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While in the back of my mind (despite what I may have said on social media) I always figured I’d have a third child, let me assure you that not ever in my wildest dreams did I imagine my third pregnancy would be a TWIN pregnancy. I kept some gear from my daughter to use with the hypothetical, maybe-yes-maybe-no sibling, but my husband (the child of a pack rat) detests keeping too much stuff, so I knew I’d have to start from scratch for some items if baby three came to fruition (fertilization?).
With somewhere between two weeks and two months before my twin boys make their appearance, I’m almost done gearing up for their arrival. I get really stressed out by things not being ready, so if you’re not as “ready” as me and you’re due soon, don’t worry, you’ll be fine. This is just the way I function.
Most of the gear featured here will be reviewed once I’ve had a chance to test it out. Some of it is stuff I used with my middle child (does she still get to be “middle” if she is technically number 2 of 4?) and already reviewed.
Sleeping and Relaxing
This Canadian product helps parents maximize skin-to-skin time. Note that it is not a baby carrier. It is a snug, stretchy wrap that goes around your chest to snuggle baby to you while you are seated. I expect my babes to be quite small, and they also run the risk of being premature. I expect the SleepBelt will allow me to snuggle them in my hospital bed hands-free, and Papa can use it too!
Baby Box University offers a free baby box to expectant parents across Canada. (Availability in Quebec is limited, but improving.) This box comes with a mattress, so it doubles as a safe sleep space. The box also comes with some samples. Ours came with some disposable diapers, creams and nursing pads. (And yes, if you are having twins, you can have two!) I may use our Baby Boxes as portable sleep spaces around the house (don’t carry baby around in the box!), or even next to our bed. I’ll let you know what we do once I figure out twin sleep …
I have owned two cribs in my lifetime (unless you count my own crib … which technically belonged to my parents). My children have slept perhaps two full nights (combined) in those two cribs. With my son and my daughter, their cribs were more for storage (of outgrown clothes or of cats) than for sleeping. I’ve written a lot about co-sleeping, so it may not surprise you that I did not get cribs for the twins. Honestly, we do not even have the physical space in our house for two cribs, with only a master bedroom and a small kids’ bedroom upstairs. Double-decker cribs do exist, by the way, but they seem rather impractical.
The Joovy Room2 seems like the perfect solution for space-challenged twin parents, and it will be useful longer than the twin bassinets on the market (which are also pricier). The upper, “nursery” portion can hold two babies up to 15 lb each, and the detachable change pad can hold up to 25 lb. The divider down the centre of the nursery can be removed so babes can snuggle! Once they outgrow the upper portion, they have almost 10 square feet of play space using the Room2 as a playpen. And obviously, they can also continue sleeping in it.
The Room2 folds up for travel or storage and retails for about CAN$300 if you purchase both the play pen and the nursery portion.
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It’s supposed to be a magical mat that soothes newborns to sleep by mimicking the sounds and movement of the womb. Given that I will have two babies to soothe, I am curious to see if the Tranquilo Mat helps me be in two places at once. Jaclyn at Diaper Drawer really wanted me to try it, as did its creators who contacted me late last year. I am definitely curious, and I bet you are too!
bblüv – Viziö – Digital Video Baby Monitor
With my firstborn we lived in a 2-bedroom condo, and we didn’t need a monitor. He was never very far from our sight. With three floors in our townhouse, a video monitor is a must. The Viziö can even be expanded up to 4 cameras. I’ve already set it up in our room so I can see Miss Cub (not) sleeping, and she is loving the lullabies. Also, it took about 30 seconds to set it up and learn how to work it.
I do not want to return to life before Peapod Mats. I’ve never used them from birth, but man am I going to this time around! When I lie down to nurse, I leave a puddle on the bed. Sometimes babies have explosive poops or massive spit-ups in the middle of the night. We now own four Peapod mats, and I aim to up that to a total of six for maximum efficiency. These non-slip, waterproof mats are going to save me stripping the bed … which is one my least favourite things to do.
Bouncy chairs are kind of a must—I think of them as an integral part of my “where to park baby while I need my arms free” arsenal. I bought two bouncers off of Kijiji.
