Are you expecting twins and want to know everything you need to prepare for the babies? Check out this comprehensive list of twin baby registry must-haves!
I finally wrapped my head around the fact that I was having twins. The emotions were still coming in waves, but I was ready and more than excited for their arrival.
Except… I didn’t know what I needed to have for twins.
I already had a three-year-old when I was pregnant and had gone through the baby registry process. We even used many of his baby items for the twins.
Still, I didn’t know what I’d need this time around now that I was expecting two. Did we need two of everything? What special equipment or gear did we need for the twins? Some seemed obvious, while others I only learned down the line were essential (or not).
Below is a list of twin baby essentials. I’m pretty frugal and minimalist, so if an item made it on this list, then you know it’s a necessity. Many have links to specific products I used and recommend. Of those, I marked particular brands I loved with “best brand ever.”
Below are your twin baby registry must-haves
Some of these items you’ll need before the babies are born, others not until later. I’ve marked the ones you don’t need now with an asterisk (*) so you can focus on the items you need sooner than later.
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For the nursery
- 2 cribs (I suggest buying the ones that can convert to a toddler bed. That way you don’t have to buy a separate toddler bed after the crib. You would just go from crib/toddler bed to twin bed instead of crib to toddler bed to twin bed.)
- 2 mattresses
- 2 bassinets
- 1 changing table with drawers to put clothes in
- 1 changing pad mattress
- 3 changing pad covers
- 1 diaper pail
- 6 fitted crib sheets (Loved these from Organic Cotton. I’m more of a no-pattern girl, so these cream fitted sheets were versatile for me.
- 2 boxes of newborn diapers
- 1 box of wipes
- 1 infant bathtub (Couldn’t be happier with this bathtub. The mesh on top was perfect for those newborn days when you couldn’t wet their healing belly buttons. One side was great for when you could put them in the water while the other side worked for when they learned to sit up.)
- 14-20 washcloths
- 4 hooded towels
- 1 toddler bathtub* (Your babies will outgrow the blue bathtub and will need a larger toddler bath tub. Something big for them to fit but small that they’re not overwhelmed sitting in an empty bathtub. The one below worked so well for us that we kept it until they finally outgrew that.)
- 1 bathtub faucet cover*
- Bath toys*
- 1 shampoo and body wash (Big fan of Johnson’s body wash. After trying other brands, this was the only one that wouldn’t sting my babies’ eyes.)
- 12 bottles (best brand ever: Playtex Vent-Aire. After much trial and error, we finally found our answer in Playtex Vent-Aire. I like how the bottles don’t have a million parts to clean but still designed to reduce gas in the babies.)
- 1 bottle brush (This brush stands up in a sturdy base so you don’t keep knocking it over like other brands.)
- 2 drying racks (best brand ever: Boon. I love these drying racks. So versatile and can fit anything, from bottles to utensils.)
- 1 hospital-grade double electric pump (I rented mine)
- 1-2 sets of pump parts (Buy several of the white membranes.)
- 1 hands-free pumping bra (best brand ever: Simple Wishes. This is one of those purchases where I thought, How did I ever last without it? It’s such a game changer with pumping since you can free up your hands.)
- Lanolin cream (A must for any breastfeeding or pumping mom.)
- 16-20 burp cloths (Don’t bother with typical wimpy burp cloths. Buy cloth diapers and use those as burp cloths.)
- 1 twin nursing pillow (best brand ever: My Brest Friend Twin Deluxe though I have also heard wonders about the Twin Z Pillow. The My Brest Friend made all the difference and allowed me to tandem feed the twins. That meant I was saving time from not having to feed one after another.)
- 1 extra nursing pillow cover
- Insulated bottle tote
- 1 box of breastmilk storage bags* (Way easier to bring to work than bottles)
For eating solids*
- 2 high chairs
- 4 sets of baby food storage containers (The best food storage containers. Stacks well and can freeze and reheat.)
- 16 bibs
- 4 plates with utensils (Another awesome Oxo product. The rubber base keeps it in place and the removable ring on top makes it easier for kids to scoop.)
- 6 sets of bowls (Oxo again, this time with bowls. The most spill-proof bowls we still use all up the way to preschool years.)
- 4 velcro swaddles (friends have also recommended the Magic Merlin. A huge time-saver especially in the middle of the night when you’re not exactly awake. Swaddles keep them snug and happy and sleep way longer than without.)
- 4 thick blankets
- 4 light blankets (best brand ever: Aden+Anais. These work great for light and loose swaddles, plus they’re versatile. Use them for burp cloths, breastfeeding covers or blankets to cover the stroller.)
- 4 pacifiers
- 4 sleep sacks (I recommend sleep sacks once they outgrow swaddles. They’re safe for sleeping compared to a blanket.)
- White noise machine (or just use a regular fan)
- 1 baby monitor
- 14 onesies
- 8 long-sleeve onesies
- 10 footed zip pajamas
- 14 pairs of socks
- 6 pairs of pants
- 6 pairs of shorts
- (Get all these in newborn size)
- 2 baby carriers or wraps (We were so happy with the Moby wrap that we both two for the twins. I love that the baby was so close to me and I could still have my arms free.)
- 1 double stroller (I used tandem because it’s narrower)
- 1 diaper bag
- 2 infant seats* (These are useful for bottle feeding at the same time too.)
- 1 swing* (Though sometimes I wish I had 2.)
- 1 pair of nail clippers (best brand ever: Red Cross infant clippers. I thought I had lost these and got another brand and it just couldn’t compare.)
- 1 nose sucker (NoseFrida is awesome, or you can use the free ones the hospital gives away to start.)
- 1 tub of diaper cream (best brand ever: Triple Paste. Again, I tried other brands but it wouldn’t heal the rash as quickly as Triple Paste.)
- Vitamin D drops for breastfed twins
- 1 thermometer
Buy as you go. Other than these items, you can decide down the line whether you need them or not. Some twin moms can get by with one swing while others swear by two. While others needed gas drops from the start, you might find you don’t need them at all, or at least until much later.
Don’t feel pressured to buy everything just now. Save your baby shower gift cards for after the twins’ arrival. In the trenches of those difficult days, you can better decide what to buy.
With your must-have list, you know what you need right away, how many you’ll need, and the items you can buy later.
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