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If you have twins (or triplets or quadruplets or more…God Bless you if you do!), then you understand why this post is so important. Because twin life is all about….drum roll please…SURVIVAL. Oh, you thought I was going to say something super lovey dovey? Nope! Yes, of course I am insanely in love with them and I wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world, but, did I ever ask for or want twins? Also nope!
When I was pregnant with my twins, I scoured the internet to find the best baby products. And of course there were things I never found, like, hello, double baby carrier???? Which obviously I now see posts for all the time on Facebook. There were things I bought and never used and things I bought that I thought, this might be OK and it turned out to be a LIFESAVER.
So here is my twin cents. Ha, see what I did there?
If you are going to bottle feed exclusively (like I did), bottle feed part of the time, or heck even breast feed exclusively, you need the Table For Two in your life. Listen closely, I’m going to let you in on the biggest twin secret that no one will tell you but I swear they are all doing it, surviving twins is all about CONTAINMENT. Seriously, you try wrangling two new to rolling, crawling, wiggling, walking babies at one time and you will learn quickly, CONTAIN THEM.
So, as you can see above, the Table for Two is basically a baby feeding station that makes bottle feeding sooo much easier because you can feed both at once. Don’t judge me for blanket propping. PSA You’re never supposed to prop a baby’s bottle but I was always right next to them and I warned you, its SURVIVAL.
I started out my sleepless nights feeding one baby at a time and it took me about an hour to change each of their diapers, give them a bottle and get them back to sleep. You can imagine how much sleep you actually don’t get when you feed one, put him or her down and then spend 30 minutes feeding the second baby and then put him or her down only to have the first baby ready for another bottle maybe an hour later, and the cycle continues.
A couple weeks of this and I moved on to the double feeding pillow, the Twin Z Pillow. Now, this has its perks too, in fact, at 18 months, my twins still lay on it to this day when they drink their sippy cups, watch TV, etc.. We just tell them, “Go to your spot” and off they go to the Twin Z. That being said, since I wasn’t breast feeding, leaning over the Twin Z pillow at night was killing my back (you can wrap around you which I did during the day but at night I was way too out of it and not nearly coordinated enough!).
I randomly discovered Table for Two on a Facebook group page. I hopped onto their site and discovered you get to completely customize your fabric choices for the seat covers, which is pretty cool. It takes some patience to get them since they are custom made but don’t be like me and wait until they are 2 months old to order it, in fact, go and order it right now. Oh and back to my containment theory, basically it was an awesome way to get them to sit still and eat their bottles as they got older. I would say we used it until they were about 8 months old, so totally worth the price tag at $279. They also have a single version so for those of you who only need to contain one kiddo, they have you covered too.
As you can see, we got pretty creative…
The next product I can’t live without….Expandable Baby Gates (are you seeing a theme here?). So about the time they started crawling, we quickly realized our house is a literal deathtrap. Stairs, knives, chemicals, choking hazards, plugs, cords, everything, everywhere! Seriously it’s like the Hunger Games around here. LOL But for real, with an older child, you live in constant fear that your babies might choke on a Shopkins, a NumNom or whatever toy YouTube has made me buy this week. So, we rallied and turned our living room into a petting zoo. Its fine.
Strollers. That was a hard one. I needed something that would fit in my vehicle and wouldn’t break my back. I was obsessed with getting the Joovy Big Caboose with the backseat attachment for my (at the time) 3 year old. I did end up getting it as a gift and heartbreakingly it was a monster that wouldn’t fit in the back of my car. It’s awesome in theory but you need A LOT of cargo space for that bad boy. We also received the Joovy Twin Roo+. This actually folds pretty compact, is very light weight but in the end, after hours of research and finally accepting the slightly heftier price tag, I exchanged the Big Caboose and Twin Roo for credit toward the Baby Jogger City Select Double Stroller with a 2nd seat attachment. This is pretty high end in my opinion at $699 but it’s worth every penny. It folds very compact when the seats are removed, which is pretty easy to do. The handle bar extends which is important since my husband is over 6 feet tall and you can face the kiddos in various directions with 16 different configurations. It glides and turns super easily and there is an optional riding platform, Baby Jogger Glider Board, for older children. So to give you an idea, I have a minivan (don’t even get me started on that one) which doesn’t actually have much cargo room when using the third row and this fits perfectly for us. It was great for use with car seats as well.
Last, but certainly not least, the Easy Pouch. And this is not just for twins! Seriously, why didn’t I think of this so I could be rich? I use these every day, sometimes twice a day and I tell everyone about them. Have you ever handed a baby (let alone a toddler) a squeeze pouch? Don’t do it!! Seriously, red, green, purple, whatever color mess, everywhere. These are basically amazing.
If you’re having a baby, congrats! If you’re having twins (or more), double congrats… “And may the odds be ever in your favor.” – [Suzanne Collins], [The Hunger Games]
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