taking in. The same advice goes for pacifiers and snot-suckers. Color code them, label them or buy different brands—the goal is to minimize germ-sharing between babies. This is especially critical when one baby gets a cold and you’re trying desperately to keep the other one healthy!
A double stroller and a single stroller
There’s no getting around the fact that you need an everyday workhorse double stroller that can carry two kids from babyhood through the preschool years. But you’re also going to want a single umbrella stroller for those luxurious times when you take just one baby to the pediatrician or for a stroll around the block and get to leave the monster two-seater behind. Umbrella strollers are inexpensive enough that you could buy two—in case you’re lucky enough to have Grandma also wheeling just one—but since you already have so much gear with twins, this is one extra you can do without. The other caregiver can use the double stroller, which comes in handy as extra cart space at the supermarket. Note that the usual minimum age for umbrella strollers is 6 months, so until then, it’s often easier to take infants out in a baby carrier or Snap-N-Go stroller, which is a rolling frame for the car seat.
There are some items you can manage having only one of, but a bouncer definitely isn’t one of them. As a mom of multiples, you won’t have enough arms—or energy—to soothe and entertain all your babies at once. It’s essential to have several safe, happy spots to leave one or both kids while you run to the bathroom, empty the dishwasher or make a quick call.
A white noise machine is a great addition to the nursery of any newborn, but you’ll find it’s especially helpful for multiples who can sometimes wake each other up during the night. While a sound machine won’t stop this from happening every time, it definitely creates enough background noise to help keep one baby snoozing even if the others are fussing.
The last thing you’re going to want to do is spend time hauling huge boxes of diapers home—and you’re going to need some 400 to 600 diapers per month for two babies! You might even need to buy two sets if your babies are born different sizes. Instead, you can add regular deliveries from The Honest Co., Diapers.com or Amazon to your registry and let friends and family sign you up for two or three months worth of supplies. As your babies get bigger, it’s simple to log on and change the size of the diapers at anytime. This is truly the gift that keeps on giving.
Even if you master the challenge of breastfeeding two babies at once, it’s likely that at some point you’ll need to use a bottle of pumped milk or formula. And if you don’t have a team of trusty helpers, this is where bottle props will become your best friend. As long as you’re close by and keeping an eye on baby, bottle props are a hands-free, sanity-saving way to take care of feeding one or more babies.
When you’re a mom of multiples you’re going to need more of everything—more wipes, more paper towels, more baby wash and more chocolate covered pretzels (a mom of multiples has to keep her energy up, right?). Buying items in bulk won’t just save money, it’ll save precious time running to the store every five minutes to stock up on supplies.
Baby Registry Items to Skip
Rocking chair or glider
Before you found out there were multiples in your near future, you may have imagined yourself cuddled up with your little bundle in a cozy rocker. It’s a sweet image—and of course you’ll have plenty of cuddle time—but here’s the thing: You can’t all fit comfortably together in one glider or rocker. Skip the chair and splurge instead on an oversized love seat or a small couch that’ll make room for everyone in your fast-expanding family.
Double breastfeeding pillow
A double breastfeeding pillow seems like a brilliant idea, but the truth is a single breastfeeding pillow, often paired with a regular firm pillow, can do the job just as well.
Skip anything that warms: wipe warmers, bottle warmers, food warmers. With two babies, you’ll already need plenty of gear, so it’s important to keep it simple whenever you can. Warmers take up space and add time to your routine—two things you definitely want to avoid.
Tricks and Tips From Moms of Multiples
These moms have been there, done that. See what they wish they’d known back when they were registering.
“Having twins can be expensive. Register for things that other folks would love to buy you, but would break the bank if you had to get it all yourself. Think: high chairs, car seats, bouncy chairs and even strollers.” —Jessica…