I live in a small home that doesn’t have a lot of space. When I found out I was pregnant with twins one of my fears (among many others) was not having enough room in our cute little house now that my family was growing from four to six very quickly.
I am a simplifier at heart. I only buy things that are necessities and I love getting rid of things that are not. So, the thought of all the things we were going to need was extremely overwhelming for me.
Everyone thinks that because you’re having two babies that you’re going to need two of EVERYTHING! This is not always the case. A lot of things, yes you will need two of, but there are ways to make things easier, take up less space, and be more affordable.
We don’t make a lot of money, which was another one of my fears, if we would be able to afford twins. I don’t feel you can ever really afford having children, there are always unexpected expenses that arise, but somehow it all works out and you make it through. I am pretty sure it’s because Heavenly Father is blessing and watching over us for bringing these children into the world.
We live on a tight budget, so I shopped around a ton to get the best deals for what we needed. I am not the type of person who needs the latest fads and I am ok with buying SOME things used, so this made things a little easier and cheaper for us.
TOP MUST HAVES
1. Diapers and Wipes- You will go through so many diapers and wipes with twins! It’s pretty nuts! I thought this would be our biggest expense, but it actually hasn’t been, clothes has been.
– Target brand diapers are by far the cheapest I have found. We don’t have a Target where I live, so I order mine online, purchase them with my Red Card and get free shipping and 5% off! Costco brand diapers are pretty good too, but we don’t have a Costco where I live either.
– Start pulling money aside NOW and put it somewhere you won’t touch it. This will help you have a good supply of money for diapers. So many people advised me with every baby to keep buying diapers whenever we had a chance, but I found this to be difficult because we ran out of space to store them and you never know how long they’ll be in certain sizes, so saving money for diapers is genius!
2. Clothes- If you don’t already have a good supply of clothes from your older children, if you have older children and the same genders, or if you haven’t been given a lot of clothes by other people, then this is a big expense! If you have twins that are the same gender this will help a lot because they can share everything. I have different genders and I didn’t have a lot of extra clothes from my other children, so clothes have been costly for us.
– I am not one who cares to have my children dress in expensive top brand clothes. I am not trying to make this come across negatively, if you buy top brand clothes, it’s not a bad thing; I just can’t afford it.
– I purchase a lot of my children’s clothes from Ross, Target, and Wal-Mart. You can also find good deals at second hand stores.
– You’ll need a lot of onesies! I had 12-16 total at all times until they were over 12 months old. Now, I don’t use them as much.
3. Rock n’ Play Sleeper- These saved my life! I had two of them, and you’ll want two of them! They are amazing and fold up so thin to easily take places and to store. My babies both had reflux and spit up so much that they slept in these things for 7 months.
– The ones I bought go HERE (*THESE HAVE BEEN RECALLED AND ARE NO LONGER ON THE MARKET. WHICH IS SUCH A BUMMER, BECAUSE THEY WERE AMAZING.*)
4. Cribs- You’ll definitely need two cribs.
– If you plan on having them sleep in the same crib or in something else next to your bedside for a while, then you can purchase one crib now and purchase another later on to help split up the cost.
– I already had one crib from my other children and only needed to purchase one more. I just bought a cheap, 150.00 one from Wal-Mart.
5. Bouncer- I don’t see any reason to have two of these. I think one is just fine. Just alternate your babies around from one thing to another or take the time to bond with one baby while the other is in the bouncer. My twins couldn’t use these until they were older anyway because it would cut off their air supply because of the way it positioned their head and neck.
6. Swing- I don’t see any reason to have two of these, especially if you have the Rock n’ Plays. You may not even need a swing at all if you have the Rock n’ Plays.
– I had a 4Moms MamaRoo, but it broke after seven months of using it. I loved how small and compact it was, it didn’t take up a lot of room, but I don’t think I’d ever buy another one since it wasn’t very durable and costly.
7. Johnny Jump Up- One of these is plenty.
8. Jumperoo- One of these is plenty as well, you may not even need one if you have and like the Johnny Jump Up.
9. Exersaucer- We only had one of these, but my babies didn’t seem to care for it much, so I think it was a waste of money. They preferred the Jumperoo more.
10. High Chairs- You will definitely need two high chairs. This was a hard one for me because my kitchen is so small I had nowhere to put two high chairs.
– Cosco high chairs are smaller and fold up so thin. These are the kinds I bought. I love them. We take them with us everywhere because they are portable. They are low in cost too. The only thing I don’t like is the fabric seat and belt buckles aren’t machine washable, there’s no way to detach it from the chair. Sooo dumb!
– For the kind I bought go HERE. I bought this one for my daughter and a blue one for my son.