Chicco KeyFit 30 Car Seats
In a recent post about how to choose and install baby’s first car seat, I confess to not using either of my children’s first car seats correctly. I wanted Chicco KeyFits for the twins because these seats are oft recommended by Child Passenger Safety Technicians (CPSTs). I installed one during my CPST training course and it was like … soooo … that’s it?! The seat is also known to fit small babies well, and since my twins are likely to be wee, this is a priority!
Valco Baby Tri Mode X Duo
I am so psyched to take the boys out for their first spin in our new double stroller! Valco’s seats recline fully, so they can be used from birth. I’ve take Miss Cub and her doll out for a spin and it’s a really smooth ride. It’s also easy to fold and super stylish. This stroller’s going to put on a lot of kilometres walking big brother to his bus stop and exploring our favourite trails in Canmore.
The Joovy Twinroo is a double car seat carrier that is not currently available in Canada. I ordered it on Amazon.com and had it shipped to a pick-up point near the Washington/BC border so my parents could pick it up for me. Then, my uncle shipped it to me in Calgary because his business does lots of cross-Canada shipping. I order the adapters for our Chicco seats directly from Joovy. I wish this stroller were available in Canada, even if just by special order through a Joovy retailer. There is nothing on the market that compares!
Comfy Joey Slings
Babywearing educators I know have suggested using either two slings or a sling and a stretchy wrap to tandem-wear my twins on my front. While I did try a sling with Miss Cub, it was only when she was a toddler. I am psyched to try a sling with my newborns. My two Comfy Joey slings are in our wedding colours.
Human + Mother Baby Wrap
I don’t have words to express how soft the eco-friendly Lenzing Modal fabric of this wrap is. I am eager to snuggle one of the boys up in it, and used in conjunction with a sling, I’ll even be able to wear them both at once. For every wrap purchased, Human + Mother donates $3 to help reduce infant and maternal mortality worldwide.
Infantino Together Pull-On Knit Carrier
I’m not very familiar with Infantino products, but this affordable stretchy wrap-style carrier seems like a very promising carrier for newborns!
I will also be using soft-structured carriers with the twins when they’re bigger and we are more “on the move.” I have purchased (for research purposes, of course) a Tula Free-to-Grow and a Lenny Lamb Up. I dislike using infant inserts with buckle carriers; these two carriers narrow at the base to accommodate small babies without an insert. My Huggaloops will be a staple, and I would like to get a bit more use out of my woven wrap!
Jujube BFF Diaper Bag
I’m hoping this backpack-style diaper bag—which I loved for Miss Cub—will be enough for twins! Miss Cub doesn’t usually need a diaper change when we’re out, although when potty training time comes I’ll need to pack some supplies. I may need a bigger bag, folks.
Bath Time & More
Stokke Flexi Bath
This tub is one of the holdovers from Miss Cub’s babyhood. Best baby tub ever! I wish I’d had it from the start. This tub folds down so it takes up no room in the bathroom. We used it with the infant support until she could sit on her own, and once she moved into the regular bathtub we used it outside in the summer for splashing. It also makes a great laundry tub! You can read my full review here.
Öko Creations Hooded Bath Towels
The only baby bath towel you’ll ever need. It might be the right size for a baby, but I could easily dry myself with it. I had one for review for Miss Cub and bought a second one, so I’ll have one for each twin. The organic cotton is thick, absorbent and durable, and I don’t even bother buying any other towels since these are the only ones we need!
bblüv – Rinö Battery-operated Nasal Aspirator
With my first, I had one of those aspirators that you squeeze. I could never get the right amount of suction. For my second, I had the kind where you get the pleasure of sucking the snot (obviously with a filter—snot doesn’t get in your mouth!). For my third and fourth, I am eager to try what seems like the easiest solution … battery-powered, gentle, continuous suction.
bblüv – Kilö – Digital Baby Scale
There was a public health clinic with a self-serve baby scale two blocks from my house when my son was a baby. When we didn’t have anything else to do we could stroll on up to make sure he was gaining weight properly. With my twins likely to be a much lower birthweight than their siblings, I love the idea of being able to monitor their growth from the comfort of home. Plus, knowing their weight will really help with my cloth diaper reviews!
