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The Ultimate Twin Essentials Handbook 0-6 Months

August 24, 2018 in Maternity, Motherhood, Uncategorized - No Comments - 8 min read
twin essentials, must have twin accessories

The Ultimate Twin Essentials Handbook 0-6 Months

August 24, 2018 in Maternity, Motherhood, Uncategorized - No Comments - 8 min read

The Ultimate Twin Essentials Handbook for  0-6 Months from Florida Motherhood blogger, Oh Happy Play! Check it out and see everything you need!

The Ultimate Twin Essentials Handbook 0-6 Months

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newborn photography Twins! You hear twins and your whole life changes. I get it! I have been there! Every parent who hears twins goes through three stages of reaction: SHOCK, excitement, then what the heck do I need and how will I survive!? Well I’ve got you covered and I am keeping this SIMPLE for you! Everything you need to survive the first 6 months with your twins is right here. I like to call this the ULTIMATE twin handbook for your babes first 0-6 months.


I went over a lot of my pre-baby choices in their nursery reveal found here but this is the after version! And you can read my whole twin birth story HERE!


Before the babies come:

twin ultrasound

  • READ Moms On Call. Just do it. I promise. Getting your twins on a schedule will make everyone in your household lives’ much more enjoyable. I can honestly say there has been minimal stress this first 6 months with the twins and I owe it all to this schedule. The predictability, the answered questions, the SLEEP is all something more than coincidence and luck. It was work and it was worth it! Purchase directly from the MOC website to ensure you get the latest version! Buy HERE. 

Breast or Bottle-Feeding? Just don’t stress about it!! I’m a firm believer in fed-is-best and you can disagree all you want because you’re preaching to the choir here. I am an AVID believer in breast milk/breastfeeding. There is no denying it’s the most natural choice. My two girls were exclusively breastfed, I get it. BUT I also am an avid believer in a mother’s mental health and the importance of NOT stressing about the small stuff. I wanted to breastfeed my twins, and I did, but when they started to seem unsatisfied I supplemented. End of story. They are happy and healthy and so full of love that I could just squeal. When it comes to twins you have to do what makes your life easier, in my little opinion.

Here are some items for both options:

  • I gave a run down on my breastfeeding tips HERE. You will see I don’t recommend the traditional nursing chair when it comes to twins but instead a whole nursing station for mama that is easy to recreate! 
  • Bottle/Formula Feeding:
    • When it comes to formula brands just choose one that works best for your family.  We use Earth’s Best Organics but have recently switched one baby to Elecare  (I have found it is cheaper to buy in bulk on Amazon HERE than individually) because he has shown signs of allergies (which would make him my 3rd child with allergies!)
      • Bottles: You may think I am crazy but my favorite bottles have been Gerber First Essentials Bottles.Yes, at only $5 for a 3-pack you can’t go wrong in trying them! One of my little guys had reflux and these worked just as well for him as some of the “fancier” options I tried! 
      • Baby Brezza Formula Pro: Twin parents, don’t let this price tag fool you, it’s so essential! This has really been one of my favorite products to use with the twins because it has made making bottles a lot quicker. Saving time is huge for me when I have 4 kids running around so I can’t recommend this enough! I WILL say this is a product that requires regular “upkeep/maintenance” in the fact that it does require regular cleanings and thorough understanding of the instructions. But follow them and you should be in business!
      • Feeding Seat: When it comes to bottle feeding two babies at once I highly suggest getting a seat like this Table For Two seat. It has made feeding both babies at once much easier!

twins nursery

Biggest piece of advice: Do everything together for those babies at the same time in those early days because it pays off in the long run. The whole don’t wake a sleeping baby DOES NOT exist when you have twins. When one baby wakes up to eat at night, you wake the other one up too. You feed them and change them together and lay them back down to sleep, I promise! If you don’t the second baby will likely wake up just as you lay back down to sleep yourself and that will really not be effective when it comes to getting the rest we need, especially in those early days.

twins on rug

What Do You Really Need Two Of!? Or Really

This is a lot of what I am glad I had two of!twins nursery

    • Cribs/Bassinets: I am a firm believer that each baby needs their own place to sleep. I am not bashing co-sleeping in any way I am just saying for my babies, they slept much better on their own and I feel like it helps them sleep better as well.
      • Cribs: We used two of these Serta Fremont 3-in-1 Convertible Cribs from Delta Children
      • Nook Breathable Mattresses: We LOVE our nook mattresses and you can read more about them in my nursery reveal post!
      • Bassinets: We used the SNOOs in the beginning and LOVED them but if you’re looking for a more budget friendly option I love just pack-n-play bassinets like these because you can use them as the babies grow as well. A LOT of twin moms recommend two rock-n-plays but I had a scary experience with them when my first was little so I don’t personally use or recommend them. This is totally your choice!
    • Swings: Two swings are crucial in my opinion! We used two 4Moms MamaRoos

 

  • Bouncers: Having two bouncers you can take around with you if you venture out to family/friends’ homes was huge for us. We used these Baby Bjorn bouncers and I loved how they folded flat and were easy to take with us places.

twins in bouncers

  • Fisher Price Sit Me Up Seat: These are my pick over bumbos any day of the week! You can use them earlier and for longer in my opinion and they are great for multi use! We have used to feed the boys, let them play with the neat attachment seen here as well as face each other so they can “chat.” We started using these about 3.5/4 months! This is THE ONE we have with the extra toy tray and I love them!! But they have a more SIMPLE version HERE.

