Last week, the twins turned one month old. I, obviously have been living in an infant time warp. The days are no longer separate chunks of time broken up by evenings of rest, but, more like one long day that is dominated by feedings, diaper changes and sporadic naps. Sprinkled with walks, dr. appointments, meals and an occasional glass of wine. The necessities, of course.
When the twins came home from the hospital, I quickly realized that carting two infants, room to room, was not going to be easy. So, hubby and I began to scope out our baby equipment. We did not need every swing, bouncy seat and baby chair setup right off the bat. So we began to pick and choose which pieces would be the most beneficial during this first month.
We experimented with a few key products and strategically placed them throughout the house to maximize our limited space, free up our hands and attempt to avoid looking like an extension of Babies R Us.
So, before I forget, and move on to concentrating on month two, I wanted to share the baby products and equipment that we couldn’t live without, this first month. I linked to the products that I personally use and love but you could switch it up based on your personal preferences!
YOUR BEDROOM and / or THE NURSERY
Twin Cradle or Bassinet
Our double cradle was handmade and given as a gift. It was built wide enough to fit the twins and it sits next to our bed. Its so easy to just roll over and pick up the babies to feed throughout the night. I love that they share the space because I feel like they are comforted by each other.
There are a lot of options out there for twin cradles and bedside bassinets. I definitely recommend going this route if your babies are going to take occupancy in your bedroom for the first few months.
The Twin Z Pillow & Cover
This pillow is obnoxiously large but it is amazing. It’s a nursing, feeding and twin support pillow. You can nurse two at the same time by lifting the center and utilizing it as a back rest or you can set each baby up in each pocket and bottle feed them. They can also just chill in the pockets and / or be setup to enjoy some tummy time. It takes up a lot of space but I love it.
|Double feeding in the Twin Z Pillow|
2, WubbaNub Pacifiers
Under supervision, these pacifiers take a little more effort to fall out of the babies mouth. Because of the cute doll at the end of the pacifier, they don’t pop out of the mouth as easily and roll away to never be found again.
Philips Avent Bpa Free Soothie Pacifier, 0-3 Months (or another pacifier of preference)
The Bedside Table Baby Station
I set what used to be my nightstand into a mini baby changing station. I found it difficult to move the babies to their nursery (or another room) every time they were going to eat in the night like I did with Big Sister. So, I put a receiving blanket on top of the night stand and layered it with a bottle warmer and the breast pump (hooked up and ready to go). The top drawer consists of infant diapers, wipes, diaper cream, spit up towels and extra pacifiers.
CHANGING TABLE & BEDTIME PREP
2, Miracle Blanket Baby Swaddles
There are a lot of swaddle choices out there, however, I swear by these. I have had good luck with Big Sister and now the twins.
|Miracle Blanket Baby Swaddles|
I love Boudreaux’s Butt Paste. At the first sign of diaper rash, I apply it and it begins to resolve after one application.
These are great to have around. They can be used as a burp cloth, blanket / swaddle, stroller blanket, nursing cover… I have two with me at all times.
The Graco Pack ‘N Play
We had a Pack ‘N Play available to us from our first. Graco now makes a Twin Bassinet Pack n’ Play that may be useful. I like laying the twins together vs. in their own bassinet so if you have a preference that would be the difference between the two.
Portable Changing Station
We hang this from our Pack ‘N Play. The Pack ‘N Play has side pockets that are fully stocked with diapers and wipes so we are not running up and down the stairs to the changing table on each change. Although, it would be great exercise for the postpartum body.
2, Fisher-Price Rock n’ Play Sleepers
These can travel all over your house. Living room, kitchen, back deck… Even to the beach and anywhere you may visit (friends and family’s homes)! Big Sister slept in hers every night, however, the twins are doing great laying flat on their backs so we didn’t need to bring out the big dog for bedtime.
|Fisher-Price Rock n’ Play Sleepers|
2, 4-11lb. Car Seats & Bases
Important Note: Twins have a tendency to be born prematurely and weigh less than the typical full-term baby. In our case, our twins went into the Special Care Nursery for 6 days. In order to leave the hospital, the twins were required to do a car seat test. We had previously purchased two car seats, however, did not realize that we would need to re-purchase two more that were for 4 pound babies and up. I did not realize that a majority of car seats were 5 pound and up. So we now have 4 car seats because we took the first ones out of the box, set them up and had them in the car ready to go.
You may want to consider purchasing (or at least opening) immediately after the babies are born so you know exactly what you need. This was never even a consideration for us when prepping our equipment so it was a huge (and expensive) learning curve.
BREAST & BOTTLE FEEDING
I use Medela bottles for no particular reason than I started with them with Big Sister. I really like them for this stage because they fit on the pump falanges and I like the fact that they are plastic and I can heat the bottles up in warm water without the milk seeping through like it does with the glass bottles.
80ml / 2.5 Ounce Bottles
These are great for the first 3-weeks to a month. Our twins slowly increased to 3 ounces of milk per serving so we gradually began using the 5 ounce bottles and filling it with 3 ounces of breast milk.
8 Ounce Bottles
As your milk supply increases you may want to use the 8 ounce bottles for pumping. That way you do not have to switch out bottles half-way through…
Similac Infant Nipples
Breastmilk Storage Bags
Hospital Grade Breast Pump
Important Note: Your insurance my cover a pump rental or purchase so be sure to look into that option before spending the money!
‘Nough. Said. Time it right and take a momma time out.
So, what were you’re favorite baby products and equipment? Leave it in the comments and share the wealth!