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Sample Twin/Multiple Baby Registry

November 2016

By Debra Allison, Multiples Contributor

Congratulations! You’re cooking a lot of buns in your oven….2, 3, or maybe even more! This list contains an experienced twin mom's general suggestions on how to approach gearing up for twins/multiples, plus favorite products for twins/multiples.

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How to approach gearing up for twins/multiples

Just because you're expecting "double trouble" (or more!) doesn't necessarily mean you're going to need multiples of everything on your new baby list. Sometimes you will need to buy extras or buy a different, twin-specific item, but other times your babies will be able to share the same item a parent would otherwise buy for a singleton, enabling you to save money and space in your home. Sometimes, you will even be able to use resources more efficiently with two or more; economies of scale will be your friend!

In general, the main areas where it makes sense to buy twin-specific items are as follows:

  • Twin breastfeeding pillow (you need a larger surface to feed two at the same time)
  • Double car seat caddy stroller
  • Double full-featured stroller
  • Twin baby carrier (if you want one person to be able to carry them both at the same time — alternatively, you can get two singleton carriers and have each parent carry one baby)
  • Co-sleeper and/or playard (get a larger one that can fit all of your babies simultaneously)
  • Activity mat (get a larger one that can fit all of your babies simultaneously)
  • Diaper bag (get a larger one for all the extra stuff you'll be lugging around)
  • Hospital-grade double electric pump
  • Expandable video monitor with 2+ cameras
  • Diaper pail (get a larger one that will hold more diapers before needing to be emptied)

And here are the areas where you can buy the same items meant for singletons...but you'll need to increase quantity:

  • Cribs, crib mattresses, fitted sheets
  • Infant car seats (no skimping here, you'll need 1 per baby)
  • "Baby holders" (e.g. bouncers, swings, newborn loungers — we suggest getting at least one item total across these three categories per baby, and you can rotate the babies through them for variety), for the first 6 months
  • A jumperoo AND an exersaucer (whereas with a singleton you might just get one — when they get bored, they can switch!), for the 4-12 month stage
  • High chairs (after they start solids, 6+ months)
  • Diapers
  • Swaddles & wearable blankets (but need less than 2X)
  • Clothing (but need less than 2X)
  • Bottles, bibs, burp cloths (but need less than 2X)
  • Pacifiers (but need less than 2X)
  • Bath towels and washcloths (but need less than 2X)
  • Shampoo and toiletries (but need less than 2X)

For everything else, you can generally just get the same items the parent of a singleton would get. Check out our other sample registries to peruse our favorites in those categories. For the rest of this article, we'll focus on discussing only articles you need that are different for twins/multiples.


Strollers

Everyday pick: Joovy Twin Roo Car Seat Stroller

This stroller is unique and stands out. Its design is brilliant in that you can see both babies at once. You can feed both in this position too! The basket is huge and practical. You can fold the stroller with one hand, but it is a bit bulky even when it’s folded. Don’t forget to check you car seat’s compatibility and make sure you have the necessary adapters.

Everyday pick: Baby Trend Universal Double Snap-N-Go Stroller Frame

A slightly less expensive option would be Baby Trend’s Universal Snap N Go. It has a large basket, 2 cup holders, and can fold with one hand. It’s very bulky even when folded. The babies are arranged in stadium seating so you can see both babies at the same time.

Splurge pick: Baby Jogger City Mini Double Stroller

A fantastic stroller for everyday living. It’s easy to push — even with a lot of baby/toddler weight — and easy to collapse. The brake is in a logical place and the straight bar gives plenty of room for accessories. The side by side feature allows you to easily attend to both your babies’ needs at once. Also, the large basket is a plus for most twin mommies. The Baby Jogger City Mini GT Double Strollerversion offers all-terrain tires and an adjustable handlebar for height.

Splurge pick: Baby Jogger City Select Stroller

This stroller is versatile. It can go from a single stroller to a double stroller in a click or removal of a seat. The add-on feature of a glider board allows the older sibling the option to hop on for a ride. When both seats are snapped in there are over 16 different seat position options. The basket is huge and is accessible from all sides. Accessories include a bassinet that transforms into a second seat. Basket underneath is huge.

Value pick: Joovy Big Caboose Graphite Stand On Triple Stroller

This is a practical stroller for twins plus an older sibling as it serves all needs. It can snap in car seats or simply use the actual stroller seats for older toddlers. It takes a little more effort to steer this stroller, but it saves buying a snap-n-go and a double stroller. The Joovy Caboose Triple Stroller makes a great occasional stroller.