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  • Standing Activity Center: I used the Skip Hop Explore and More Baby’s View 3-Stage Activity Center and I really loved having two of these because once they hit 4 months they could start stretching their legs and standing in these. Having two does take up some space but honestly they love being in them so having two was super helpful!

twins

Sleep essentials at home:

twins in swaddle

  • Swaddles: I used swaddles from day one! I started with the Ollie Baby swaddles (and used the Halo swaddles as my backups when needed) then moved on to ZipaDee Zips at 4 months (use code HAPPYZIPADEE for $5 off.) I would highly recommend both!
  • Sound Machine: We use this one and LOVE it! One feature I love is that it is both battery operated and wall so if the power flickers or turns off (summer storms!) the sound machine never wavers!

twins on blanket

Sleep essentials on the run (for those carseat naps!)

  • Portable sound machine – I love this one by SoundBub as it can be a bluetooth speaker and sound machine all in one!
  • Carseat Blankets: Buccio Baby made us ours and they make the boys comfy and familiar when it comes to napping on the go!
  • Pacifier Clips: We used these from Ryan & Rose to keep the boys’ pacifiers in reach when we needed them! Their motto is “Don’t lose it, cutie clip it!”

loading twins into minivan

Clothing:

Twins on play mat This one is hard because I tend to over buy clothes so I’m not sure I am really going to help much here other than a few pointers in the sleeping department!

  • Sleepers: I stayed strict with the amount of sleepers I bought and I stayed right at about 9 total. Just enough to get us through until the next laundry day. I bought these sleepers from Target and they were some of my favorites! They zip from bottom to top and were super convenient!
    • My other favorites were:
      • ErgoPouch Organic Sleepers: These were SUPER neat because they had “mitten” options for the hands but also the feet! These also zipped from top to bottom AND bottom to top! I probably would have just bought all of these had I not already had a supply of the others. I got the 0.2 Tog for our Florida weather.

 

Out And About With Babies:

The Ultimate Twin Essentials Handbook for  0-6 Months from Florida Motherhood blogger, Oh Happy Play! Check it out and see everything you need!

  • Everyday Stroller: Getting out with two babies is a whole thing (ha-ha) but I knew we needed a stroller that could work as a travel system too and that is why we decided on the Austlen Entourage Double Stroller and I am so glad we did! This seat is super versatile and easy to use. My middle daughter even rode underneath in the storage compartment sometimes (which is not its recommended use but it sure came in handy for this mama!) I even popped on the Beach Wheels Accessory to easily take our whole crew down to the beach! I am a huge lover of this stroller!! You can also buy the single version then add accessories as see fit!
  • Car Seats: Carrying TWO babies in infant seats is a full body workout so I was on the hunt for the lightest option and that brought me to Nuna. They have two versions: Nuna Pipa and Nuna Pipa Lite. I ultimately decided on the Nuna Pipa because I liked the privacy cover built in (super necessary for twin infants!) and the fact that you could install the carseat without the base if I ever needed to.)
  • Travel/Umbrella Stroller: I went with the UppaBaby G-LINK stroller for this because I love how lightweight and easy to use it is! They have little infant nets built in which I love for when the babies are small (and even now as a toy catcher!) This stroller has been used for my babies and my big girls and I really love it! I put it on my Buy Buy Baby Registry which you can read more about HERE (and wow look at that twin belly!)twin essentials, must have twin accessories
  • Baby Carrier: YES! You CAN carry two babies at once and I used the Weego Twin Carrier and LOVED it! I really had my doubts about how heavy two babies would be but this carrier supported my back and made carrying two at once a BREEZE. I highly recommend this carrier!
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New Years Eve Confetti Fun With Babies!

Did I forget anything?! Comment below and I will be happy to edit as we go!! I hope this helps all you twin mamas out there. Please just know this, for every “you’ll never sleep again” comment or how many people “bless you” as they pass by, know that these babies chose YOU and YOU will get to experience a miracle not everyone gets to experience: the magic of twins. You will sleep, you will function just fine and you WILL witness magic! Enjoy those babies! 

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Hello! Noelle here! I am the owner + creator of this blog. I am the wife to an amazing man and mother to 4 children under 5! Two incredible little girls who are 16 months apart and TWIN baby boys! They all keep me very busy to say the least but I have learned to embrace the chaos! They say children don’t allow you to be lazy and I couldn’t agree more! I love my family, decorating, being a total mamarazzi, shopping small, and writing. Here you will find everyday KIDspiration from kids play spaces to room décor, mom life and more. For more about this blog and me hit the “about me section” and keep reading! Welcome and I hope you enjoy what you see!

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