Advice for parenting twins and singletons

Nice to Have – Highly Recommended Baby Gear

Nice to Have – Highly Recommended Baby Gear

Here it is, my list of non-essential baby gear that I wouldn’t want to live without. These are some of my favorite items. My Must Haves list includes the bare essentials and this list contains my favorite “Nice to Have” items. I would recommend purchasing at least some of the items on this list:

On the Go

(2)* Pacifier Clips – we love to have a pacifier permanently clipped to the car seat, that way you never forget it when you go out:

Matimati Pacifier Clips

*will need (4) for twins

Nursery

(1)* Video Baby Monitor – this is especially convenient if you have 2 floors in the house. We recently purchased the Samsung monitor listed. We picked it because it has the capability to be used through an app on the phone, but it also has a monitor. So far the biggest negative is the monitor battery life is extremely short, but otherwise no complaints. Previously, we had the Levana Jena baby monitor for 3 years. Overall, it worked well for the price. One negative was it beeped when it lost signal, which is okay, but it happened A LOT, specifically when connected to two cameras. The second negative was over time the night vision on one of the cameras stopped working.

Samsung Wisenet Babyview Monitor

Levana Jena Baby Video Monitor

*will need 1 monitor with 2 cameras for twins

(1) Set of Blackout Shades – I have read getting blackout shades will help baby sleep later in the morning and nap for longer during the day. We purchased our shades for both nurseries from JCPenney and they have been great.

(1) Sound Machine – we still use it to this day for the twins. This is the one we have and love:

MyBaby Sound Machine

Diaper Changing

(1) Diaper Pail per changing area – I don’t really have a recommendation except that we like both of the diaper pails we have.  There are positives and negatives to each brand out there. I recommend reading online reviews and deciding what will work best for you in each changing area:

Playtex Diaper Genie Complete

Baby Trend Diaper Champ

Sleeping

(1)* Bouncy Chair – great for napping, my kids always slept well in them:

Fisher Price Deluxe Bouncer

*will need (2) for twins

(1) Swing – I personally like the glider type because it’s smaller. I also prefer to have a covered canopy, which is an upgrade in cost, but it always made me feel like the baby was better protected. We had a 3-4 week period when this is all one of the twins slept in at night and our youngest went through the same phase:

Graco Glider Elite

(2)* Velcro Swaddles – I like the Summer Infant velcro swaddles best. These are especially nice to have for first time parents:

SwaddleMe

*will need (3) for twins

(1)* Baby Merlin Magic Sleepsuit – We love the Baby Merlin and used it for transferring from sleeping in a bassinet to the crib. I recommend getting a second suit if you end up using it because of diaper leaks. We only used the 3-6 month size, because the twins fit in it well past 6 months, so don’t buy the bigger size ahead of time:

Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit

*will need (3) for twins

(2)* Sleep Sacks – we started using sleep sacks after the babies were out of the Merlin sleepsuit. They loved them. The Halo brand is great and seem to be the best value:

Halo SleepSack 100% Cotton Wearable Blanket

*will need (4) for twins

Feeding

(1) Bottle Drying Rack – we love the Boon grass drying rack. It has gotten a lot of use and it has been a conversation piece when we’ve had visitors. I also like the twig and flower accessory that you buy with it or separately:

Boon Grass Drying Rack with Twig and Flower Accessory

Just Hanging Out

(1)* Boppy Lounger – this is not intended to be used for sleeping. It’s portable and nice to have an easily accessible place for your newborn to hang out:

Boppy Newborn Lounger

*for twins get (1) Twin Z pillow instead:

Twin Z Pillow

(1)* Jumper – the twins played in this a lot, they loved it! It also lets you get some stuff done while the baby is entertained and safe. I recommend the Fisher Price jumper, it’s very bouncy. We also have a Baby Einstein jumper, but the Fisher Price one was always more popular in our house:

Fisher-Price Jumperoo

*will need (2) for twins

(1) Play mat – great for tummy time. This got a lot of use, especially the first 6 months.  If you have twins make sure you pick one where the mat can fit 2 babies. This is the one we have:

Fisher Price Rainforest Melodies and Lights Deluxe Gym

A few teethers – my kids love the following:

Munchkin Fun Ice Chewy Teether

Ike & Leo Teething Toys

Last But Not Least

(1) Medicine Kit – this is great to have on hand, especially if it’s 3am and the baby has been screaming for God knows how long:

Little Remedies New Parents Survival Kit

(1) Nasal Aspirator – we got one for free at the hospital, so you can just use that one. However, I really like the Nosefrida, does it sound gross…YES! But it works so well and there is a filter to prevent any exposure to snot, plus the tube is so long I’ve never had anything come anywhere close the filter:

Nosefrida The Snotsucker Nasal Aspirator

That’s it, the list of my favorite “non-essential” baby gear. Click here to check out the complete baby gear list, including the list of must haves.