Essential Baby Gear for Raising Twins
Two Car Seats
It’s probably a no-brainer, but if you want to leave the hospital with both your precious newborns, you’re going to need one car seat per baby. Not all car seats are designed for small babies, so always check the minimum weight requirement. Look for other features such as ease of installation, adaptability to travel systems, and simplicity to clean.
We Suggest: Chicco KeyFit 30 Zip Infant Car Seat
A top-rated seat, this infant car seat fits infants from 4 to 30 pounds and up to 30 inches. The seat itself weighs just 10 pounds—something you’ll appreciate as you’re toting two baby-filled car seats, as well as supplies. $230.
Whether you’re going for a stroll around the neighborhood or running errands, a double stroller will come in handy. There are plenty of options for every budget, starting with a simple double stroller frame that will be compact and lightweight for the infant stages. But if your budget allows it, consider investing in a stroller that will grow with your kiddos.
We Suggest: Mountain Buggy Duet Double Stroller
This compact side-by-side stroller will grow with your babies, supporting up to 40 pounds per seat and allows you to fit through doorways with ease at only 25 inches wide—about the same width as most single strollers. For infants, use adaptors (sold separately) to clip on your car seats. $650.
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Your twins may prefer sleeping together at first, but eventually you will need two cribs. Look for cribs that will grow with your children—adjustable mattress height and optional toddler bed conversion kits will make your crib last a little longer.
We Suggest: Emerson Convertible Crib
Give your nursery a classic look with the simple lines in this convertible crib. Made from solid pine and available in painted white or gray, this crib will grow with your little ones. Available with an optional toddler bed conversion kit, this crib is sure to be home to lots of dreamy sleep-filled moments. $399.
Two Bouncer Seats
You’re not going to be able to hold your little ones 24/7. Give your arms a break and let your babies enjoy some time alone in a bouncer seat. You’ll need one seat per baby, but before you break open both boxes, make sure to test out just one seat at a time. Not all babies like the motion of bouncer seats, so try each individually before you recycle the boxes.
We Suggest: Infant 4moms Classic MamaRoo Bouncer Seat
This is the crème de la crème of bouncer seats. With five movement settings at variable speeds, five standard sounds with the option to use your own music (all controlled from your smart phone), and an adjustable seat recline, your babies (5 to 25 pounds) will relax from the swaying and rocking of this seat. *shown in Grey, $175.
One Portable Playard
Whether you’re traveling or just need a temporary bassinet, a playard is a must. Many playards come with optional basinets, changing tables, and mobiles, allowing you a customizable experience. As your babies grow, the unit transitions into a playard—at which point it might be more convenient to have one per baby.
We Suggest: Graco Twins Bassinet Pack 'n Play Playard
For babies under 15 pounds, this twins bassinet is a lifesaver. Wheels make moving the unit easier, while the cozy quilted bassinets with removable canopies make naptime last a little longer. $204.
Some parents are naturally equipped to swaddle their babies perfectly every time. If your talents lie elsewhere, invest in a few swaddles. Available with a number of ways to secure—Velcro, flaps to wrap, or zipper closures—as well as options to grow with your babies (like removable arms), until your baby can roll over, swaddles may be the key to a full night’s sleep.
We Suggest: Woombie Love You Air Swaddle
Make swaddling as easy as zipping a zipper. The stretchy fabric (shown in grey) with vented panel allows air to pass through and provides room for baby’s arms and hips to move—all while feeling the comfort of being snuggled. $25.
One Diaper Bag
You won’t leave home without a diaper bag for the next couple of years. Since you’re packing doubles of everything, look for a bag with lots of pockets to help you stay organized. Other features to consider—the fabric and straps. Make sure you and your partner agree on the fabric (check to make sure it’s machine washable) and can both comfortably tote the bag (look for adjustable straps).
We Suggest: Ju-Ju-Be Legacy BFF Diaper Bag
Take it all with you in this bag. With oodles of interior pockets to stash extra diapers, wipes, clothes, plus two exterior insulated bottle pockets and a memory-foam changing pad, you’ll have room for all the essentials. Carry this bag with the shoulder or backpack straps, or tote it along with the convenient handle. $180.
One Video Monitor
Since you’ve got two babies, you’ll need two cameras once they start sleeping in separate cribs. Look for video monitors with night vision, temperature sensors, and encrypted signals. Some video monitors allow you to easily access the feed from your smart phone, while others have specific monitors. If communicating to your little ones is a priority, opt for a model that lets you talk and listen from another room.
We Suggest: Levana Shiloh Video Baby Monitor
Feel like you’re in the nursery—even when you’re not. With the option to view up to four camera feeds on the monitor, this high-definition camera gives you peace of mind knowing your little one is sleeping soundly. The temperature sensor, feeding timer, night vision, and two-way communication make feeling connected a little easier. $180.
A baby carrier will be a lifesaver as you navigate your new world with twins. When your little ones are still in the newborn era, skin-to-skin contact is recommended. As they grow, though, you’ll want to adjust your carrier. Choose a carrier based on the wearer—which means you may need a different one for you and your spouse. Twin carriers will allow you to carry both bundles of joy at once.
We Suggest: Nuroo Pocket
Baby wearing has come a long way in the last few years. If you’ve got a tiny set of twins—total combined weight up to 45 pounds—this baby-wearing shirt will be your new BFF. Only wear it while sitting for hours of skin-to-skin snuggles. $60.