Are you expecting twins and want to know everything you need to prepare for the babies? Check out this comprehensive list of twin 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. And I even planned to use 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 twins. Did we need two of everything? What special equipment or gear did we need for them? 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.
Your twin registry must-haves
Some of these items you’ll need before the babies are born, others not until they’re older. 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 cribs that can convert to toddler beds so you won’t have to buy a separate toddler bed after the crib. You’d just go from crib/toddler bed to twin bed instead of crib to toddler bed to twin bed. Tip: You may not need your cribs right away. You can set them up, but you can also put your twins to sleep in bassinets. They usually prefer small spaces.
- 2 mattresses: Each crib will need its own mattress. I splurged on mattresses and went with an organic brand. Whichever you decide, I recommend you get a waterproof one. Your babies will leak, and waterproof mattresses help with clean up.
- 2 bassinets: Babies love to sleep in confined spaces—it reminds them of their time in the womb. Bassinets are a fantastic option if your twins don’t take to cribs. I didn’t think my twins needed a bassinet, so I didn’t get them before they arrived. Eventually I learned how much better they slept in smaller spaces and ended up buying one and borrowing another from a friend. Well worth it!
- 1 changing table with drawers to put clothes in: I’m a fan of changing tables that also serve as a place to store clothes. Even better if they have shelves for cubbies to hold diapers, wipes and other essentials. You might get away with changing your babies on the floor or your bed, but it’s more convenient and easier on your back with a changing table.
- 1 changing pad mattress: With a changing table, you’ll need one changing pad. These usually come as waterproof pads with a safety belt to buckle your babies.
- 3 changing pad covers: You’ll also need about three changing pad covers. These are like “fitted sheets” that go over the changing pad.
- 1 diaper pail: I suggest getting a diaper pail with odor control if you don’t plan to change the pail frequently. And for breastfed babies, you might get away with using a regular trash can, since their poop won’t smell. (At least until they begin eating solids a few months later.)
- 6 fitted crib sheets: I loved those from Organic Cotton. I’m more of a no-pattern kind of girl, so cream fitted sheets were versatile, soft and organic.
- 2 boxes of newborn diapers: Your twins will likely go through at least 2 standard diaper boxes a month. And since most twins are born on the small size, it’s safe to say you’ll want to get the newborn size instead size 1.
- 1 box of wipes
- 1 infant bathtub: Bathing is usually a one-at-a-time task, so you don’t need two bathtubs. Get an infant bathtub with a mesh top that looks like a hammock. This will keep them from being submerged in water (because you can’t wet their umbilical cords until they fall off). Once their umbilical cords have fallen off, you simply remove the mesh top.
- 14-20 washcloths: Depending on how often you wash laundry and bathe your twins, you’ll need anywhere between 14-20 washcloths. Use these, along with a baby body wash, to gently wipe their bodies. Pay special attention to little cracks and folds you may forget, such as underarms or under the knees.
- 4 hooded towels: Hooded towels cover your twins’ heads and keep the surface you lay them on dry.
- 1 toddler bathtub*: As with the infant bathtub, you’ll only need one of these. Eventually your babies will outgrow the infant bathtub and will need a larger toddler one. Something big enough for them to fit but small enough that they’re not overwhelmed sitting in an empty bathtub. You can get this much later, when they’re about 9-10 months old and can sit comfortably on their own.
- 1 bathtub faucet cover*: A faucet cover is good have once they’re bathing in an actual bathtub and might slip and slide. The cover prevents them from hitting the faucet and possibly hurting themselves.
- Bath toys*: Once your twins can sit up, keep bath time fun with simple toys. Some of my favorites include toys that squirt, foam alphabet letters, and waterproof books.
- 1 shampoo and body wash: I’m a 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: After much trial and error, I settled on Playtex Vent-Aire bottles. I like how there aren’t a million parts to clean but they’re still designed to reduce gas.
- 1 bottle brush: The Oxo brush stands up in a sturdy base so you don’t keep knocking it over like other brands.
- 2 drying racks: I love Boon drying racks, and now they come in a large size. They’re versatile and can fit anything from bottle parts to utensils and bowls.
- 1 hospital-grade double electric pump: Get or rent a hospital-grade pump like the Medela Symphony. These are more efficient and hardier than a regular pump. However, a standard electric pump will work if you don’t plan to pump regularly. No matter what, get a double pump, not single, to cut your pumping time by half.
- 1-2 sets of pump parts: Two sets of pump parts ensure you’re always ready to pump even if your current parts are unwashed. If you get a Medela pump, get several of the white membranes and bring those with you (or leave them at work). They’re fragile and tear easily.
- 1 hands-free pumping bra: This is one of those purchases where I thought, How did I ever last without one? It’s a game changer with pumping since you can free up your hands. Simple Wishes makes a fantastic hands-free pump bra.
- Lanolin cream: Applying lanolin cream to your nipples before and after nursing can help prevent and heal soreness.
- 16-20 burp cloths: Don’t get your typical small burp cloths. Instead, get the ones that look like cloth diapers. Start with 16-20, and get more if one or both your twins spit up often.
