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post #1 of 25
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My friends are starting to ask me questions about what I need for baby shower and they have also asked me about cribs, play pen (play yard) , high seat, car seat, stroller, and etc.

I told them that I still need to ask around because I'm basically clueless when it comes to having two babies at the same time. I have told them that my twins will be sharing a crib and the playpen (play yard) since I've already asked about this before.

I still do wonder about the highchair, should the girls have an individual high chair? Individual bouncers? Individual baby swinging set? Individual on the floor play mat?

I thought maybe they should have their own high chairs but they could take turn on the bouncers, baby swinging and the on the floor play mat gym kind of thing.


I also have seen so many mothers out there lately that wear slings of their infant and I really love that idea but is there a such thing that can carry twins? Or, is it possible for each girls to have their own sling and me carrying them both at the same time while I do errands or cleaning around the house? I'm just trying to figure out how it can be done.

I tried looking for nursery pillow via www.babiesrus.com and I couldn't figure out which pillows will work great while breastfeeding the twins.

What breastfeeding pump/machine would you suggest that I should buy. I did have one before and I forgot what it was called but I stopped breast feeding after two weeks when I started on post partrum anti depressant so I gave it away. I am not comfortable of renting the breast pump/machine from the hospital because if I break it somehow, I'll still have to pay for it?

I tried looking for some sort of tent that would cover the crib to keep my cats out but I couldn't find them online or at the store because I don't know what its called. Do any of you know what its called or know where to find them online and link it to me so I could add it on my registry.

What are pros/cons of having cloth diapers? How do you wash it and how soon should you wash it? How many should we stack up of those cloths?

Any other important item that you believe would be beneficial to my twins, please suggest it.

I have registered for a lot of stuff at Target and I registered stroller for twins, car seats and few item with babies r us.

Thanks

post #2 of 25
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Originally Posted by VroomieMama View Post

I still do wonder about the highchair, should the girls have an individual high chair? Individual bouncers? Individual baby swinging set? Individual on the floor play mat?

I thought maybe they should have their own high chairs but they could take turn on the bouncers, baby swinging and the on the floor play mat gym kind of thing.

I tried looking for nursery pillow via www.babiesrus.com and I couldn't figure out which pillows will work great while breastfeeding the twins.


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Yes, you will need two highchairs. It will be easier for you to feed them both at the same time (and they'll probably get hungry at the same time once they really start eating meals). We had one regular swing, a cheap travel swing, one bouncy seat, one mat/play gym thing. You just don't know if a baby will like bouncy seat or swing. My dd liked neither. Ds loved them. So maybe just register for one of each and hope you get a few gift cards in case you end up needing two. Both of them can lay under the mobile on the play mat.
I think the nursing pillow you are looking for is the "ez 2 nurse". I did not see it on bru website. However, some mamas swear by them, I had more luck with using regular bed pillows for tandem at that age. I did have a regular boppy I used every now and then.

Hopefully someone will chime in on the pump and slings. I love my mei tai, but was only successful on carrying them both at the same time (mei tai and ring sling) a few times. I was on WIC when I was pregnant and they offered the Medela Pump n Style for a discounted price which is why I chose that pump. I don't have any problems with it but can only compare it to the one at the hospital. I don't remember what the tent is called either but I know bru has it. There are some antidepressants you can take while bf. Check the ppd forum for more info, though hopefully you won't need it.
post #3 of 25
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Originally Posted by esaesa View Post
Yes, you will need two highchairs. It will be easier for you to feed them both at the same time (and they'll probably get hungry at the same time once they really start eating meals). We had one regular swing, a cheap travel swing, one bouncy seat, one mat/play gym thing. You just don't know if a baby will like bouncy seat or swing. My dd liked neither. Ds loved them. So maybe just register for one of each and hope you get a few gift cards in case you end up needing two. Both of them can lay under the mobile on the play mat.
I think the nursing pillow you are looking for is the "ez 2 nurse". I did not see it on bru website. However, some mamas swear by them, I had more luck with using regular bed pillows for tandem at that age. I did have a regular boppy I used every now and then.

Hopefully someone will chime in on the pump and slings. I love my mei tai, but was only successful on carrying them both at the same time (mei tai and ring sling) a few times. I was on WIC when I was pregnant and they offered the Medela Pump n Style for a discounted price which is why I chose that pump. I don't have any problems with it but can only compare it to the one at the hospital. I don't remember what the tent is called either but I know bru has it. There are some antidepressants you can take while bf. Check the ppd forum for more info, though hopefully you won't need it.

