Our twins are 8 weeks now and heavy! I was using a no-name swapmeet stroller for the both of them and that lasted until about 6 weeks. Now they roll into each other and try to grab and I'm afraid there just isn't enough room in the single stroller. We have a Leebruss side-by-side pram that is terribly cumbersome when you're in a rush but it rides/pushes like a dream.
Sophia and Grace use convertible carseats that STAY in my car. My system for travelling is to:
- Unbuckle both carseat harnesses
- Remove driver's side baby first, carry her in my right arm as if I'm burping her on my shoulder (I'm left handed)
- Get passenger side baby last, carrying her in my stronger, left arm
- Push the doors closed with my butt.
With one baby on my shoulder and the other in the crook of my arm, it leaves my right hand free to grab whatever and turn the doorknob to enter the house. I have yet to struggle in the rain and I'm not anxious to find out. With gas prices so high I really plan out my trips. I know ahead of time if I'm dropping by a market where I will use my pram and shove the groceries in the pram basket. Or if I'm going somewhere like Walmart with big, spacious shopping carts that accommodate 2 infant carriers. It's tough to be mobile with twins. My purse is their diaper bag. I never could manage the clumsy diaper bags with all the mini compartments. Everything gets thrown in my purse, each item in it's own Ziploc or lingerie bag. We're in and out of the car at least 6 times per day - I had to get a system down or concede defeat. Well not really... it was that or leave my Teen at the high school.
We totally need a more practical stroller but I'm not in a position to buy anything else right now. I actually need to minimize, I don't like a lot of gadgets and gizmos cluttering up the place. I'm a minimalist.
Here's my practical baby gear guide (what we use day-to-day, likely to change as they get older):
- Moses baskets - I LOVE these sleepers. I got them as gifts, filled with baby stuff. My twins use them 60% of the time they're sleeping. You can't carry them around by the handles with the babies inside but they don't tip over and can sit on any flat surface during the newborn stage. My Moses baskets are never far from me. They can also be used as toy and laundry baskets later. Very inexpensive too!
- Graco playpen with newborn bassinet SLEEPER - Not the usual pack n' play with bassinet on top! My girls seemed to roll towards each other and it didn't seem safe as soon as they were over 7 lbs each. I have 2 Graco playpens with newborn sleeper attachments, it's the best. Graco has wheels on the playpen for mobility and the sleeper is located on top with a changing table type thing. Very handy when I need the girls to be in plain sight of me, like when I'm cleaning or running around the house. Their playpens stay downstairs, go into the closet when company comes. We eat dinner out on the patio at least 5 nights a week and I love how I can just roll them outside with us. Great invention - now they have a twin playpen! :)
- Bassinets - any kind! Their bassinets stay in our room. We tried the Co-sleeper but I hated the twisting and turning. And it's just too much work to run and get them from their cribs when I'm nursing as often as I am. I keep the bassinets upstairs in our bedroom. We have the ones that vibrate and play soft music.
- EZ-2-Nurse pillow - I tandem nurse and this has been a life saver. It's sturdy and comfortable for all of us. It also places them at a right angle so I can freely move my arms. I bought 2 of them so I don't have to drag one up and down the stairs.
- Bouncers - I only use these when I'm cooking. I place them on the island and can cook and interact with them without fear of them tipping over or slipping out. I will be passing my bouncers on to another baby/family when they outgrow them.
- Boppys - I use these to prop them up on the couch beside us. I know it also helped them strengthen their neck muscles. Boppys are also good for keeping older infants in one place while you do stuff.
I gave away our Cocoon hammock sleeper because my cat liked to jump in when one of the babies was in there.
I'm not big on the baby swing either. My girls aren't colicky (fingers crossed) and they like to be front and center so they're always within arm's reach. I'm not saying that's what swings are for but for our family, the swing hasn't been very useful.
Their Graco infant carseats (travel system) hasn't been much help to us either. My girls do not like to be covered up by the canopy which is why I have the convertible carseats. My life would be soooooooo much easier if they were able to use the infant carriers but - I can't change that.
One more thing: I learned that it's best to bathe one baby at a time, even if me and DH are available. Two slippery babies is such a no-no. I learned the hard way. So even though we have 2 bathtubs, we only need one. Same with cribs. We have one crib and they will share beds until the toddler age. I did have to go out and buy another sterilizer because bottles stack up! And around 5 months of our pregnancy, I started a routine of buying a pack of diapers every, single time go to the store. Even if it's a small pack of diapers, it's worked out really well.
Edited by Smurfette2 - 5/10/11 at 10:22am