- 1 twin nursing pillow: A twin nursing pillow will allow you to tandem feed, or feed both twins at the same time. This step alone can save you so much time! I used the My Brest Friend twin pillow, and other moms have also used the Twin Z pillow.
- 1 extra nursing pillow cover: In addition to the cover that comes with your pillow, get another one in case your twins soil it.
- Insulated bottle tote: Keep your pumped milk fresh with an insulated bottle tote. Use this for pumping and for being out and about with your twins.
- 1 box of breastmilk storage bags:* These are much easier to bring than bottles. They’re also a must if you plan to freeze and store breast milk.
For eating solids*
- 2 high chairs: Each baby will need his or her own high chair to eat. A few recommended products include Ikea Antelop, Ingenuity, Graco Blossom 4-in-1 and Inglesina Gusto. You can also attach a portable “booster seat” if you want to use a current dining room chair as a high chair.
- 4 sets of baby food storage containers: I love the Oxo food containers. They stack for easy storage and are designed to freeze as well as store in the fridge.
- 16 bibs: Like burp cloths, you may have more or less depending on how often you wash. Bibs are good to have on hand not just for feeding, but for wiping drool all day.
- 4 plates with utensils: This Oxo plate has a removable ring for easier scooping and a rubber base for less slipping. It can also come with a fork and spoon set.
- 6 sets of bowls: Use these for regular meals as well as for taking snacks with you on the go. Get sets with large and small sizes.
- 4 velcro swaddles: Ready to go swaddles or sleep suits don’t come undone compared to your standard baby blanket. A must for middle-of-the night wake ups when you’re too sleepy to do the full swaddle routine. Swaddles keep your twins snug and help them sleep longer.
- 4 thick blankets: Use these to cover your babies in the car seat or to lay them on the floor for tummy time (or even nap time).
- 4 light blankets: Light blankets like Aden+Anais blankets work great for light and loose swaddles. You can also use them for burp cloths, breastfeeding covers or blankets to keep the sun out of your babies’ eyes when they’re in the stroller. They’re one of the most versatile purchases I’ve ever made.
- 4 pacifiers: Your twins might take to sucking on pacifiers to soothe and even help them fall asleep. Get different-colored ones so you can designated one color per twin.
- 4 sleep sacks: If your twins don’t sleep with a swaddle (or they’ve outgrown them), you may need sleep sacks to keep them warm. Regular blankets aren’t safe for babies to sleep with in the crib.
- White noise machine: White noise machines help twins sleep longer because they drown out the sounds that might startle them awake. This could be anything from noise outside the house, to you walking around and even each other’s cries. Marpac and HoMedics are a few to check out. An alternative to a white noise machine is a regular fan or heater, or even downloaded music or apps on your iPhone.
- 1 baby monitor: If you want to check on your twins without opening the door, a baby monitor is the way to go. This is especially useful if your room is far from theirs—you can set the monitor next to your bedside table.
- 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: Baby carriers and wraps allow you to strap your twins close to you. Wraps in particular keep them snug and are a great way for your twins to fall asleep in a comfortable position. They’re also convenient for going out and about if you plan to walk with another adult (one twin each) and avoid using the stroller.
- 1 double stroller: Double strollers come in two option: side-by-side or tandem. Recommended brands include City Select, Baby Trend Sit and Stand, Mountain Buggy Duet, and the Chicco Keyfit 30. You’ll use your double stroller for everything (even getting your twins out of your car and into your home), so pick wisely! A few parents have asked what to do if you have an older child—do you get a double or triple stroller? It’s usually better to get a double stroller and either have your older child walk, wear one twin in a carrier or wrap and place the other in the double stroller with your older child, or purchase a standing board you can attach to the stroller that your older child can stand on.
- 1 diaper bag: You don’t need two diaper bags for your twins. Instead, get one that’s roomy and functional. SkipHop makes a great diaper bag for multiples. You’ll want a diaper bag with compartments to separate diapers and wipes from food and pacifiers. Extra points if your diaper bag has insulation for bottles.
- 2 infant seats*: These seats work great for many functions. They entertain your twins since many come with toys and lights they can play with. You can also use them for bottle feeding at the same once your twins can sit upright well. And they’re portable—you can keep your babies nearby and take them with you around the house.
- 1 swing*: I sometimes wished I had two swings, but even one will do wonders. Swings will help your twins fall asleep, especially if they need to be rocked.
- 1 pair of nail clippers: Best brand ever: Red Cross infant clippers.
- 1 nose sucker: NoseFrida is awesome, or you can use the free ones the hospital gives away to start.
- 1 tub of diaper cream: Triple Paste is the way to go. Keep a tub of diaper cream in your changing table to prevent and heal diaper rash. You’ll also want to keep a smaller tube in your diaper bag.
- Vitamin D drops for breastfed twins
This is a lot to take in, so don’t feel overwhelmed with all your options. At the end of the day, your twins will be fine whether they have one kind of stroller instead of the other.
Not sure if you should get something or not? Buy as you go. Decide down the line whether you truly need an item or not. Some twin moms can get by with one swing while others swear by two. And 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 when, in the trenches of it all, you can better decide what you truly need.
With your must-have list, now you know exactly what to get right away, how many you’ll need for twins, and the items you can buy later.
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