Will look into mei tai thingy and few other item you suggested. I'm so glad that there are antidepressant that I can take while breastfeeding and I definitely will take a look at PPD forum. I didn't know that there is one! I'm so glad you mentioned it although I hope I won't need it.
post #4 of 25
Congrats on your twins.

For my twins, we had one pack-n-play, which was in our room as the place they slept, and one crib, which wasn't used until they were a few months old, and then only part of the night. We had one swing, and one bouncy seat. We had one play mat. I found that we didn't need a second crib until they were crawling.

I had a EZ2Nurse twin nursing pillow. It was they very best thing we purchased for the twins. It made nursing two so much easier, and we used it for many other things as the boys grew.

I used a medela Pump in Style breast pump, and found that if I pumped after most feedings, I was able to build up a great supply and a sizable freezer stash. For me, success with breastfeeding depended upon determination-- offer the breast even if I thought I'd just nursed, and believe that I could make enough for two. If my husband offered a bottle of expressed milk to one, I pumped, so that my body would have the stimulation to make more milk.

We needed two high chairs. But, that's something that can wait until later if you don't get them as a shower present.

As for a sling, I never could wear both at the same time, but I've heard of people who could. I used a New Native Baby Carrier.

Good Luck
post #5 of 25
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Originally Posted by Red Pajama View Post
Congrats on your twins.

For my twins, we had one pack-n-play, which was in our room as the place they slept, and one crib, which wasn't used until they were a few months old, and then only part of the night. We had one swing, and one bouncy seat. We had one play mat. I found that we didn't need a second crib until they were crawling.

I had a EZ2Nurse twin nursing pillow. It was they very best thing we purchased for the twins. It made nursing two so much easier, and we used it for many other things as the boys grew.

I used a medela Pump in Style breast pump, and found that if I pumped after most feedings, I was able to build up a great supply and a sizable freezer stash. For me, success with breastfeeding depended upon determination-- offer the breast even if I thought I'd just nursed, and believe that I could make enough for two. If my husband offered a bottle of expressed milk to one, I pumped, so that my body would have the stimulation to make more milk.

We needed two high chairs. But, that's something that can wait until later if you don't get them as a shower present.

As for a sling, I never could wear both at the same time, but I've heard of people who could. I used a New Native Baby Carrier.

Good Luck

Thanks for the good luck... I couldn't find Ez2nurse on babiesrus.com and I even typed that on the search box but the search returned no item found.
post #6 of 25
Here is the pillow to give you an idea.
http://www.amazon.com/Nurse-Plus-Twi...3195983&sr=8-2

Don't think bru has this, but if you can get a copy of this book, it will help you with bf. http://www.amazon.com/Mothering-Mult...3196091&sr=1-1
post #7 of 25
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Originally Posted by esaesa View Post
Here is the pillow to give you an idea.
http://www.amazon.com/Nurse-Plus-Twi...3195983&sr=8-2

Don't think bru has this, but if you can get a copy of this book, it will help you with bf. http://www.amazon.com/Mothering-Mult...3196091&sr=1-1