TwinZ Nursing Pillow
When I asked my followers for a twin breastfeeding pillow recommendation, support for the TwinZ was overwhelming! Now that it’s arrived, I’m already enjoying its support. (I am sitting in it as I type, in fact.) The back support is epic, and the fact that it comes with a waterproof cover is … genius.
My Brest Friend Twin Breastfeeding Pillow
The other pillow my followers recommended was the My Brest Friend. The design is quite different from the TwinZ, so I look forward to letting you know about the pros and cons of both. I love how this one has a spot for my water bottle … I get SO thirsty while nursing!
I don’t know how much I’ll be pumping. I am signing up again to be a milk donor with Northern Star Mothers Milk Bank just in case I do pump and have extra. My son and daughter were not fans of pumped milk in a bottle, so we will see how the twins do. I would really like to make at least one milk donation, and the easiest and quietest and most convenient way to do that will be with my Medela Freestyle!
With Miss Cub I used a Milkies Milk Saver to catch milk leaking out one side while she would nurse on the other. Granted I may always have someone attached to each boob … in case I don’t, this time I’m going to use my Haakaa Pump. I will also use it to relieve pressure on the off-chance I get to leave the house without my babies.
Note that this is not an exhaustive list of the newborn cloth diapers in my stash. To see the reviews I did on Miss Cub, click here. I have a lot of diapers, it’s the nature of the job. Once I’ve gotten some experience under my belt using cloth diapers on twins, I’ll write a post about the essentials: how many diapers you need, which diapers work best for smaller birth-weight babies, etc.
Bummis Preemie Prefolds & Covers
Before I became a cloth-diaper blogger, I was a newbie mom who was committed to using cloth diapers. Cub’s first cloth diaper on the bum was a Bummis prefold and cover. He was a 90th percentile baby—he had outgrown newborn covers and prefolds by just three weeks. I expect my twins will not be quite so ginormous … in fact, I’m thinking our newborn Bummis covers and prefolds may be one of the only options that fit at all for the first few weeks!
Funky Fluff Newborn Diapers
I have heard great things from fans who have already had a chance to try Funky Fluff’s newborn diapers. I have a feeling we are going to love them. The absorbency should be ample (my main complaint with most newborn diapers we’ve tested is not enough absorbency), and the fit should be adorable.
When I reviewed Nuggles Bittees All-in-One (AIO) newborn diapers last time around, I observed that they were nice and tiny for small babies. Since the twins will be small, I will get to see if I was right. I also really loved the Tuck-Wrap-Go cover we had—it fit Miss Cub till she was almost a year old! Nuggles is sending me two Newborn Starter Kits. Each kit includes supplies for seven diaper changes:
3 Tuck-Wrap-Go Covers (Size 1, 6-20 lbs)
3 Daytime Bamboo Prefold Inserts (Size 1)
1 Nighttime Bamboo Prefold Insert (Size 1)
3 Bittees Newborn AIOs
3 Signature Stay Dry Bamboo Boosters
1 On-the-Go Wet/dry Bag
Humbird Fitteds & Wool Longies
For an overnight solution, I’ll be testing out Humbird’s newborn fitted diapers and ADORABLE, very hipster-like wool longies. I plan to use the longies over a variety of fitteds, not just Humbird.
Les produits de MaYa
The only way to clean newborn bums is with Les produits de MaYa liniment. Trust me: once you try it, you’ll never want to use anything else. Heck, I use it on myself, too!
Two Change Stations
As with my daughter, I will set up two changing stations: one upstairs in our bedroom and one on the main floor in our powder room. I don’t recommend buying actual changing tables. I recommend using furniture you already have or furniture that will later serve other purposes. We use our IKEA Hemnes dresser in our bedroom and an IKEA Kallax unit in our bathroom, plus a change pad. I use Funky Fluff Hanging Pails to collect dirty diapers and wipes.
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What was your must-have newborn gear?