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If there is one thing you should know about me as a twin mom- it’s that I am not afraid to live my life with twins.
I love spending the day out with twins! Whether it’s out for a walk, to appointments or off to playdates with my momma tribe. We are always moving!
Don’t get me wrong, I love staying home with them too. It’s where we play, try new foods and best of all TAKE GOOD NAPS! But my biggest thing as a mom is that I am not putting my life on hold while they grow up.
I just figure out how to take them along!
It truly was daunting in the beginning. I would get so worked up the night before we had an outing planned that I would go back and fourth between what I needed and made sure everything was laid out and checked the gas in the car, prepped snacks and bottles- you get the picture.
But at this point I would say I am a pro. I can get us out the door and on the road with everything I need for a day out with twins in under and hour. Maybe even a half hour if I pushed it! All because I follow the tips I have laid out for you guys.
I am sure if you are new to this twin-mommin’ thing this all sounds impossible, right?
Well that is what I am here for! Follow along for my 10 tips on preparing for a day out with twins!
And if you haven’t checked it out yet, I have another post on tips for getting out the door with twins by yourself!
10 Tips for a Day Out with Twins!
First things first- make sure you have that diaper bag STOCKED with the right things
Your essential for a successful day out with twins in your diaper bag.
If you haven’t check out my diaper bag checklist- check it out here. In the post I go over all of the essentials you need while out of the house with your twins. But if you are going out for a whole day you are going to want to pack;
- Extra diapers
- Tylenol (in case the teething gets bad!),
- Insulated water bottle (keep water at the perfect temp for bottles and yourself!)
- Formula (if needed)
- Snacks (cheerios and teething biscuits are my favorites!)
- Your own snacks
- & what you need for where you’re going (ie, towels for beach, hats and sunscreen for the park, diaper covers for the pool)
Carrying ALL of that baby stuff is going to be heavy. Make sure you use a backpack for your diaper bag on days out with twins if you aren’t already. Backpacks are my favorite because they are easy to wear while tackling the twins and they can hold EVERYTHING you could ever need!
Check the weather
If you are taking the twins out for a whole day, you need to prepare for the weather changes. It is likely to be cool in the AM and can get pretty warm in the afternoon!
Check your local weather app to make sure you are dressing the twins appropriately for the weather.
Something I love to use for cooler mornings is our Car Seat Canopy’s as blankets so that the twins don’t have to wear bulky jackets in their car seats (which is surprisingly unsafe!!). And I use the blankets as rests on the go for feeding the twins. They are super functional aside of their main purpose of covering their carseats. Check them out!
Prep yourself the night before
Make life easier on yourself if you are leaving early the next morning. Shower, lay out clothes and have everything ready to go so that you can focus on getting the twins ready and out the door quick in the morning!
Keep to-go breakfasts in the house!
I try my best to keep easy, ready to go breakfasts and snacks in the house that I can eat on the trip to where ever we are going- or even just for those super busy at home days.
I love these fig bars as a pick me up snack! I even keep a bar in my stroller for on the go snacking!
I also have a great recipe for easy banana muffins- you can check that out here.
Make sure you have the gas
This is a tip to just keep in the back of your mind. I always make sure I have 1/2 a tank so that I don’t have to stop in the morning or while I am out with the babies.
I think it is a great practice to keep because stopping for that long with the twins will likely make them antsy and then you have crying babies and you won’t be off to a good start.
Tidy up the house before you leave
I think that the most hectic part of a day out with twins is getting home. You gotta get everything inside, they’re always hungry by that point and you are starved as well! So much needs to get done right away.
Take some of the stress away and tidy up the night before, or right before you leave. Then you won’t be stepping over toys and bottles while trying to finish up your day!
Make sure YOU are ready before you start getting the twins ready
I mention this in the getting out the door with twins post, but I felt like I needed to re-enforce it!
Seriously guys- GET READY FIRST!
Especially if your twins hate their car seats! I love being able to get out the door RIGHT after buckling them into their carseats or stroller.
While out, start their meals early!
Now for while you’re out- start feeding before actual meal time.
I know for me, the twins eat at the same time while we are home. So while we are out- that obviously isn’t as easy to do!
I always make sure to start feeding one while the other is content playing with a toy or just hanging out. Not hungry!
Then if the other does start to get squirmy, give them a teething biscuit if they are old enough! I know they keep Kendall occupied for a good 5-10 minutes.
I love these teething biscuits because they smell good. I know- weird reason. But They smell like fresh cut apples! Beware that they can get messy though!
Plan your day
One of the last important tips for a successful day out with twins- PLAN!
While out and about, naps aren’t easy to come by. So if you have a long trip out to where you are going, or multiple stops, plan them out for the best nap opportunities!
A good example would be how I went about one of our recent days out with my momma friends. We drove to an outlet mall that was about 45 minutes away- so they had a good nap on the way out there. Then we shopped for a few hours and decided to drive 30 minutes for lunch so that our babies would get another nap opportunity in the car.
While out you can’t give your babies the best naps, but you can plan ahead to make sure they have good chunks of time for a nap so that they aren’t kept awake for hours!
Remember diaper changes!
And the last tip for a great day out with twins- remember to check their diapers.
This is something that I still forget almost every time. It is so easy to get caught up in the zoo, mall, beach- whatever it is. And you forget that the babies need their diaper changed!
Maybe your twins are different than mine, but mine aren’t phased by dirty diapers unless they are SUPER full. Like, soaking the onesie full. I think the wet onesie is what bugs them, not the diaper.
So make sure to check their diaper when they eat, you go to the bathroom, you get in the car- something. Make somethng a habit for yourself!