The #1 Twin Baby Gear Registry Checklist
Are you pregnant with twins? Are you wondering which twin baby gear you really need and how much you need? Then you have come to the right place!
I am a mom of twins plus one and I have compiled this ultimate registry checklist of the twin baby gear you really need.
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Without further ado, here is the ultimate list of the twin baby gear you will need for your twin baby registry.
I personally used each item on the list, so I can easily say these items work and are worth purchasing and registering for.
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Strollers And Car Seats For Twins
(2) Infant Car Seats with Base – we have the Graco click connect and really like it. In the past year the SnugLock system has become more popular for Graco. I know Chicco car seats are popular too. I chose Graco because it is the lightest weight car seat.
(2) Car Seat Bases per each additional car – when you buy an infant car seat it comes with a base. But, if there are other cars that will be driving your babies around regularly, you will want to get just the base for those cars too. The car seat base must be from the same company as the car seat. If you go with Graco, make sure the connection type matches (Snuglock vs. Click Connect).
(1) Double Stroller Travel System – Go for the double stroller frame. It is much lighter than the convertible strollers. Once your babies can sit up it will be easier to get a lightweight umbrella stroller, rather than using the bulkier, heavier convertible stroller.
(2) Convertible Car Seats per car – when picking a convertible seat, consider if you are planning to have more children. It could be important to pick slim convertible seats, that will allow you to fit up to three car seats across in your car.
(1) Double Umbrella Stroller – we have the Chicco Echo Twin Stroller and really like it.
Twin Baby Gear For The Nursery
(2) Cribs – I recommend getting cribs that convert to toddler beds.
(2) Crib Mattresses – this is what we have and it’s been great. And, even better, you can get it at a great price.
(1) Short Dresser with at least 3 drawers – two dressers and a full size closet will provide plenty of space for clothes, diapers, etc.
(1) Tall Dresser with at least 5 drawers – two dressers and a full size closet will provide plenty of space for clothes, diapers, etc.
(1) 4-Shelf Bookcase – The bookcase provides space for books, plus any additional storage that might be required.
(1) Changing Pad – I recommend putting a changing pad on top of the short dresser instead of buying a changing table.
(2) Changing Pad Covers – Don’t forget to get a couple covers for the changing pad.
(4) Waterproof Mattress Pads – get four mattress pads so you have a backup for each baby in case of diaper leaks.
(4) Fitted Crib Sheets – I personally like percale sheets to help keep your babies from getting too hot.
(1) Night-light – You will want a night-light for middle of the night visits to the nursery. Then, you can continue to use it during the toddler years. This one is a great price and still works over 4 years later.
(1) Hamper – get one in neutral colors so it can be used elsewhere in the future.
(1) Video Baby Monitor – It’s hard to find a monitor that is perfect. I would recommend both monitors we used, but keep in mind the negatives discussed below. We recently purchased this Samsung monitor. 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. Another negative was over time the night vision on one of the cameras stopped working.
(1) Set of Blackout Shades – I read getting blackout shades will help your 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 sound machines to this day for our 4-year-old twins and our 2-year-old singleton. This is the one we have and love.
(2) Crib Mobiles (optional) – get one that matches your nursery theme.
(1) Double Glider Chair (optional) – I wish I had known about this double glider chair when I had my twins. I’m not sure if they existed yet. If you will feed your twins in their nursery during the night, AT THE SAME TIME, this is definitely worth the investment. Otherwise, you can skip the glider. Although, I’d like to point out, I can also picture reading to your twins before bed in this chair as toddlers. They will most likely still be in a crib or toddler bed, so it would be a good spot where everyone could sit.
Diaper Changes For Twins
Start with the quantities listed below and buy more diapers in the correct size, as needed. Keep in mind, there is a good possibility you will also receive diapers as gifts. I personally like Pampers Swaddlers for newborn, size 1, and size 2.
(2) Cases of Newborn Diapers – Pampers Swaddlers – Size 0 (Newborn size)
(2) Cases of Size 1 Diapers – Pampers Swaddlers – Size 1
Note: When babies get bigger around 6 months of age, or when they go to size 3, the Costco Huggies, called Huggies Plus, are made special for Costco and have extra protection. I love the Huggies Plus diapers because there is a noticeable difference in absorbency compared to all the other diaper brands I have tried.
(1) Case of Wipes – I like Huggies Natural Care wipes.
(1) Changing Table (if have 2 floors): I recommend getting a changing table if you have 2 floors in your house. We purchased this one and it has been great. It’s a good price, still in good condition, and has plenty of storage.
(12) Waterproof Changing Pads – these are great for diaper changes on your bed in the middle of the night during the newborn phase and to protect the changing pad cover. When your babies get bigger, use them for diaper changes on the floor. Stick some in your diaper bag too. They come in various sizes, it’s good to get a couple different sizes.
(1) Diaper Bag – I like ours, it’s big enough for twins and my husband wanted a gender neutral bag.
Hand Sanitizer – keep some at each diaper changing area and a travel hand sanitizer for the diaper bag.
(1) Diaper Pail per changing area – We like both the diaper genie and the diaper champ. 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.
