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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….drumroll please…survival.
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. Check out the TwinGo Original Baby Carrier. There were things I bought and never used and things I bought, thinking it might be OK, and it turned out to be a lifesaver.
So here is my twin cents. 😉
Feeding Systems For Bottle or Breastfeeding
If you’re going to bottle feed exclusively (we love Dr. Brown’s for preventing gas), bottle feed part of the time, or heck, even breastfeed 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.
The Table for Two is basically a baby feeding station that makes bottle feeding so 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, it’s all about survival.
I started out my sleepless nights feeding one baby at a time. It took me about an hour to change each of their diapers, give them a bottle and then get them back to sleep. You can imagine how much sleep you actually don’t get when you feed one, put him down, spend 30 minutes feeding the second baby and put her down, only to have the first baby ready for another bottle, maybe an hour later, and the cycle continues.
A couple of weeks of this and I moved on to a double feeding pillow, the Twin Z Pillow. This product has its perks too, in fact, at 18 months, my twins still lay on this 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 breastfeeding, leaning over the Twin Z pillow at night was killing my back (you can wrap it 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 found that you also get to completely customize your fabric choices for the seat covers. It takes some patience to get them, since they are custom-made, but don’t be like me and wait until they’re two 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 eight 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…
Make Snack Time A Little Less Messy
Also, when it comes to snacking, we are all about 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? Seriously, red, green, purple, whatever color mess, everywhere. These are basically amazing.
Transitioning From The Swaddle
I have Shark Tank to thank for the next product and for saving my sanity (or what little I have left!). At nine months, the twins were still waking during the night, not so much to eat, but just restless or wanting a pacifier or just chattering away. I remembered a product that I had seen on Shark Tank that promised a more restful night of sleep and decided to give it a try.
Enter the Zipadee-Zip! The very first night the twins wore these, they both slept through the night. Hallelujah, I think the angels were singing! Now, I won’t say that they slept through the night every night after, but they were definitely more restful and I think it helped them get there much faster. By ten months, they were both sleeping through the night.
The theory behind this amazing little sleep sack is that it’s a swaddle transition. It’s meant to help your baby have more movement (so if he rolls over, he can roll back) but it still restricts arm movement enough to prevent the startle reflex from waking him.
The Zipadee-Zip is definitely a little more spendy than other sleep sacks, but in my opinion, your sleep and sanity is totally worth it. If you want to save some money (who doesn’t?), you can often find them on eBay. Though, I would have never sold mine because they were heavily used.
Save Your Sanity With Baby Gates
Another product that we can’t live without….expandable baby gates (are you seeing a theme here?).
Around the time the twins started crawling, we quickly realized our house was a literal death trap. Stairs, knives, chemicals, choking hazards, plugs, cords, everything, everywhere! Seriously it’s like the Hunger Games around here!
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. It’s fine.
Shopping With Twins
We’ve covered eating, sleeping, and trapping, next up, shopping!
Have you ever tried to shop by yourself with two kids who need to be strapped into the cart? I think Costco is the only place that’s actually possible. Plus, add in a third toddler to keep track of and going to the store on your own is pretty much nuts.
This is why I love the Buggy Bench. I get stopped at the store constantly by people commenting on this seat and asking where we got it. It’s super easy to set-up and unlike at Costco, I don’t have to worry about them fighting and pulling each other’s hair since they aren’t squished in next to each other. If you buy nothing else, seriously buy this!
And when we aren’t strapping them into shopping carts, we, of course, need a stroller to accommodate two, preferably three, since most days our toddler refuses to walk. This 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 our toddler. 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+ for use with infant seats. This actually folds pretty compact and is very lightweight, but in the end, after hours of research and finally accepting the heftier price tag, I exchanged the Big Caboose and Twin Roo for credit toward the Baby Jogger City Select Double Stroller with a second seat attachment.
The Baby Jogger is pretty high-end, in my opinion, but it’s worth every penny. It folds very compactly when the seats are removed, which is pretty easy to do. The handlebar extends, which is important since my husband is over six feet tall, and you can face the kiddos in various directions with sixteen different configurations. This stroller glides and turns super easily and there is the optional 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 and you can find all the different car seat attachments reasonably priced on Amazon. We had the Britax B Safe 35 Elite (one of the most narrow car seats I found for fitting multiple seats in a vehicle).
And there you have my round-up of the best products for twins! So, 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. 😉