So, I’ve been asked what I use, like, recommend, do, etc. by other moms, twin mommas, and soon-to-be twin mommas. I’ve compiled a list of some mommy must-haves to make your life easier! Here are nine must-haves for twins:
Ps. Even if you aren’t a twin parent, some of these things are still recommended, as they aren’t twin specific!
This is the grossest, and best invention, EVER. My best friend told me about it, and I was so grossed out about it I didn’t give it a consideration. Well, come four months later, we were desperate, and the neurologist suggested it for Bailee-go figure.
Basically, you stick one end up the baby’s nostril, and you use the other end to suck. Sounds disgusting, right? Don’t worry- there’s a filter that keeps you from inhaling boogers.
You can find it at Amazon.It’s a little pricey ($20) for how simple (and gross) it is. But, it gets more gunk out than a bulb syringe, so I think it’s worth it.
*If you’re really brave, try the Windi*
Sorry, this product won’t make you smile like the lady in the photo, but this was still amazing to have. It made tandem breastfeeding a LOT easier. I would sit on the couch, wrap this around me, and stick a baby on each side. It has pockets, so I would stick the remote, snacks, water, and/or burp cloths in them.
I bought mine from the hospital I delivered at. But, you can get it from Amazon for less than $40 . Ps. It’s at least $70 everywhere else!
When we bought bottles, I didn’t want to buy just one type of bottle. I wasn’t sure what kind the babies would take to, since they were mainly breastfeeding. We tried every bottle on the market, and guess what? Every bottle type fits in this warmer. Not just Dr. Brown bottles.
It’s really easy to use, too. You press the “play” button, and the arrow up or down, depending on how much liquid is in the bottle and warm you want the bottle to be. There is a guide on the back of the warmer that recommends times per liquid, if you’re unsure how long to leave the bottle. It’s so simple and works so well, it’s no wonder why it has such positive reviews on Amazon (almost 2,000 reviews!). You can purchase it here
CAUTION: This thing can get hotter than hell!
Medela Pump in Style Advanced (Double) Breastpump
It baffles me that all moms don’t buy double breast pumps. They cut pumping time in half!
Depending on your insurance, this may be covered with a doctor’s note. Call the member services number and ask! If it isn’t, Amazon sells it for $200 and includes a tote or backpack, your choice!
Medela Easy Expression Bustier
When I was leaving the hospital, one of the nurses who wheeled me out, told me about how she used this bra. You stick the cups through the holes, and now pumping is hands free. She said that she bought a car adapter, and pumped on her drive to work. Smart thinking, right?
It’s anywhere from $20-$40. I’ve linked the black bra here.
Okay, I’ve never actually used this, but I wish I did. This would’ve been so helpful, instead breaking my back breastfeeding 20 hours a day. You strap the babies in and bottle prop.
It’s $270, but how cool and easy is this?!
I’ve attached the link to purchase below:
The kids lived in these for the first few months of life! We had the kids next to our bed-I’m a very light [paranoid] sleeper, so we felt comfortable with allowing them to sleep in them overnight. In the morning, we would move them downstairs for naptime. The incline was great for acid reflux issues, and it rocks while playing music!
Some people recommend the mamaroo, but these are significantly less expensive. Plus, you can’t keep children in rockers for very long, so this is worth the money. There are different designs, such as the Snugapuppy Dreams , Snugabunny or the SmartConnect Rock N Play (it connects to WIFI!)
I only recently found out about this, and I wish I had sooner. We’re at the point where we wouldn’t need it, but had I known, I would have definitely used it.
It’s a little pricey- $180 .But, it would save time, so that would be worth it alone. It could potentially save money, in the long run, especially if you are buying the pre-made liquid formula.
Boudreaux’s Butt Paste
This stuff is the BEST! It was recommended by my boss when I was pregnant (He has boy/girl twins, as well!). I had completely forgotten about it, and after a couple bouts of flu, I ended up accumulating one of each brand of diaper rash cream. My babes poor bums were so blistered, and this stuff made a difference overnight!
I’d highly suggest having this on auto-delivery from Amazon! It’s less than $7.
Have you tried these recommendations? What do you think? What were some must-haves for your baby?