There is this common perception that if you are expecting twins you need two of everything.
And then there is this common perception among twin mamas that you do not, indeed, need two of everything — just certain things.
I’m here to dispel both of those. Sort of.
The issue: Buying two of everything vs. registering for two of everything vs. finding things used.
What I thought: I couldn’t dare ask people to buy two of everything so I didn’t register for two of everything — just some of the essentials that some of the message boards advised.
What really happened: I listened to people too literally and didn’t assess my own personal situation, house and lifestyle. We had to go out to the store and buy stuff after the girls were born to get some things that weren’t recommended as essentials. Swings, especially, were something I wish I had not just purchased new and top of the line but also TWO of them. But, there were other things, too. I also spent a great deal of time worry about finding deals on used things and those things ended up breaking and not working as well.
My advice now: Do not fret about others. See my previous note and buy two very nice swings. Register for two of everything and if you don’t get it, oh well, you’ll just have to buy one or live without. But don’t worry about anyone else before you worry about your family. There are some things you can go used on and not feel it and there are others, like swings and mobiles, that need to be bought brand new to function properly.
And, since people have been so awesome with sharing their own stories with this series, please chime in on what you did and learned about registering and buying all that baby gear.
Oh, and one more thing: We still buy two of everything. EVERYTHING.