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Old 08-05-2012, 02:31 PM   #11
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Re: Question for moms of twins...

I second the EZ-2 nurse pillow.

Our swings and bouncers were great - we put one on each floor since DD liked the bouncers and DS the swings.

A large basket with a handle to keep things close by - I kept my phones (house and cell), diapers, wipes, blankets for swaddles, pen, paper, book, mommie snacks and water bottle in it so everything I needed would be by my side when nursing or if the babies fell asleep on the nursing pillow.

I never used my wrap, couldn't figure out how to get both babies in it at the same time.

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Old 08-07-2012, 12:55 AM   #12
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Having some kind of sling, just whatever is comfy for you is a must. I really like my maya wrap and wish I had gotten it when the twins were tiny instead of closer to 6 months. It is great for holding one baby so that they go to sleep and being able to still comfort, change diapers or feed the other baby. Plus I like the maya wrap because I can position a baby inside it to nurse and be covered up.

I like the sleeper sacks or cotton gowns, they were the easiest for changing diapers.

I would gladly tell you more from my experience, but recommend finding someone that has had a baby in your local nicu. Also talk to your doctor about how they anticipate things going if the babies are premature. I did natural birth (with an epidural) and my twins were 34 weeks. When they were born I did not get to be with the babies they took them away to the nicu, and they were in the nicu for 3 weeks. It was a very tough few weeks. And emotionally I did not feel prepared for how things went.

Make sure you get infant carseats that are ergonomically designed, either the triangle handle like baby trend, or the ones that have a bended part that makes them easier to hold. For holding two car seats they are just way easier.

Good luck and twins are difficult but they can also be super rewarding. Mine are now 4 and most of the time play super well together. Good luck and hope the rest of your pregnancy goes smoothly!
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Old 08-12-2012, 04:25 PM   #13
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Congrats! We have twin girls. They are 9 wks old today. It goes by so fast. So far the Rock and Plays have been very helpful. I would also suggest a ridiculous number of cloth diaper burp rags, at least 8 bottles/nipples (I would rather have 20. They go through about 8 bottles/day/each so if you have 16 you could get through the day without having to wash them several times. Right now, we wash bottles probably at least three times a day just to keep a head.) We also love our video monitor. We tried having them sleep in our room for several weeks but in the end it's much better for all of us that they have their own room. We use Adian and Anias swaddle blankets and the white noise machine every night. I really feel like both of those have really helped. Congrats again and good luck!
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Old 08-12-2012, 05:07 PM   #14
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We used our bouncy chairs a lot so I could shower, cook etc with out holding a baby. The Moby wrap was great when they were really little and I could carry both at the same time, switched to Ergos when they got to about 15 lbs. When the girls were really little they like the swing but quickly grew out of it at about 4 months, it was nice in the beginning! Then there is the normal baby stuff that we used all the time, we had a ton of swaddle blankets, pacis and socks. For some reason those items disappear so stock up now!
I WISH we had a snap n' go stroller, it would have made life easier. Those first few trips to the grocery store by myself were interesting...
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Old 08-12-2012, 05:24 PM   #15
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LOVE the SwaddleMe blankets - my girls sleep amazing with them. I have an up and down changing center, but also keep a nursing pillow on each level so i don't have to run back to get one. Also have the bassinet upstairs and pack n play down so I always have a place to put a sleeping baby. I'll post more as I think of it!
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Old 08-12-2012, 05:43 PM   #16
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Re: Question for moms of twins...

One thing we were totally unprepared for was that I couldn't climb the stairs for 2 weeks after my c-section. The babies' bedroom is upstairs and that is where we had the changing table, all of their clothes, etc. Have these things set up on your main level well before you're expecting your babies. We had to rearrange our house the day we came home from the hospital.

I loved our First Years co-sleeper. We kept the babies in our bed until they outgrew this at about 6 weeks. It has hard sides so you don't have to worry about rolling onto them and it just keeps them in place which was very handy

We bought an oversized bassinet which is what they slept in in our room after the co-sleeper. It was really great because both babies fit in it until about 3 months. We'd also carry it out to the living room for them to nap in during the day.

We did do the snap & go stroller but to the person who mentioned grocery shopping with that...I don't know how you did it. If I ever had to go grocery shopping with them I couldn't get a cart or even a basket so I'd take two reusable shopping bags and I could only buy as much as I could get and carry in those bags. So, we did our grocery shopping as a family on the weekends.

