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Being a twin mom gives you a lot of experience right off the bat.
Within the first month of having newborn twins, I considered myself a pro diaper changer and bottle feeder.
Once the twins turned one, I felt like super mom. But you know what ultimately made the first year with twins easier? The products I found along the way.
I had the opportunity to try out a great deal of baby “must haves” between the twins. Why? Well, twins aren’t always “identical”.
I figured twins would have a lot of similarities because they are twins.
Kendall and Caeden are far from identical twins. I mean, they are fraternal. But they’re also just very different little humans.
Caeden has always been Mr. Chill. Even at a couple months old I could leave him alone and he would be completely content. He has always been great at occupying himself. Then there is Miss Kendall. My wild child. She was always been the more exhausting of the two.
It started with colic and has just kept up since then. She has always needed more attention and assistance than Caeden. It has made my husband and myself more than once worry about her toddler and teenage years. GAH!
Between the two very different children, we found what products work great for twins, and what doesn’t.
Once I found the good ones, they ultimately made the first year with twins easier!
10 Products You Need for Twins
Another godsend. You will need a car large enough for the double stroller, but I mean you’ll also need a big enough car for twins in general. The click connect system is ideal for twin moms. Instead of getting two infants in and out of their car seats to run into the store, it is SO much easier to pop their car seats into their stroller and then back into the car. It makes traveling with twins SO much easier.
Twin Z Pillow
The double pillow is optimal for breastfeeding moms, but I also have some hacks for it! I bottle fed Kendall and Caeden to make meal times easier on myself, and the Twin Z made it even easier! It helps prop the babes up just enough to drink and I would hold the bottles or prop the bottles and keep and eye out next to them. Yes, I know propping isn’t the best. But sometimes you gotta make do with what you got!
You can find the pillow here.
Medela Pump In Style
If you didn’t know, I exclusively pumped for the twins. It was a lot easier on me since Kendall wouldn’t take to the breast and bottle feeding one while nursing the other just to pump afterwards wasn’t working for me. So I relied on my pump day in and out.
I had great success with the Medela Pump in Style. Plus it comes in a bag where you can keep all of your parts! Contact your insurance to find out if you are eligible for one, or follow this link!
These will make home and on the go life with twins MUCH easier! I used our baby carrier while Kendall was colic to keep her close while still having hands open to make up bottles for Caeden or take care of whatever it was he needed. Then on the go, baby wearing is the only way. My husband and I each carry one of the twins. Or if I am alone I strap one into a carrier and hold the other one in one arm and I can still use my other hand. Baby carriers also come in handy when grocery shopping. Most stores only offer single set carts. So you can easily baby wear one and stick the other in the cart! Win!
I have a whole post here outlining why I think baby wearing has made me a better mom. Check it out!
Pack and Play’s
We honestly didn’t use the twins cribs until they were about nine months old. So between the rock and plays and the cribs, we used the pack and plays. And we still use them! I love how versatile they are. I can set them up in their room, pack them for when they go over to Grandmas, and have extra beds for when any friends are over and need a nap!
As a twin mom, I decided to sleep train. There wasn’t any possibility in me being able to soothe each baby to sleep over and over, or let them each fall asleep in bed with me. It just wasn’t happening. Because of that, the twins only sleep in their beds. Which is why the pack and plays were so great!
Check them out here.
Best Baby Led Weaning Gear?
I am a huge fan of meal time with EzPz products! Honestly, their gripping mats are the ONLY ones that even my new toddler twins cannot rip off of the table. They are seriously a game changer for baby led weaning and the messes that would otherwise happen.
My favorites that we have had the chance to try out include;
These were prime for quick and safe bath time. They helped keep the twins in one place once they were able to sit up on their own, and I could get both babies bathed and clothes QUICK! They were serious life savors.
I grabbed these ones.
Regalo Baby Gates
Once those twins of yours are on the move, keeping track of them is going to be rough! I chose to block off my living room with Regalo baby gates and completely baby proof it to make it the ultimate safe zone. The baby gates from Regalo are ideal because they are made with you and your baby in mind. They are barred, so the twins won’t be able to climb them. And they have a double locking feature so that you are the only one able to open them up!
Check them out here!
Funny, I know. My friends laugh at how often we watch Moana. But it is honestly my safety net. Early on with the twins, I wanted to find a safe movie that I could turn on and walk away for a bit. Some moms are against screen time, and I understand that. But me? NOPE. I am all for the extra hand of the TV.
Find a show you don’t mind having on one million times and stick with it. The first little whoooaaaaaaah sound of Moana captures Kendall and Caeden and I know I am set for at least 30 minutes. Sometimes it’ll keep them drawn in for the entire movie and I can actually get some work done!
It comes without a doubt that twins are hard. Two babies with the same needs at the same time is exhausting. Don’t think for one second that you have to do everything on your own, mama. It might take a village to raise a child, but it also takes a village to keep your sanity. Check out my post here for why I think help is the most important tool in your first year with twins.
Okay, what do you think?
Did I make some good points? Open your eyes to some new products? Any questions? I would love to hear!
I hope they help you just as much as they did me, and make the first year with twins easier.
Best of luck, mamas!