Splurge pick: BOB Revolution Flex/Pro Duallie Stroller

Although the infant car seat adapters are sold separately, this stroller can be the only stroller you’ll ever need. It simply does it all. It can be your trip to the mall stroller and your jogging stroller. Its cargo basket is more than sufficient and the handlebars have 9 different height settings, which is especially great for parents of different heights. It is a little pricey, but it’s worth the splurge!

Value pick: Chicco Cortina Together Double Stroller

The stroller is a bit bulky and doesn’t have the same maneuverability as the Bob Revolution or City Select strollers, but it costs about half the price. This stroller would work well if you need an occasional stroller but don’t want to invest too much money. The basket is huge and will be great running errands.

Everyday pick: ZOE XL2 DELUXE Double Xtra Lightweight Twin Travel & Everyday Umbrella Stroller System

The ZOE XL2 is the perfect travel stroller since it is so lightweight. It’s great for frequent taxi or airplane rides. You won’t be disappointed when you get to your destination with this stroller either. It has a padded handlebar, great maneuverability, magnetic peekaboo canopies, 1 parent cup holder, large basket, and it comes with 2 child cup holders. Be sure to know that only 1 snack tray is included in the stroller price.

Everyday pick: Joovy Scooter X2 Double Stroller

The Joovy Scooter’s color options can really make your stroller stand out in the sea of other strollers. The Joovy Scooter is simply an awesome double stroller for its price. Parents love the humongous storage basket, oversized canopies, one hand recline, one hand fold, two zippered pockets for phones etc., and two cup holders for the parents. The only con is that there aren’t snack trays available for this model.

Everyday pick: Maclaren Twin Triumph

You can always spot a Maclaren by those unique and ergonomic handle bars. The Twin Triumph is fairly lightweight and easily fits through doorways. It folds easily and is great for smooth terrain. Storage basket is mediocre.

Splurge pick: UPPAbaby G-Link Double Umbrella Stroller

This is a high quality umbrella stroller. It’s a bit weightier than most, but it has a sleeker design than the Maclaran Twin Triumph. The advantage to this stroller is that it can be used from birth, since included in the price is a headrest and footrest. It can also stand alone when folded.

Infant car seats

Value pick: Safety 1st onBoard 35 Infant Car Seat

This is a great pick for twins because it fits low birthweight babies well (minimum weight is 4 pounds, and there’s even a harness specially designed to fit smaller babies).

Mid-range pick: Chicco Keyfit 30 Infant Car Seat and Base

This is one of the most popular car seats. The price includes a full-body infant insert and supports babies starting at 4 pounds. Installation is made a little easier with built in bubble levels. Compatible with most every stroller in the market.

Splurge pick: Nuna PIPA Infant Car Seat

The Nuna PIPA offers a modern and sleek design. It’s worth the price if you need a very light base. Another added plus is the integrated drape. This functional feature gets noticed and babies love it too!

Playards

Value pick: Joovy Room2 Portable Playard

This playard is just the right size for twins. 10 square feet of room gives your babies enough space to play, yet it’s practical enough to set up in your house or fold up for travel. It comes with a super soft fitted sheet. It’s easy to set up and disassemble.

Everyday pick: Graco Pack 'n Play Playard with Twins Bassinet

The advantage of the Graco Playard Twins Bassinet is the flexibility (ability to change from bedside bassinet to playard) and its economical price. But if you don’t need the bassinet option, the Joovy NewRoom2 is actually the more economical pick.

Splurge pick: Romp & Roost Double Play Yard Playard

This playard is ingenious with its versatile divider. Twins may not always be on synchronous sleep schedules and this playard gives the flexibility to have one sleeping while the other is playing. It is a bit heavy but assembly and disassembly is relatively easy.

Carriers

Everyday pick: Stuff 4 Multiples Twingaroo Twin Carrier

This is a must-have for twin parents. How else can you cradle both babies and have your hands free? An added bonus is the built-in backpack. Don’t get overwhelmed by how you’ll get the babies in position. Twin moms rave about this.

Everyday pick: Stuff 4 Multiples TwinTrexx 2 Twin Baby Carrier

This carrier has mixed reviews from twin parents, but it lets you carry both babies in front, as compared to the Twingaroo. It is actually two separate carriers so each parent can take a child separately.

Diaper bags

Splurge pick: Okkatots Travel Baby Depot Diaper Bag Pack

Okkatots Travel Depot gives you pockets galore. It also comes in a variety of fun and unique colors. The bag is larger than most. It can even hold 16 large diapers!