11. Burp Rags (only if your babies are pukers)- My babies were pukers! They were worse than my other children. I think a lot had to do with being preemies and they had an intolerance to milk protein. Whatever the reason. They puked a lot! I had 40 burp rags and went through all of them in one day! I would go through 24-32 bibs a day as well.
– I just buy cloth diapers for my burp rags, they are amazing at absorbing all the spit up and you get a lot for a good price!
12. Bibs (only if your babies are pukers)- as I mentioned above. If your babies spit up a lot, bibs will save your life! It’ll keep you from needing to change their outfits multiple times a day. As i said above. I went through 24-32 bibs a day.
– For the bibs I bought that worked great for little babies go HERE.
13. Crib Sheet Saver- If you have spit up babies, these saved me from doing tons of laundry and changing sheets all day.I had four total and honestly, I probably could have used one more set, but I was constantly doing laundry anyway, so it wasn’t too bad.
– You can find the sheet savers HERE
14. Video Monitor- You need a video monitor to be able to see and hear your babies, but also when your twins get older and start to interact with each other. It’s so fun to spy on them when they’re in their rooms. I bought the V-tech band and have loved it.
15. Snuza Hero Baby Movement Monitor- I have a love, hate relationship with these things. These are a little like the Owlet pulse monitor, but way cheaper.
– They monitor the movement of your baby’s belly when they’re sleeping, and it alarms you if it doesn’t detect movement after 20 seconds.
– There were more false alarms than anything and it got really annoying, but I am a worrier and SIDS is my biggest fear! With my twins being preemies, I was an even bigger mess than with my other children, so I was grateful for these and it put my mind at ease when I went to sleep at night.
– To purchase this go HERE
16. Infant Baby Bath– You only need one of these. I didn’t have a fancy special one, just a basic baby bath.
17. Car Seats– Obviously you’ll need two of these. I did a ton of research and our budget was certainly tight. I wanted good car seats, but ones that didn’t break the bank.
– I bought Graco Snugride Click Connect 35 car seats. These hold babies from 4-35 lbs. It was hard finding a car seat that was in my price range and would hold a 4 lb baby. Since my babies were going to be 4 lbs when they were released from the NICU I certainly needed ones that would hold 4 lbs.
– These are also the lightest car seats I could find. The car seat alone is only 7 lbs. I wanted light car seats if I was going to be lugging two babies around in them.
– My only complaint about these car seats is the canopy. It got in the way of the handle a lot and didn’t give good enough coverage for me, but nothing a cute canopy cover wouldn’t fix.
– For the ones I bought go HERE
18. Double Stroller- This was a killer for me to figure out because I needed one that wouldn’t take up the entire trunk of my van.
– I got the Baby Trend Snap n’ Go Double stroller. I loved this stroller! It is lightweight and folds up really thin. You just place your car seat on it and go. You don’t even have to have the same brand of car seat for it to fit on.
– I also got mine used online for half the price, which was wonderful!
– The only downfall is you can only use this stroller while your babies are in their infant car seats. If you don’t already have another double stroller for when they’re older than you’ll have to purchase another one, so it could end up not being the best financial route for you. I already had another double stroller, so it was perfect for me.
– Baby Trend Snap n’ Go Stroller go HERE
19. Laundry Detergent- You will need a lot of laundry detergent because you won’t believe how much laundry you’ll be doing. I did at least 3 loads every day! This is because my babies were pukers though.
20. Table for Two- These are seats attached to each other to put your babies in and you can feed them their bottles easily, feed them their baby food, or just let them chill in it.
– I personally didn’t have one of these because I didn’t know about it soon enough and I didn’t have the space anyway. Boy would it have been so nice to have though.
– They are a bit pricey and to be honest I probably wouldn’t have bought it because it’s too costly for me, but it is really cool and could be super handy.
– For the link go HERE
21. Double Breast Pump– no matter what, unless you plan to use straight formula right away you will want and need a good breast pump.
– Twins demand a lot more milk than one baby and you’ll need your pump to help keep up your milk supply.
– I used Medela and it was so nice! A good pump makes a world of difference.
– Make sure you have an extra set of flanges, so you don’t have to do as many dishes.
– For the link go HERE
22. Bottles– Lots of bottles!
– I used Dr. Brown’s bottles. These are the only nipples my babies could take in the NICU because the flow was slow enough for them to not choke and the nipple size was good.
– I had 9-12 bottles in both 4 oz and 8 oz sizes.
23. Bottle Warmer- If you are strictly pumping then a bottle warmer is an absolute life saver!
– I couldn’t nurse because my babies had to have their milk fortified with formula for more calories and nursing just wasn’t happening for me. I strictly pumped and a bottle warmer helped so much!
