Preparing for Twins

preparing for twins

Wow, you're having twins! Now what? Preparing for twins doesn't have to be complicated. And it's not a bad idea to start preparations in the early part of your twin pregnancy. You'll have a lot more energy to tackle projects, go shopping, interview pediatricians, and perhaps even put together some cribs for that twin nursery.

There is certainly going to be more gear needed for twins than singletons, as well as a bit more space. Making a list of the key items needed to prepare for your twins eventual arrival will help with setting a budget and keeping you on track with the essentials. As always, we've got you covered with the most important info, advice and tips! 

Tips and Advice on Preparing for Twins

The first thing you will need to think about is lifestyle. Will you have your twins in separate rooms or one room? Will you be nursing or bottle feeding? Cloth or disposable diapers? What type of double stroller will suit you? And, of course, finances! Answering these questions will give you a good outline to start with.

twins are expensive

Shopping for two can become costly. Keep in mind that there are many things your twins will NOT need or use when they are newborns. Obtaining these items later is a nice way to spread out the expense and the fuss. There are also several coupons and discounts for twins offered by different businesses and companies that are a great help for parents of multiples.

If you're on a tight budget or tight on space, you may want to forego two cribs or even a twin crib initially and just get one crib to share or two bassinets instead. Twins can sleep in bassinets until around 6 months or so. Not to mention, a bassinet can be moved from room to room with ease...A huge plus when you've got two babies! You won't have need of two highchairs for a while either, so if space and expense is an issue you can save a bit here. You may also want to check out secondhand shops and garage sales for some of the pricier items (check out our Budget Twin Nursery Guide). And don't forget your sister or friend who had a baby and needs to get rid of some stuff. If neither cost or space is an issue for you, happy shopping!

We cover many of these items in our helpful Twin Gear Guide, so be sure to check it out!

We also HIGHLY recommend getting some labels. You can order them personalized for your twins so you will always know who's stuff is whose. From labeling clothing to baby bottles, they can be an easy way to stay organized.

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Essentials Checklist to Prepare You For Newborn Twins

  • Twins Daily Schedule/Log Book
  • 1 or 2 Cribs or 2 bassinets
  • 2 car seats
  • Double stroller
  • 4-8 crib/bassinet sheets
  • 6-10 receiving blankets
  • 2-4 heavy blankets (for winter babies)
  • Diapers! (100 or so per week)
  • Cloth Diapers! (if you go this route, your local diaper service will let you know how many you will need)
  • 2-4 boxes of baby wipes
  • Twin diaper bag
  • 10-14 one-piece undershirts (a.k.a. "onesies")
  • 10-14 one piece pajamas and/or gowns
  • 4-8 pairs of socks/booties
  • 4-6 hats
  • 4-6 blanket sleepers (for winter babies)
  • Baby wash and baby lotion
  • 1-2 bath cushions or 1 portable tub
  • 4-8 washcloths and towels
  • Diaper rash ointment
  • 2 thermometers
  • 2 bulb syringes
  • Tylenol for infants
  • 6-14 bottles and nipples (if you will bottle feed)
  • 2-4 large cans of formula (approx. a can a week)
  • 1 bottle brush
  • 6-12 burp cloths
  • 4-8 bibs
  • Twin nursing pillow (great even for bottle feeding!)
  • Labels!

Be sure to let us know in the comments below any of your own tips or advice for preparing for twins...

If you have the above items on hand, you will be pretty well prepared for infant twins. You may be thinking that some of the amounts listed are over kill, but here's a thought...How often to you want to do laundry? When you have a good stock on hand to begin with, it means less time spent with the washing machine. Twins will go through twice the amount of blankets and onesies a lot faster than you think!

If it's within your budget and you have the space, you may also want to purchase a baby monitor, 1 or 2 baby swings and/or bouncer chairs, 1 or 2 changing tables (one for the nursery and/or one for the play or living area) and a good quality breast pump (if you will breastfeed your twins ). As mentioned earlier, lifestyle will play a role in deciding what items to obtain. So, use this list as your guideline when preparing for twins. Best of luck!

See our article on Bringing Twins Home From The Hospital Do You Have A Plan?

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