Thanks! Saw both links and will check to see if BRU has them.. if not, ordering on amazon.com will do.
post #8 of 25
I'm not sure where I found it, but when I was doing my own search for cloth diapers I came upon a formula for figuring out how many you will need.
One baby will go through about 12 a day in the beginning, so multiply that by 2 and you have 24 in a day. Then figure out how often you will do laundry, every 2 days, every 3 days. Assuming you do laundry every 3 days (and if you're like me, you can say that all you want but it will never happen : )Take 3 and multiply by 24 and you get 72. Now add some more for the days you need more and the days you wait until 10pm to do laundry and just for the sake of having more and you get to 80-90 diapers. Personally, I would lean towards 90 but that's me. That really seems like a lot of diapers, but if you get enough people to order you some, you'll get enough. A site I found that has absolutely everything you could ever need for cloth diapers (and nursing too! teas to produce more, a nursing pillow for twins) is www.cottonbabies.com You can also do a registry with them and give everyone the site so they know exactly what to get you. That's what I did at least, so maybe it will work for you. They even have orthodonic pacifiers if you choose to use them, and teethers too, all BPA free!
With the cloths, I just rinse them out with water before I do laundry. If the poop is really in bedded in there (like when she poops in her sleep or in her car seat) then I get off what I can and just put it under the faucet until the poop comes off and goes down the drain. It's a bath tub, so who cares. I'm also really insane about cleaning the tub before I get in it (another annoying habit I picked up during pregnancy) so that's not really an issue for me.
A word of advice about the cloth. After a while I noticed my LO had a bit of rash. Actually it was really bad and the sores were blood red and some of them were actually bleeding (all this over night, bc I didn't notice it when I put her to bed) and I discovered that the rash was most likely from yeast on her diapers. Apparently, you should either soak them in vinegar before you wash them or - if you are able - put a tablesoon or sometime of vinegar in the spin cycle of your washing machine to kill the yeast.
If you are doing the cloth for the environmental aspect and not the cost aspect, there are these amazing diapers called G diapers. They are cloth diapers that hold a lining which is disposable. It bio-degrades in 50-150 days so you can throw it away or compost it or - and this is the best part - flush it down the toilet! For me, they are great while traveling. If you are making a trip and don't want to deal with the carting the dirty diapers around for a day or two, these can just be flushed. No muss, no fuss.
Oh, I would suggest getting a sort of tote bag or making a large bag to put the diapers in as a laundry bag or something. This way you can put them in while their wet (from baby pee and/or you rinsing them out) and not worry about leaving them in the the tub or in a basket or something. Then you can wash the diapers and the bag all at the same time. That website sells them, but if you are able to work a sewing machine, then just make one yourself - if you have the time that is.

As some one else said with the high chair deal, you can definitely wait, especially if you are planning on delaying solids. I have a four month old and we still don't have a high chair. And if it's a possibility for you, borrow one from a family member or friend. I got two swings from my cousins and they're great. One is a traditional swing that just sits in the room, but the other is portable and folds up and everything - great for traveling.

I use the Evenflo pump and it works rather well. When it just runs on batteries it doesn't do as great a job as it does when its plugged into the wall, but it's definitely great to have when we're driving the 45 mins home from a friends house and my boobs need pumping NOW

Anyhow, I hope that rambling wasn't too long. Congrats on your twins!! (and since I can't find a jealousy face I'll use this one : because I am extremely jealous of you I want twins)
Congrats again!! Good Luck!!
post #9 of 25
Hi,
How exciting to be planning for the arrival of your twins! If you need to start from scratch in the high chair department, I highly recommend a twin feeding table like this:
http://www.twinstuff.com/store/catal...roducts_id=254

They are expensive, but we have been so happy with it. It takes up about as much space as two high chairs, but it's easier to clean. I got it when my twins were just sitting up (about 5 months), and it gave us another safe and fun place to let them sit and play with toys until we started solids. It's a high chair and activity table, and they can share the finger foods you give them too. Love it.

As far as baby carriers, we do the Mei Tei/Ergo baby carrier combo to carry both at once. Not as great with newborns, but it works when they get older. A local store here called Mom and Pop Place (www.momandpopplace.com) sells all the popular ones (Ergo, Mei Tei, Moby, Maya, Hotsling, etc), and they will ship it free to you.

I can't recommend the Mothering Multiples book enough! Invaluable to me since my pregnancy up until today.