– If you are doing formula there is no need for this because you can make the bottle with warm water already.
– I had the Dr. Brown’s bottle warmer, but I am sure any kind would work just fine.
– For the one I had go HERE
24. Dual Nursing Pillow- My Brest Friend Twin Nursing Pillow or this other one I heard of is even better, The Twins Z Pillow.
– As I said nursing didn’t work out for me, but I had the My Brest Friend Twin Nursing Pillow and when I tried nursing it really made things easier.
– For the link for the My Brest Friend Nursing Pillow go HERE
– The Twins Z Pillow though looks better, safer, and more comfortable. It does cost a lot more than the My Brest Friend pillow though.The link for The Twins Z Pillow go HERE
25. Twin Carrier- I highly suggest either having two separate carriers or a carrier that’s meant for twins. The Weego Twin Baby Carrier is a carrier I think is pretty cool.
– We only had two separate carriers, but I wish I would have come across this sooner because it’s pretty neat and would have been really nice to have when I didn’t have someone else to carry one of the twins. We just didn’t have the finances for it.
– There are a lot of different ones out there, but this one is better for younger babies. There are others out there that would be better for older babies.
– Go HERE for the link for The Weego
26. Pack n’ Plays- I think having two Pack n’ Plays is HUGE!
– We take these anytime we are going to visit family and the babies need naps. They come in handy and are used often. I think they’re a must.
– I already had one, so I only needed to purchase one more. I wanted to keep it cheap, so I purchased a basic one without any crazy gismos and gadgets.
– For a good one that’s not too pricey go HERE
27. Baby Wipes Warmer- With my other kids I always thought this was a silly thing to waste your money on, but then I got one as a gift and oh my word it makes the world of difference when changing your little baby’s bottoms. They don’t scream and cry the entire time they are being changed. They’re miracles.
28. Baby Mitts- I personally say don’t waste your money on these and just use socks, they stay on better and you should already have some anyway. Most baby outfits come with the covers built right on the long sleeve onesie anyway.
29. Nose Frida- The bulb you get from the hospital that sucks all the guck out of your baby’s mouth after it’s born is wonderful for sucking out all your baby’s boogies, but the Nose Frida is pretty amazing as well! These look disgusting, but I promise you will never get any of your baby’s boogers in your mouth.
– Go HERE to purchase and learn more about it.
30. Cool Mist Humidifier- Whatever you do make sure you buy a cool mist humidifier because they work so much better.
– I love this one and it’s not too pricey, go HERE
31. Muslim Swaddle Blankets- I absolutely love these blankets, but they have some pretty pricey ones out there. There are so many out there that are the exact same material, but cheaper. I went the cheaper route and bought a lot from Wal-Mart and Amazon.
32. Sleep Sacks- I am a big believer in never putting anything loose in my baby’s crib when they are old enough to roll over and move around. Once they start moving around I stop swaddling them and transition them over to sleep sacks to keep them warm and safe. I love them. They have lots of different kinds out there and they have some that can grow with your child as they get older. These can be pretty pricey, but I feel are totally worth it.
– Go HERE for infant ones.
– Go HERE for older ones.
33. Baby Basics
– Nail Clippers- remember you can’t clip baby’s nails for quite a while until after the skin behind it stops growing with the nail.
– Baby brush and comb
– Diaper Rash cream- honestly, I think Vaseline works better than anything else.
– Baby Vicks
– Thermometer- I think the kind you put in their ear or move across their forehead are the best, they are pricey though, but last a long time and work well, so it’s worth it.
– Children’s Tylenol and Ibuprofen. DO NOT EVER buy Infant Tylenol and Ibuprofen, they cost more for way less. Your pediatrician will give you doses that correlate with Children’s Tylenol and Ibuprofen.
– Saline solution- this stuff is amazing to help get dry boogies out of your baby’s nose.
– Binkies- I’d wait on buying these until your baby is born because you never know what they will like. See how they do with the hospital one first and go from there or buy the kind you want them to like and don’t let the hospital give them any other kind except for that one.
Well, there you have it! I can’t think of anything else that are absolute must haves! This list is not in any particular order. It’s simply just a list.
A lot of these things you won’t need until your babies get older, which is nice because it will give you time to gradually buy things.
I know this is all probably very overwhelming to you. Some of the things you may not want or need at all. Just see what’s best for you and your family. It’s all a big experiment. One thing you’ll learn quickly is that one of your babies may like one thing and the other may not.
If you have any other suggestions or questions please comment, I’d love to hear from you.