Twin Baby Gear For Sleeping
(12) Swaddling Blankets – take as many receiving blankets as you can from the hospital, they are great quality (and free). The hospital blankets are big, so they are great for swaddling or they can be used as burp cloths. My absolute favorite swaddling blankets are the aden+anais muslin blankets. The muslin blankets are big and have some give, perfect for swaddling. Between the hospital and two 4 packs of aden+anais blankets it should be enough to start. You can always buy more later.
Pacifiers – I recommend getting 1 pack each of a couple different brands to see what your babies prefer. Two of my kids liked the Philips Avent soothies and then switched to the Philips Avent silicone when they got older. While one of my kids would only take the Nuk pacifier.
(2) Playards – which playard you get is really dependent on your needs. You could opt for the twin playard or maybe two playards with the bassinet / changing area combo. My personal opinion is to skip these options and get two of the cheaper and more basic playards. Here’s why, first of all, after 3-6 months, your babies will outgrow the top bassinet of the playard. You also need to consider finding space to set up the playard(s). Lastly, buying the basic playard will save you money. With that said, I love playards for traveling. You can use it as a portable crib for up to 3 years old. I also loved using it as playpen from 6-10 months old. It provides a safe play area, and is especially useful when you need to leave the room for a few minutes.
(2) Bouncy Chairs (optional) – these are great for napping, especially if you want your babies close by while you get some stuff around the house. My kids always slept well in them. It’s not a necessity, but very convenient to have an extra napping spot.
(1) Swing – I personally like the glider swing type because it’s smaller. 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. So it’s definitely worth it to help get some sleep at night. Start with one swing, if needed, you can always get a second.
(4) Velcro Swaddles – I like the Summer Infant velcro swaddles best. These are especially nice for first time parents, that are not sure how to make a good swaddle.
(2) Baby Merlin Magic Sleepsuits –We love the Baby Merlin and used it for transferring from sleeping in a bassinet to the crib. I recommend getting eventually getting a total of three suits because of diaper leaks. We only used the 3-6 month size, because the kids fit in it well past 6 months. So, don’t worry about buying the bigger size, right now.
(4) Wearable Blankets – we started using wearable blankets after the babies were out of the Merlin sleepsuit. They loved them. The Halo brand is great and seem to be the best value. Medium should be the right size when transitioning from the Merlin suit.
Feeding Gear For Twins
(16) Burp Cloths – I like flannel burp cloths over terry burp cloths, they seem to be more absorbent. Tip: cloth diapers also work well as burp cloths.
(20) Cloth Bibs – There is a good chance you will receive a lot of bibs for presents. It’s best to wait and see what you get first. I do not have a brand to recommend. Personally, I like the cloth bibs that have a waterproof backing.
(4) Silicone Bibs – These are good when your babies start eating solid foods. These bibs grow with your baby and will fit well after your babies reaches 9-12 months. My 2 year old still fits into these bibs and I have not had to replace them.
(1) Bottle Brush – This one is great.
(2) High Chairs – This Baby Trend high chair has held up really well. I definitely recommend it. They are easy to clean and the storage spot for the tray is perfect. The only downside is it takes up a lot of space. If you have a small living space, I recommend getting booster seats that attach to a kitchen chair instead. You can also use these when traveling.
(4) Sippy cups – Make sure to start with the trainer cups. Get 2 different brands to see which one your babies like. We started putting small amounts of water in a sippy cup around 6 months. This made transitioning away from the bottle at 1-year-old much easier. We had the best luck with this Munckin cup and this NUK cup.
(10) Plastic Spoons – we received a large variety of baby spoon brands for gifts. I always find myself reaching for these Munchkin ones, they are by far my favorite.
(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.
If you plan to breastfeed:
These recommendations are based on waiting to see how breastfeeding is going before investing too much money into it. These items will get you started and if it’s going well you can buy more gear as you need it.
While I was staying at the hospital and after my babies were born, the lactation department helped me pick out the best available breast pump provided through my insurance. They also measured me for a nursing bra and had bras to purchase. If these options are available to you, I recommend doing the same. You will need a breast pump and nursing bras, but I do not recommend including them on your baby registry.
(2) Breastfeeding Pillows – Get one double nursing pillow and one single nursing pillow, for single pillows I prefer the My Brest Friend pillow. Don’t forget to get a cover, if the pillow doesn’t come with one.
(1) Box of Breast Pads – I recommend the Lansinoh brand and starting with a box of 60.
You will need the items below, but I do not recommend registering for them. Instead, buy them after your babies are born and breastfeeding is going well.
(1) Breastfeeding Cover – I couldn’t really use this effectively until my babies were around 4-6 weeks old.
Bottles – the number of bottles you need might depend on if you are returning to work. There are 2 bottles that come with the breast pump. In addition, I recommend purchasing two of these bottle sets. The bottle set comes with the nipples you will need for feeding. If you will be pumping at work you should also get two of these cooler sets. For work, you will have 16 bottles in rotation (8 per day). If your babies take them, use the Medela bottles because all the parts match up with the Medela pump, which makes life much easier.
