If you are expecting twins, have recently had twins, or are buying a baby shower gift for someone expecting twins, I 100% recommend these few items. Some of them are honestly pretty spendy, but I have to say are COMPLETELY WORTH IT! Like, I don't know what I would have done without these things sort of worth it. Save up, get a group to all pitch in, look on craigslist! I have been asked on numerous occasions what our must have items are for raising twin babies, day to day routines, what to register for, etc. I've been asked by twin moms, dads, and even parents who are just curious what the multiple vs. singleton life is all about and what all it entails. I'm here to share with you my most "prized possessions" that helped us survive the first 6 months (and some still to this day at 8 months) of raising twin babies! We personally do not purchase a ton of things for the boys unless they are seen as a necessity in our eyes. Don't get me wrong, we definitely have moments of "look how cute (and impractical) this baby hat is or these cute (and impractical) baby shoes are!" But, overall we try to keep a tight baby budget because, well, two babies.
*doodles by ya girl, @pursuingpie*
Alrighty, onto the LIST !
1. TWIN-Z PILLOW
Okay, this pillow has saved our lives so many times! I never used it to nurse, partly because I just plain didn't think to at the time and partly because I had an awesome double nursing pillow which I'll share with you in just a second. I give major credit to the twin-z pillow for my ability to stay home by myself with twin newborns. I would place the pillow onto the ottoman of our rocking chair set and then place each baby into their little nooks. Then, I would strap on my nursing pillow, again, I'll be sharing that later in the list. Once that was situated I would place each baby on either side and begin to nurse. Really, it was incredibly manageable - with big thanks to the twin-z pillow!!! Who knew a pillow could change someones life? I sure do and so do you now!
2. DOCK-A-TOT (S)
Next up are the dock-a-tots! Again, a pillow-y product that is a complete game (and life) changer. We got these a few months into everything and I only wish we would have had them from the very start. Since I stay home by myself with the boys everyday and do freelance art projects on the side, I needed TIME. Don't we all? Well, when it was time for the boys to nap, I would put them in their dock-a-tots, give them their paci, and they would fall asleep within minutes. MINUTES!!! They obviously can't tell me how they're feeling or why the heck the docks work so well, but I like to think it's because they feel cuddled in them. The pillow sides keep them snug where they feel protected and comforted, that's what I think anyways. Whatever the reason, they truly do work wonders! On the floor, on the bed with me, in their cribs *with supervision, they work! These were also very handy when we were traveling on our move across the country. We would put them on the floor next to the bed in the hotel and they would sleep the whole night through every single time. Magical pillow-y goodness!
3. MAMAROO (S)
The MamaRoo's! The ones who held and rocked my babies when I needed to do laundry or when I needed to take a nap or when I needed to just sit down and breathe. We were gifted these from someone who got them for a very discounted price. You will definitely want one of these full price or half price! Check Craigslist if you want/need/have to people! I have heard from several other moms that their baby never slept in them, but I am here to say that my twins both slept like little champions in them. We would often times have them stay put in them for naps during the days and occasionally at night when we just needed an hour of sleep ourselves! They worked wonders and we are just now getting to the point where they aren't content in them for nearly any length of time. That's crawling/pulling themselves up on everything in sight for ya.
4. "MYBRESTFRIEND" NURSING PILLOW
Okay, a very silly name, but this is the real deal. I would take this along with the twin-z when we went to my parents house or a friends house! It was the only way I could manage. I didn't get out super often in the beginning, though I tried to at least once or twice a week. Let's face it, people think nursing one baby in public is "inappropriate" *to be clear, I think it's perfectly natural and normal to modestly feed your baby in public*, but just think about nursing TWO babies in public! Ha! There was no point in trying nursing bras really.. I was tandem feeding them so the shirt off/bra off combo was the most efficient way to go - which meant staying home for feedings was a much more practical and efficient way of doing this (EVERY 2-3 HOURS).
5. THE DRIVE-THRU
Okay, so you can't really purchase this one.. But seriously. Just getting everyone ready and out the door is a workout in itself. Then, getting everyone to the car from the door. Then driving somewhere and unloading and reloading and going from the car to the door and back inside again? I wasn't always up for that, so a drive thru and a 30 minute drive with the windows down was plenty enjoyable for me. If motherhood has taught me anything, which its taught me a lot, I've learned to appreciate the little things in life so much more. The Starbucks drive-thru became my best friend. I used to be like, "eh, starbucks" but here I am loving starbucks with all my heart. Bless you starbucks drive-thru. Matter of fact, bless any and all drive-thrus!
There you have it!
My "secret" weapons.
I want to share a few other items that really helped me and are still really helping me through my days!
+ DOUBLE STROLLER +
This link is showing you the price for the stroller base itself, the adapters, and two big kid seats included!
I personally have the City Select baby jogger with the double adapters and absolutely love it! The stroller base itself isn't too heavy for what were my girlish weak arms (they've since become very strong) and the easy unfold and refold and loading and unloading, all so seamless. I needed something I could rely on to make my life a little easier when getting out and about on my own throughout the weekdays. I knew if I could just get out the door and in the car, the rest would be easy, thanks to the stroller + carseat combo! Well, you know, "easy". Anyways, I highly recommend a stroller that is front to back, not side to side. We fit through some tight spaces in our limo of a stroller! The rubber wheels turn smoothly and I've even gone for a jog with the stroller!
+ BUMBO (S) +
These have been super handy helping the boys sit up on their own and now worrying about them falling backwards or off to the side. They truly stay content sitting in them. We have the ones with the tray that hooks on, and it's a game changer from the standard Bumbo! We used/use these for feedings - like, sit them on the floor, on the table, on the counter, etc. (*with supervision). We've also purchased some suction cup toys that just stick right onto the trays and they will be entertained for literally HOURS. Okay, so not always hours. But it sure felt like hours in baby time.
+ WALKER (S)/BOUNCER (S) +
These have also been super handy in helping the boys gain leg strength and encouraging them to walk. They are 8 months now, but they have shown interest in getting around by foot, just haven't quite connected those pieces yet. They have been crawling everywhere and pulling themselves up on everything, its just a matter of time! And I think our walkers are to thank! Any walker would do the trick I think, but we personally have the cheapest ones from Target by Baby Einstein!
+ THE HAPPINESS PLANNER +
I am a big time planner type of person and I knew even after babies, I needed to have systems, goals, reminders, etc. Well, I stumbled upon the happiness planner online one day and ordered it immediately. I had been in the market for a planner and this is not just your average planner. This planner is keeping me focused and changing my life to be honest with you. Or at least, I'm letting it change my life. We have the power over our choices and I'm so thankful I made the jump to get this! There is a happiness roadmap inside that starts things off with a powerful bang! I can attest to my happiness levels being higher than I ever imagined they would be as a mom, let alone as being a twin mom. There are bad days, but there are mostly good days and I think a lot of thanks to this planner encouraging me and helping me stay on track!
*this is is no way a sponsored post, I genuinely want to share with you in hopes of peace of mind, and maybe even a nap!*
Okay, I'm done rambling! Sending lots of love to you mama's out there!
Can't wait to hear what you think of these products if you have them already or when you try them out!
Whether you have twins, or you have one baby, or you have five kids, I'd also love to hear if you have any products you loved/love using for motherhood survival!