Product Review: Top 5 Baby Products You Need to Have for Multiples

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Let’s face it – having twins is expensive. I polled the contributors of this blog to share their top 5 must-have products. The lists varied widely but there were some common favorites.

1. The double snap n go. You may think it is a waste of money buying something you will only use for a few months, but it may be the best money you ever spend. This item was the top reason I was able to make it out of the house on solo trips. You don’t have to take the babies out of their infant seats. I can not stress how critical this is when you have two babies. While it does attract attention when you’re out in public, you can easily shield both babies to keep nosey strangers and supergerms away.

Although this costs $100, you can usually find used ones through your local twins group. I bought mine second-hand for $50 and sold it third-hand for $25.

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2. Two boppies. You are not going to be able to use a boppy for tandem breastfeeding twins. The boppies are for everything except breastfeeding – bottle feeding, tummy time, sitting time, just hanging out. You will use the boppies every day and they will make an appearance in many photos, so make sure you get covers you like.

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And if you ever wondered how to bottle-feed two babies at the same time….. two boppys!

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3. Two pack and plays (PNP). My boys are 21 months old and we still have a PNP set up.

* At first, you can use the bassinett attachment so they can sleep in your room.
* You can move them to the big part for naps in places other than their cribs. This is particularly helpful if you have a two-story house.
* Use the PNPs to give your multiples space to play away from each other.
* A PNP is a great place for new crawlers to be contained when you want to take a shower or need them to be in a safe place.
* Fill a PNP with toys to entertain one baby while you bathe the other.
* PNPs are perfect for stopping walkers from destroying a room while you are attending to the other child.
* PNPs are easily transportable for travel.

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4. The Skip Hop Duo Double diaper bag. This is the first diaper bag designed for a side-by-side double stroller. Between the size and the pockets, this is universally one of the favorite diaper bags in the multiples community. While on the pricier end, you will be using a diaper bag daily for years. It is worth it to invest in something functional that you love.

See pictures and get more information here.

5. Some type of baby carrier. While opinions are mixed on the Baby Bjorn, Moby Wrap, Maya Wrap, and other baby carriers, a baby carrier is a must-have item in a multiple household. You will not believe the things you can get done while carrying a baby on you. While carrying one twin in a Bjorn, I was able to change the other twin’s diaper, make telephone calls, surf the internet, brush my teeth, wash dishes, do laundry, eat a meal, watch TV, and use the bathroom. Some days I put one child in an infant seat and one child in a carrier to go grocery shopping.

Since these are major purchases, I recommend you try to borrow one of these from a friend before investing. I loved my Moby Wrap for the newborn stage when I had a helper around, but I loved my Bjorn for solo time because it was so fast to get on and off. We ended up with two Bjorns so my husband and I could each carry a baby while getting some much-needed fresh air.

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Next week – Bottom 5 Baby Products You Can Live Without!

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10 thoughts on “Product Review: Top 5 Baby Products You Need to Have for Multiples”

  1. I agree with everything and would like to add…

    Bouncy seats have aided in my daily showers (yup daily)
    Maximom soft carrier is awesome, you can carrier one baby on front and one on back! You can also carrier them both on front but I found that awkward.

    Anyone use bumbo seats?

  2. I used the boppy for tandem nursing…they are now 6months old. their legs are off of pillow – but it provides upper body support for them.

    Yes, we use Bumbos. Great for neck strength.

  3. ooh that double boppy feeding picture brings back memories! one adjustment: i would turn the boppies so the babies were looking at me and kind of each other while they ate. easier on the wrists too.

  4. I use those Boppies ALL. THE. TIME. Double feedings, tummy time, a little support/padding now as they’re mastering sitting. We even had them sleep propped up in them (I know, so verboten) for a time, because they spit up a lot when they were flat on their backs. I just hated it for breastfeeding!

  5. Huh. Wonder how much easier if would have been if I had had most of this stuff? Wouldn’t it be great to be able to go back and do it all over again (well, except for the doing it all over again part) knowing what you know now? We did put some miles on our double stroller—I agree—totally key piece of equipment.

    We loved our Bumbo. Only had one.

    Photos really added a great touch!

  6. I have a nomination for what you can live without – a wipe warmer! My MIL thought it was the best gift ever, but we didn’t have any spare plus in the nursery after the monitor, a clock, a night light, and the bottle warmer.

  7. Good, no Great to know. I’m expecting in May and am getting advice thrown at me from all angles. It helps to hear it from other mom’s of multiples! Keep it up, I’m loving it.

  8. I agree on all counts! As for the baby carrier, I used (still do for that matter) the Ergo. It is awesome, can be worn front, side, or on your back, I can wear a 23 pound baby on my back for hours and not get sore at all. A must have!

  9. Hi All,
    I wondered – I’m writing an article for buzzillions.com, who do product reviews. I’m also a mother of three (twins among them). My article is about the stuff you got maybe for your baby shower, or from friends, stuff you bought yourself and never needed. Maybe it never made it out of the packaging, maybe you used it once and thought, why oh why did I get this piece of junk. I got some of those pee pee tee pees for diaper changes, which I swear are probably the most useless shower gift ever. I also got all kinds of baby clothes meant for, I guess, taking them to church, a wedding – three piece craziness that stayed on the hanger until they outgrew it. I’d love to hear from you if you’re willing to share!
    Thanks!
    Tara
    tara@buzzillions.com
    http://www.buzzillions.com

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