We have an almost 5 month old baby. Here are a few of my ideas:
1. Sleep bras from Motherhood Maternity.
I'd recommend 3 sleep bras, since you'll be wearing them 24-7 and will have to wash them frequently. Wait to purchase fitted nursing bras until your milk level regulates, which is about a month after the birth. Sleep nursing bras hold the nursing pads in place.
2. Disposable Nursing Pads
Lansinoh Brand is the best. I'm using cloth pads now, but for the first few months, I leaked so much that I'd soak through the cloth ones in about 20 minutes.
3. Cheap Cloth Diapers to use as Burp Cloths
They work so much better than pretty burp cloths. I also use them folded up and stuffed in my sleep bra (for around the house and for night-time)
4. Burt's Bees Diaper Cream
Our favorite diaper cream. Much thicker and smells better than other brands.
5. Car Seats
- Infant Car Seat - Graco SnugRide has good safety ratings and they aren't too expensive.
- The First Year True Fit Car Seat - (after they grow out of the carrier type car seat, which is at about a year old, depending on baby's size.)
6. Infant Swing
The front-to-back swinging type, rather than side-to-side, is much more popular with our baby. Easily found on Craig's list. (If you purchase it on CL, you'l save money, and if your babies don't like it, you can sell it and get your money back.) If having twins, I'd be tempted to buy two, especially if you can find a good deal on them - (ie Craig's list or a hand-me-down from a friend.)
7. Ergo Carrier and Ergo Newborn Insert
Hands down, our #1 favorite baby item. We use it for walks and hikes, of course, but we also use it all- day-long inside the house. It is the easiest, most reliable way my husband can get our baby to sleep, and it is the easiest way to get anything done (cooking/preparing a meal in the kitchen, doing laundry, eating, talking on the phone - while walking through the house, vacuuming, etc.). It's well made and will last from birth to 35lbs. If we had twins, having 2 Ergos would be at the top of my list. If you have a fussy baby, some type of carrier is a god-send. The Ergo is great because you and anyone else (dad, grandma, friend) can use it, and the buckles make it user friendly. We used it A LOT when our baby was a newborn. Our baby is teething now, and the only thing that seems to help is putting him in the Ergo and walking around the house.
8. Waterproof Mattress Pad to protect your mattress
Even if you don't plan for the babies to sleep with you, there will be messes.
9. Waterproof Pads
You can cut them to size and put them under baby (ie Co-sleeper, changing table, crib, your bed, etc.)
Prevents spit-up, pee, and other leaks from getting the sheets wet. (Tip: Line dry rather than the dryer - they will last longer.)
10. Cloth Diaper Recommend
We used disposables the first 2 weeks, until his cord area healed. The disposables leaked A LOT and they were expensive. If you ever decide to switch to cloth, I'd recommend Mother Ease Sandy's Diapers - they are the BEST EVER - We've never had a leak or a blow out, and he's only had a very minor rash once while teething. The resale value is very good. You can purchase them used, and then sell them when you are done. There is a Forum on their site, with info on cloth diapering twins.
11. Cloth Swim Diapers - 2 - Size Medium
If you take your babies swimming, you'll need swim diapers.
Cotton Sleepers with zippers - maybe 6-8, or 3- 4 per baby in each size. Warm and Easy. (I'd skip onesies if you are having babies in Jan.)
Hats, Fleece Booties, Sweaters
13. Baby Nail Scissors
Work much better than nail clippers.
Our choice: Temporal Artery Thermometer. Totally AWESOME!! Place on the forehead for an instant temp reading. Costs about $30, and so much better than rectal.
15. Good Quality Breast Pump
Medela Pump in Style brand.
You can purchase this on Craig's list, and either purchase new tubes or sterilze the parts.
Nice to Have:
1. Diaper Bag for Twins
We don't have twins, but we use a diaper bag that is made for twins and we LOVE it. It holds everything we need, has plenty of pockets, and is well made.
Skip Hop Duo Double
2. Car Seat Bag for Airplane Travel
If you plan to fly with your babies, this back-back style bag is very nice to have through the airport.
3. Drawer Unit from the Container Store
This works really well to store baby's clothes. It's well made, so you can use it for a long time. Ikea sells a less expensive version, but it isn't as well made. A friend of mine told me that when testing out baby furniture, put one hand behind your back when opening up the drawers (you'll be carrying around baby with one arm.)
4. Changing Pad
We placed our changing pad on top of our dryer. It's worked out really well.
5. My Brest Friend Nursing Pillow for Twins
A nursing pillow, while not essential, is nice to have.
Our choice: Nosefrieda Baby Aspirator
7. Sophie the Giraffe Teething Toy
Our baby LOVES Sophie
8. Robeez Shoes
They don't fall off easily. Soft leather.
9. MIracle Blanket
Fancy Swaddle Blanket. Makes swaddling a breeze.
Baby Registry Thoughts:
1. You can register at Amazon or on a free registery site like findgift.com or wishpot.com
2. Register for a lot. You will be surprised how many people want to give you stuff. :)
3. Register at Babies R Us, even if you don't use it. They have a policy that makes it easier to return items to them if you are registered with them. (If you get things you don't need/want, you can take it in to BRU to get store credit on things you need - like a new car seat for down the road.)
Thoughts on Twins:
1. Our area has a support group for parents with twins. They have gatherings and play-groups.
2. The twin group sponsors a Consignment sale several times a year. Great way to purchase things for less.
Some additional thoughts:
PP Care Ideas:
1. Placenta Pills and Placenta Tincture
I had my placenta encapsulated and they made a HUGE difference in my recovery. Totally amazing. I wouldn't want to have a baby (especially twins), without my "happy pills."
2. DH stayed home for the first 6 weeks. It was FMLA, unpaid, but totally worth it. Have your partner stay home as long as you can afford.
3. My MIL came for the first 2 weeks to help. She cooked, did laundry, and helped with the baby. She also gave me, DH, and the baby a massage every few days. Massage is highly recommended in Ayurveda to heal from the birth and to prevent PPD. I followed the Chinese Medicine teaching of staying in bed for the first 2 weeks after the birth, and my recovery went very well.
Wishing you all the best. :)