My still baby/ little ladies are 7 years, 5 months, 1 week & 6 days old.
It may seem quite trivial. Diaper bags get packed up every day right? But remembering everything there is to pack and keeping it organized for one child vs. two, is a breeze in comparison. What do you pack? How do you pack it? Can you close the zipper? Do you own the right bag?
The 1st and foremost most important thing to do is to research diaper bag brands. Seek out and buy your diaper bag before the twins arrive. Not at 35 weeks when the brain is getting foggy and the body very uncomfortable.
You’d be surprised what a major investment this is, especially with a duo. It can either make your life more simple or much more difficult. With twins I vote for the 1st option hands down, don’t you?
I personally recommend the JU JU BE brand. At first I was thinking like $30-$40 (cheap) for maybe a Carters bag, but that was before I went and tested out various other styles at Buy Buy Baby, and read online reviews. Ju Ju Be most impressed me.
It’s got color coded compartments for multiple children, a crumb drain, Teflon stain-free material, expandable inside, top quality zippers that believe you me can take one heck of a beating and won’t ever split. (See my video below.) Memory foam soft and pain-free shoulder strap, and memory foam diaper pad. Now it’s the only way to go. I’ll never look at diaper bags the same way again!
With all of the stains another brand would have gotten by now and as many times as a zipper would break, or shoulder strap would’ve snapped, because they do get heavy and overfilled, we would have spent much more combined. This brand is such a find for parents of multiples. You will be shocked how much you can fit into even the smaller model. I have two, but surprisingly you will be able to
make due with the medium size for all trips based on how they expand.
So what are you putting inside that twin diaper bag?
It’s so easy to forget something, but #1…THINK IN 2’S! If you think in 2’s usually less things are forgotten.
Going out on a day trip?
`1) Pack two extra onesies for changing.
If it’s some place very dirty or you will be having numerous meals, bring 2 for each baby. An overnight trip add a couple more on for each baby.
2) Two pairs of soft pants
They go over the onesies if the weather is cool.
3) Two pairs of extra socks
One pair for each baby.
4) Extra pacifiers
Never leave home without ’em.
If you have a nookie sucker x’s 2, pack at least two. You may want to take an extra for each baby as per my experience, as these tend to vanish then reappear at times.
5) Two little sweaters
6) Two times the food
7) Burp cloths for the newer babies
8 ) Two or 4 bottles of milk or formula
9) Two swimsuits
10) Two bibs
Multiply that by two if the trip is going to be longer then one meal or about 4 hours.
11) Two small toys for the babies or tots
12) 1 diaper changing pad
Unless you want 2 for simultaneous changes. Get in on the fun honey 😉 .
13) Travel bag of wipes
A small package of wipes, or wipes in a zip lock bag to save space are a necessity. Those big tubs take up a lot of the room you have and are not needed. Just make sure you have enough for two hineys for the day.
14) 2x’s the diapers
You never know what might happen. It’s not just pee and poo. Sometimes diapers get ripped off, butts sit in puddles, etc, etc. I pack an even amount that is necessary for the length of the day, and then add a few extras. Never undershoot here or you may find yourself up at the drug store paying top dollar for what you already have at home.
15) Snacks x’s 2
I pack enough for one baby then add an equal amount for the other and put it in one zip lock bag. Put this up on top of the bag at the end of packing, or in a separate front compartment so you aren’t left with broken pieces or dust instead of snacks.
16) 2 sippy cups for juice
if the age applies.
17) Diaper rash creme
1 tube will do you just fine.
18) Small bottle of sunscreen
Again, if the weather is right for it.
Tylenol, Orajel, and any prescription meds your child or twins may take and need while you are gone.
20) Security items
If your toddler twins have a special blankie and you’ll be out late, bring them along. You don’t want to hear screaming later in the day or night, and I assure you that you will. Short trips are likely ok for MOST children.
Don’t forget about mom! Some brands like the one above have mommy compartments. I really appreciate this asset.
Mom’s essentials include:
1) Car keys
My bag has a sturdy clip for that so I never lose them.
Only bring what you need and a little extra in such cases of needing an extra beverage, food falling on the ground, emergency gas money, or cab money, etc. Life is unpredictable so be prepared. Don’t carry a ton of money.. just enough of it. Carry a debit card if preferred.
3) Mom still loves lipstick
Put your own compact and lipstick inside. That isn’t taboo. I think people appreciate a busy mom, especially a twin mom who still has it together enough to grab and throw on a bit of makeup. Pack it up mama!
4) Cell phone
Absolutely never leave home without your cell, especially if you are traveling without your husband. It’s a very important essential.
5) An extra outfit for mom? Maybe so!
If your twins are newborns especially, you may want to pack yourself an extra change of clothing in case something happens, and it just might. This may not fit in the bag you have depending on how large it is. When I need extra space for such things, I throw them into a plastic bag and just leave myself a permanent extra set of clothing in the back of the car. At some point they always get used. No searching, worrying, no fuss.
6) Hair scrunchies
Keeps your hair out of babies’ faces and food, and also keeping hair up guards against pulling.
DON’T FORGET:A soft pack cooler with ice bag!
Chances are you will want to pack more then what will fit in the sides or small spaces of an insulated diaper bag. For long day trips make sure you buy a nice quality, (I had one that busted at the zipper and one that didn’t work well at all because it was too cheaply made), soft pack cooler bag.
Go to Walmart, they have great packs that are affordable but high quality also. It’s great the ones that come with a larger frozen sheet you put in your freezer then take along when you are on the go. I love ours. A must have for Summer!
1) With twins STAY ORGANIZED. Prepare your essentials on a table or bed BEFORE you pack them up. You can fit a lot more in this way, by folding items and stacking them neatly and properly rather then just cramming a bunch of items into the bag. You’ll remember things better to, having things laid out in front of your eyes.
2) Finally, though you can’t pack items that will spoil the night prior, you can prepare most everything else. The day ‘of’ is always more stressful and hectic then the night before. Be smart, prepare early, and save yourself some madness. You’ll likely remember a lot more to, as your head will be more clear!
Happy traveling with twins in tow!
PS- Of course, in all of the hustle and bustle, please don’t forget the twins! 😆