Everyday pick: Skip Hop Baby Duo Double Diaper Bag

Skip Hop is one of the few companies that designs diaper bags to clip onto strollers. The wide opening makes it easier to find exactly what you are looking for. Handy exterior and interior pockets.

Breastfeeding

Everyday pick: My Brest Friend Twins Plus Deluxe Nursing Pillow

A lot of moms like the wrap around support this pillow provides. Compared to other nursing pillows, your babies will be higher and the pillow is sturdier. My Brest Friend is still soft and plush for the babies. They have a lot of their own room on the pillow and feel entirely secure.

Splurge pick: Twin Z Pillow

The Twin Z Pillow is double the price of the My Brest Friend Twins Pillow, but it is well worth the money. The pillow is more versatile, with at least 6 different useful positions. Your babies will always be in the perfect tandem nursing position and your back will be supported too. Plus, it’s a simple place where you can rest the babies and practice tummy time.

Everyday pick: IntiMom Baby Nursing Cover

The IntiMom Baby Nursing Cover is comfortable and easy to put on. It will give you and your babies privacy. It folds up well for diaper bags.

Pump pick: Spectra Baby USA S1 & S2 Double/Single Breast Pump

For multiple babies, you definitely want to get a high-performing pump that is efficient at extracting milk. The Spectra is currently a favorite of moms of singles and twins/multiples alike. It's quiet and efficient, while still remaining fairly portable. Another very established option is the Medela Symphony Breast Pump, which is pricey but your insurance may well cover if you have preemies or are documented with low milk supply.

Nursery furniture

A less expensive option for a bedside bassinet would be to use this Graco Pack ‘n Play (listed above). It’s a little more limiting and not as versatile but would serve the purpose of a co-sleeper if pulled right up to your bed.

Co-sleeper pick: Arm's Reach Concepts Ezee Bedside Bassinet Co-Sleeper

The Arm’s Reach Ideal Ezee 3 in 1 is the largest co-sleeper in the market beating, the competition by about 5 inches. There is plenty of room for your twins to snuggle together or sleep head to feet. The 3-1 can be in sleeper mode, act as a freestanding bassinet, and also be a playard. You can’t beat the versatility of this essential item.

Rocker pick: Baby Relax Double Rocker

If you have space in babies’ room, there is nothing sweeter than rocking with your baby. The Baby Relax Double Rocker is one and half times wider than a regular rocker, modern looking, has easy-to-clean fabric, and might prevent your babies from fighting over your lap. The matching ottoman doubles as more storage and would be great if you have the space.

Baby monitor

Expandable monitor pick: Motorola MBP33S Wireless Video Baby Monitor

If you want to have a video feed of each child, make sure to get a monitor that is expandable (i.e. so you can buy additional cameras for additional views). The MBP33S isn't brand spanking new, but it's a workhorse that is affordable ($78 for the base set, more for an additional camera), performs well, and is easy to use. You can view both feeds simultaneously, but can only hear one audio feed at a time.

Books & resources

Everyday pick: What to Do When You're Having Two: The Twins Survival Guide from Pregnancy Through the First Year by Natalie Diaz

A must read. An easy read. It’s practical and funny. You’ll get checklists and even a detailed explanation of how to breastfeed both babies at once!

Everyday pick: Twins 101: 50 Must-Have Tips for Pregnancy through Early Childhood From Doctor M.O.M. by Khanh-Van Le-Bucklin

This is a great read if twins is your first pregnancy. The book provides practical tips, and it’s easy to read.

Everyday pick: Mothering Multiples: Breastfeeding and Caring for Twins or More! by Karen Kerkhoff Gromada

If you are serious about breastfeeding, this book is worth the read. You can pass if you’ve had prior success breastfeeding.

Everyday pick: Dad's Guide to Raising Twins: How to Thrive as a Father of Twins by Joe Rawlinson

This is written by a twin dad for twin dads. Dads need resource information, too, and this book delivers. It would make a great gift, too.

Everyday pick: Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Twins: A Step-by-Step Program for Sleep-Training Your Multiples by Marc Weissbluth M.D.

Chapters are divided by age groups so you only need to read one pertinent section at a time. Use it as a reference or read it straight through. This book will give you practical tips as well as the psychological and physiological explanations parents need as you establish healthy habits.

Just for fun

Splurge pick: The Original Baby Cards: Twins

These photo cards are unique, practical, and fun. You won’t even need to write captions on your Facebook or Instagram posts. Twins by Milestone make a great gift for first time and experienced moms.


About the author:

Debra Allison is a stay-at-home mom to three girls: Abigail and twins Grace and Greta. Yes, her hands are full, but so is her heart.