(1) Hands Free Pumping Bra – I recommend the Simple Wishes bra. I also have the Medela hands free bra, but the Simple Wishes is far superior. It’s especially worth the investment if you will be pumping a lot.
If you plan to bottle feed:
(6 – 8) 4 – 5 oz Bottles – I have used both Dr Brown’s and Philips Avent bottles. For ease with cleaning, I recommend Avent because it has less parts and did not leak from the nipple as much. However, it’s not always that easy, sometimes you might have to test different brands to see if your babies have a preference. If you only want to clean bottles once a day, you can get more bottles after you know which brand your babies do well with.
You will need the items below, but I do not recommend registering for them. Instead, buy them after your babies are born and you know which brand of bottles your babies like.
8-9 oz bottles
Nipples – Purchase the faster flowing nipples as needed. You will notice your babies wanting to drink faster, but not being able to. This is the cue for going up to the next level for nipple flow.
A tip for formula feeding. Register on the Similac and Enfamil websites for their rewards programs. You will get free formula samples before your babies are born. Then, you will continue to receive coupons throughout the year if you end up using one of these brands for formula.
Clean Up For Twins
(1) Baby Bath Tub – you don’t need anything fancy, but it’s very helpful to get a tub that has an infant insert.
(4) Baby Bath Towels – I like the hooded towels.
(4) Baby Washcloths (optional) – you can buy special baby sized washcloths if you want. You can also just use wash cloths you already own.
(1) Set of Baby Soap / Shampoo / Lotion – I have used Johnson & Johnson, Babyganics, and Aveeno. I like Aveeno the best, it cleans well and is very gentle on the skin. It takes a long time to get through a bottle, so it’s worth the extra cost.
(1) Bottle of Baby Friendly Laundry Detergent – I have always used Dreft because I love the smell and it cleans well. You can also get any brand of free and gentle detergent, which can be useful if you don’t want to keep track of different detergents for the adults and older kids.
(1) Spray Bottle of Laundry Stain Remover per changing area – This is an absolute must! OxiClean, Shout, Spray N Wash all work well. You do not need to purchase the baby friendly version for stain remover.
Clothes For Twins
You do not need to register for much clothing because you will receive a lot of clothes as gifts. You should also hit up friends and family who are looking to get rid of their baby clothes.
(2) going home from the hospital outfits – this is something you will pick out. I always opted for a sleeper, like this one. Zipper sleepers are much easier to use than the ones with buttons.
Buy additional clothing as you see fit, once you have received gifts and hand me downs.
Everything Else For Your Twin Baby Registry List
(1) Twin Z Pillow (optional, even if not breastfeeding) – This is a great pillow for your twins to just hang out in. They will have a blast chilling in the Twin Z pillow. It’s easily portable to bring to different rooms in the house. Just note that it is not intended to be used for sleeping.
(2) Jumpers (optional) – the twins played in these a lot, they loved it! It also lets you get some stuff done while your babies are 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.
(1) Play Mat (optional) – this is great for tummy time. You will get a lot of use out of a play mat during the first 6 months. Make sure you get a mat that is big enough to fit two babies.
(1) Thermometer – we have the Exergen temporal thermometer. It works well, it’s easy to use, and it doesn’t upset my kids.
(1) Medicine Kit – this is great to have on hand. Especially if it’s 3am, and your baby has been screaming for who knows how long.
(6) Pacifier Clips (optional) – we love to have a pacifier permanently clipped to the car seat, that way you never forget it when you go out.
(1) Nasal Aspirator – You will probably get 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 to the filter.
(1) Bumbo Seat (optional) – This is not a necessity, but all my kids really loved having a spot to sit up before they could do it on their own. I never found the tray to be useful, so don’t worry about getting that accessory.
(2) Car Seat Mirrors (optional) – just get them for the car you drive in most.
(4) Stroller and Car Seat Toys (optional) – These are good to have, but there is a very good chance you will receive a few of these as baby gifts. You can register for a couple, or just wait and see what you get.
Books (optional) – I do not recommend registering for any books. You will receive many books for gifts.
(1) Baby Carrier (optional) – No specific recommendation from me because I never used mine. Even though I did not find baby carrying useful, I know some moms that couldn’t live without it. If you think you will use it, then register for one. If you’re not sure, try to borrow one from a friend.
More Twin Baby Gear Registry Checklist Tips
I know making your twin baby registry can seem overwhelming and expensive. Reading through the above list is a lot to take in. As you create your twin registry, keep the following tips in mind too.
This was touched on above. But, a reminder that if you have two floors, have a changing area upstairs and a changing area downstairs. Also, have a hamper for upstairs and one for downstairs.
When it makes sense, buy gender neutral items. If you have more children, you will be able to reuse this gear.
Borrow baby gear from your family and friends.
If you have Once Upon a Child near you, they sell used baby items. It might be a good place to find something on the expensive side that you will not use for that long (like a swing).
Another place to look for used baby gear are Facebook swap sites. I bought my bumbo chair for $5 and our swing for $35. I even bought maternity clothes on a Facebook swap site.
Wow, That’s It!
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