Also, I second the breast pump. I bought a Medela Symphony before my babies were born because I'd also heard that sometimes the hospital doesn't have enough for everyone there! I ended up EPing for 15 months. So, it was a great investment....and BTW it did cost about $1000 but I used it for 15 months and resold it and cleared about $850 on it. Which is the cost of 2 months of renting at my hospital!
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Mama-Roo was great for us. Kept one of them pacified while the other needed tending.
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I second the formula pitcher so you aren't constantly mixing formula, just pour, heat and feed. If breastfeeding, a good nursing pillow. I used the breastfriend twin but wish I had the Z pillow which looks like 2 boppys put together. Then our other life savers were swings and bouncers. I didn't find twins to be that hard as newborns. They were number 4 & 5 for us and were easier than our singletons. Now that they are 18 months old and getting into everything and going opposite directions, things are getting more interesting.
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Congrats! You're in for an adventure, especially if hubby isn't going to be around to help. Hopefully your mom or mom-in-law (or someone) is able to come and stay with you for a few weeks. Those first few weeks are a blur of sleep deprivation and constant screaming until you figure out your babies' individual cues and likes/dislikes. It's no where close to fun, but it does pass.

The #1 thing I was happy to have was my cloth diapers. OMG The amount of cash I have saved! But if you are here, you're probably already doing that.

#2 was a generous stash of freezer meals. I had 23 dinners that just needed thawing and cooking ready to go in the freezer. I wanted a full month, but went on light bedrest at 32 weeks and strict bedrest at 34 weeks, delivered at 35 1/2. I would strongly encourage you to fill your freezer, and if you don't have a chest freezer, consider purchasing one. In time it will pay for itself if you shop meat sales. One of the easiest ways I filled my freezer was to collect online recipes for chicken marinades. Every few weeks the local grocery store had a sale on chicken legs and thighs for $0.99/lb. Not unusual for me to walk out of there with 40lbs of chicken. I spend 2-3 hours making all the marinades, put them in freezer bags, add however many pieces of chicken I want and stick it all the freezer. Can be baked, slow cooked or grilled, and it marinates as it thaws in the fridge. You can make the marinades a few days ahead of time and store them in the fridge, or make them after you purchase the chicken and pour it over the frozen pieces. Those dinners were a lifesaver.

#3 Moby wrap. Wonderful for soothing a cranky baby and still being able to tend to the other one. If you don't have a second set of hands around, I'd consider it a necessity. My mother made me two for very cheap--just bought several yards of T-shirt fabric and dyed it the color I wanted. Didn't even need sewing. There are online tutorials for these. My hubby is a very large man and she also made him a custom wrap that is extra long

#4 Multiple activity stations. Not so much for brand new newborns, but after the first month these were great. Basically I set up different activity stations to keep them occupied while I nursed/changed the other and couldn't hold them. Have at least three so you can easily rotate. For me at first that was a baby play-gym, a bouncy seat with activity bar, a tummytime pillow (for when you can sit on the floor next to them), another bouncy seat next to a music/light battery powered contraption they could look at, and a stack of books for me to read to them. Now at 4 1/2 months it's the same baby play-gym and two bouncy seats (with modified activity bars so I can rotate new toys in and out), a tummytime mat with various toys, an exersaucer, a jumperoo and the books. When they get bored just move them to another station. This has, of course, spilled out into the living room now.

I second the mom who mentioned the twin nursing pillow if you plan to breastfeed, I had the My Brest Friend Twin nursing pillow and used it a lot at first--especially at night. That thing will shave off a solid 15-20 minutes per feeding/changing session, which added up over 3-4 feedings per night equals an extra hour of sleep. Every night! So worth the $55. I was also happy to have my double breast pump. They are offered used all the time on Craigslist. New they are close to $300 but you can usually get them used for $75-$100. sells a replacement pack for all the parts that touch you or the milk for $40 so you can start with a completely clean and sterilized system, even if the pump is used. The hospital actually gave me all those parts because they have a Medela hospital grade pump, and all the Medela parts are interchangeable. You may want to call and ask about that. I don't pump much now, just feed at the breast, but one of my boys had trouble nursing for his first couple weeks. I was so happy to be able to pump for him.
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