Good luck!
post #10 of 25
Congrats!!
When I was a nanny for nb twins I wore them both for about the 1st month in a ring sling together. It wasn't great for my body, but the babies were happy. I didn't know about wraps then. I'm so glad I've found them regardless of whether or not I have twins...
Different stretchy wraps have carries for twins like Moby http://www.mobywrap.com/t-instructions.aspx , and others or as the PP said one on front and one on back in 2 different carriers.
You might visit the babywearing forum here at MDC for more twin babywearing ideas.
Good Luck!
post #11 of 25
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Originally Posted by caro113 View Post
I'm not sure where I found it, but when I was doing my own search for cloth diapers I came upon a formula for figuring out how many you will need.
One baby will go through about 12 a day in the beginning, so multiply that by 2 and you have 24 in a day. Then figure out how often you will do laundry, every 2 days, every 3 days. Assuming you do laundry every 3 days (and if you're like me, you can say that all you want but it will never happen : )Take 3 and multiply by 24 and you get 72. Now add some more for the days you need more and the days you wait until 10pm to do laundry and just for the sake of having more and you get to 80-90 diapers. Personally, I would lean towards 90 but that's me. That really seems like a lot of diapers, but if you get enough people to order you some, you'll get enough. A site I found that has absolutely everything you could ever need for cloth diapers (and nursing too! teas to produce more, a nursing pillow for twins) is www.cottonbabies.com You can also do a registry with them and give everyone the site so they know exactly what to get you. That's what I did at least, so maybe it will work for you. They even have orthodonic pacifiers if you choose to use them, and teethers too, all BPA free!
With the cloths, I just rinse them out with water before I do laundry. If the poop is really in bedded in there (like when she poops in her sleep or in her car seat) then I get off what I can and just put it under the faucet until the poop comes off and goes down the drain. It's a bath tub, so who cares. I'm also really insane about cleaning the tub before I get in it (another annoying habit I picked up during pregnancy) so that's not really an issue for me.
A word of advice about the cloth. After a while I noticed my LO had a bit of rash. Actually it was really bad and the sores were blood red and some of them were actually bleeding (all this over night, bc I didn't notice it when I put her to bed) and I discovered that the rash was most likely from yeast on her diapers. Apparently, you should either soak them in vinegar before you wash them or - if you are able - put a tablesoon or sometime of vinegar in the spin cycle of your washing machine to kill the yeast.
If you are doing the cloth for the environmental aspect and not the cost aspect, there are these amazing diapers called G diapers. They are cloth diapers that hold a lining which is disposable. It bio-degrades in 50-150 days so you can throw it away or compost it or - and this is the best part - flush it down the toilet! For me, they are great while traveling. If you are making a trip and don't want to deal with the carting the dirty diapers around for a day or two, these can just be flushed. No muss, no fuss.
Oh, I would suggest getting a sort of tote bag or making a large bag to put the diapers in as a laundry bag or something. This way you can put them in while their wet (from baby pee and/or you rinsing them out) and not worry about leaving them in the the tub or in a basket or something. Then you can wash the diapers and the bag all at the same time. That website sells them, but if you are able to work a sewing machine, then just make one yourself - if you have the time that is.

As some one else said with the high chair deal, you can definitely wait, especially if you are planning on delaying solids. I have a four month old and we still don't have a high chair. And if it's a possibility for you, borrow one from a family member or friend. I got two swings from my cousins and they're great. One is a traditional swing that just sits in the room, but the other is portable and folds up and everything - great for traveling.

I use the Evenflo pump and it works rather well. When it just runs on batteries it doesn't do as great a job as it does when its plugged into the wall, but it's definitely great to have when we're driving the 45 mins home from a friends house and my boobs need pumping NOW

Anyhow, I hope that rambling wasn't too long. Congrats on your twins!! (and since I can't find a jealousy face I'll use this one : because I am extremely jealous of you I want twins)
Congrats again!! Good Luck!!
Ah, I don't care if you typed it too long.. I appreciate the fact that you took the time to give feedback. I've bookmarked this thread so I'd go back and read the instructions again later on.

Maybe one day you'll get lucky and have twins of your own... or you could always adopt them?
post #12 of 25
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Originally Posted by shahjehan View Post
Hi,
How exciting to be planning for the arrival of your twins! If you need to start from scratch in the high chair department, I highly recommend a twin feeding table like this:
http://www.twinstuff.com/store/catal...roducts_id=254

They are expensive, but we have been so happy with it. It takes up about as much space as two high chairs, but it's easier to clean. I got it when my twins were just sitting up (about 5 months), and it gave us another safe and fun place to let them sit and play with toys until we started solids. It's a high chair and activity table, and they can share the finger foods you give them too. Love it.

As far as baby carriers, we do the Mei Tei/Ergo baby carrier combo to carry both at once. Not as great with newborns, but it works when they get older. A local store here called Mom and Pop Place (www.momandpopplace.com) sells all the popular ones (Ergo, Mei Tei, Moby, Maya, Hotsling, etc), and they will ship it free to you.

I can't recommend the Mothering Multiples book enough! Invaluable to me since my pregnancy up until today.

Good luck!

When I clicked on the link and saw the table.. my eyes literally popped and I LOVE IT! I can imagine how fun the twins will have when eating and then doing activities. My daughter could also even sit one one end and me/hubby on the other end of the table and do an activity with them!

I wish there is a momandpopplace store here so I'd go inside and look around but I'll surf thru the website during the day tomorrow and ask questions if I see something so new to me.

