Having twins is a lifechanging moment. You’ve already prepared for the big moment. But are you really prepared? Today, we’re going to explain what you need to know about having twins – and how to prepare using our Preparing for Twins Checklist.
Make sure you have all of the following clothes and articles of clothing to prepare for your twins:
- 12 to 14 one piece under shirts
- 12 to 14 one piece sleeping outfits/gowns
- 8 to 12 pairs of socks or booties
- 6 to 8 sweaters or jackets (consider buying more for colder climates)
- 4 to 6 hats and mitts
Sleeping and Bedrooms
- 2 cribs or bassinets (unless your twins are sharing)
- 4 to 8 sheets
- 4 to 8 receiving blankets
- 2 to 4 heavier blankets for winter
- 1 baby monitor (or 2, if they’re not sharing a room)
- 1 humidifier (babies tend to have dry skin, so some doctors recommend using a humidifier, especially if you live in a dry climate)
- 2 to 4 sleeping bags
- 2 sets of sheet savers or mattress covers
- 1 night light
- A mobile or music player that can play sleepy music (some parents use a white noise machine)
- Nursery decorations
Feeding and Eating
- 1 twin nursing pillow
- 8 to 12 bottles (if you’re planning to bottle feed)
- 1 bottle sterilizer
- 2 to 4 cans of formula (if bottle feeding; remember, for twins, some mothers find their bodies just can’t produce enough milk for two babies, so you often need to supplement with formula or start using it exclusively)
- 8 to 10 burp cloths
- 1 bottle brush
- 6 to 8 bibs
- 1 double breast pump and accessories
- 1 bottle warmer
- 6 to 8 pacifiers
- 2 high chairs
Bathing and Washing
- 1 baby bath and/or bath supports for your tub/basin/sink
- 4 to 6 bath towels
- 4 to 6 washcloths
- 1 container of baby wash
- 1 container of baby lotion
- 1 pack of cotton swabs
- 1 baby hair brush
Changing and Diapers
- Approximately 100 to 150 diaper per week (disposable)
- 2 to 4 packs of baby wipes
- 2 jar of diaper rash ointment
- 1 changing table or changing mat
- 2 infant car seats
- 1 double stroller (or 2 separate strollers, if you’re planning to always go out with your partner/friends/family)
- 1 diaper bag
Baby Care and Health Care
- 1 baby thermometer
- 1 set of nail clippers and scissors
- 1 medicine dropper or syringe
- 1 set of Infants Tylenol (for fevers)
- 2 baby bouncers or baby swings
- 1 play mat or gym
Other Items to Consider
- 2 bottles of vitamin D supplements (talk to your doctor; not all babies require vitamin D supplements, but some doctors recommend using vitamin D supplements for breastfed babies; formula fed babies don’t need one because most formulas contain the right amount of vitamin D)
- Childcare arrangements, especially if you live in a country without parental leave and you need to go back to work quickly after giving birth
- Doctors’ visits and immunizations, if necessary, including booking any required appointments in advance, or finding a pediatrician if you’re living in a new city
- 1 Diary: Some parents use this to track the daily life of parenting. You can look back at it when you’re older, or give it to your kid as a keepsake.
- Baby Books: You can find thousands of baby books for sale on Amazon or at any bookstore.
- Cameras: Whether you’re taking photos on your phone or on a camera, make sure you have plenty of ways to capture your memories.
- Newspaper from Birthday: Some families use this as a memento. It’s a cool way to remember what the world was like on your kid’s date of birth.
Double Up On (Almost) Everything
Ultimately, the “Preparing for Twins” checklist is similar to an ordinary baby checklist – you just double pretty much everything on the list.
However, you don’t need to double everything. As the parents of twins, you’ll want to reduce costs wherever possible, and that means avoiding buying two items when you only need one.
But You Can Get By With One of Some Things
Some of the items where you can just buy one include a stroller (buy a good double stroller), a bath (when your kids are old enough to bathe together, they’ll be able to use a normal bathtub), a swing (you can rock one baby while letting the other relax in the swing), a changing table (even super-parents won’t be able to change two diapers at once), a portable crib (they may be able to share a crib when traveling), and a diaper pail (just because you’re cleaning twice as many diapers doesn’t mean you need two diaper pails).
By following the checklist above, you can make sure your life is as easy as possible – although certainly not easy – over the coming months.
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