And the book, I'm gonna see if I can register it on BRU.. if not, then I'll tell my friends about it and hopefully one of them will buy it for me.. if not, then we'll buy it on our own.
post #13 of 25
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Originally Posted by prescottchels View Post
Congrats!!
When I was a nanny for nb twins I wore them both for about the 1st month in a ring sling together. It wasn't great for my body, but the babies were happy. I didn't know about wraps then. I'm so glad I've found them regardless of whether or not I have twins...
Different stretchy wraps have carries for twins like Moby http://www.mobywrap.com/t-instructions.aspx , and others or as the PP said one on front and one on back in 2 different carriers.
You might visit the babywearing forum here at MDC for more twin babywearing ideas.
Good Luck!

Ohhhh both video got me so VERY EXCITED and I love the idea of having a baby being so close and intimate. I would love to see someone demonstrating with twins. I'll check out the babywearing forum here and hopefully someone knows about a video for the twins.
post #14 of 25
http://store.nursingmothersupplies.c...ies/00055.html

That's my attempt to provide a link fot the EZ2Nurse pillow. If it doesn't work, I did a google search on "EZ2Nurse twin nursing pillow". It really is a lifesaver.
post #15 of 25
I second the love for the twin feeding table! We've used it from 5 months to now, at almost a year with very good results. I even got one for my mom's house. We mostly use it for feeding, but also sometimes as a safe place for the twins to play while I'm running around in the morning, etc.

If I had it to do all over again, all I'd really ask for at my baby shower would be:

1. Membership to a local twin club (the ones in my area have GREAT consignment sales. We got all their clothes cheap, and lots of equipment for less than half price. OK, this will not be a group of natural parenting MOMs, but there may be some. Just ask around. And my club has lots of books and twin feeding pillows it lends to new MOMs for free.)

2. Cloth diapers. It takes a little figuring out what system you want, but once you decide, these make awesome shower gifts. Would have saved me a lot of money! FYI - I wash every other day, and have something like 3 dozen PFs and 2 dozen fitteds. Works really well for us. PM me if you want more details.

Aside from that, I did use an infant swing and bouncy seat some in the early days, as a place to put one baby while caring for the other when I was on my own. My girls weren't thrilled with either, or the Bumpos for when they're a little bigger. But sometimes you need it. Loved my secondhand Baby Bjorns at first, and love my Ergos now. Never really got into the Moby although some MOMs I know swear by them. Oh, the brilliance of the Double Snap n Go! We hated infant car seats, but the Double SnG made those worth it. The ease of maneuvering doctor's appointments and going out in public is awesome.

If you plan on using a crib, my personal soapbox issue is that you should consider mattress wrapping.

Here I'm trying to think about what else we loved or used all the time. And pumps! I'm pumping at work right now! I have 2 Medela Pump in Styles, one for work and one for home, and have been pretty happy with them. I've used an adapter in the car, gotten free replacement tubes from Medela. These pumps and I have spent some quality time together over the past year. Very serviceable. So there's some accessories you might want. Extra bottles, lanolin, extra insulated bottle bag. Depends on your circumstances.

This stuff is fun to gear up for that expanded family of yours! Best wishes for you and your twins!
post #16 of 25
Didn't read all the responses.

We had 2 high chairs. I had one bouncy chair and 1 swing (figured I could always get a second if needed). I didn't have a play mat for my twins, but I did have 2 of those toy arch things. I would lay each girl on a seperate blanket with a seperate gym. I would't say it's nessasary, but it was n ice to have 2 differnet ones.

My girls shared a crib until they got their own beds, except a brief period where Rena was biting. Then I seperated them for safty's sake.
post #17 of 25
If you decide to do cloth diapers, you can use the coupon code "jcarroll" at my fave store www.punkinbutt.com and get 10% off your order. Any of you can use this!
post #18 of 25
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Originally Posted by Gena 22 View Post

If you plan on using a crib, my personal soapbox issue is that you should consider mattress wrapping.
??? More info please! this may need to be in a pm or over in family safety.
post #19 of 25
Here is the crib tent we use,
http://www.toysrus.com/product/index...ductId=2404625

We did have two swings, two bouncy seats and two high chairs.
post #20 of 25
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Originally Posted by AkRotts View Post
Here is the crib tent we use,
http://www.toysrus.com/product/index...ductId=2404625

We did have two swings, two bouncy seats and two high chairs.

Thanks!
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