First Outings With Twins: On The Go, Getting Ready To Roll
First Outings With Twins: On The Go, Getting Ready To Roll
The twinpossible twinkle toes are 3 years & 3 weeks, 1 day young.
You are on the other side of the looking glass now my friends. You have gone into a new realm of life that is only suited for the most suitable. The highly-capable new parent of newborn twins. Are things a bit harder? Yes. Do things take a little more time, planning, and teamwork to run smoothly?…YES. But you can do it!
One of the first early challenges of life at home with twins is getting them ready and then taking them out. You are dying to do it and get into the fresh air again, but are terrified at the mere thought of it at the very same time. Well, don’t be. Just be mentally and physically prepared.
Getting ready requires more time and energy, but you got this. If help is around do take it though. Things go faster on twos in twos..Mama P. says. Nevertheless, don’t be frightened. You’ll get used to things taking longer in time if you are a ‘get up and go girl’ like I always was.
A great diaper bag for your duo will never fail you.
Set aside everything first:
Matching ones if you are neurotic or cutesy *or both* like me, he he.
Two pairs of socks
Two bows or hats (if applicable)
(Bows If there is hair, if the baby is a girl, you know what I’m saying.) A baseball hat is ever so cute on a little guy!
Two sweaters/coats, etc. (depending on the weather)
RULE OF THUMB MOMS: Always have a sweater handy for brand new babies. Things can turn, including the weather. They do need an extra layer of protection for warmth.
Shoes 🙄 😆
(Stick with socks or even booties that will still be too large if you are obsessed.)
If your a newbie and wasted the money like I did when feet were still too tiny for the smallest of small sizes…you’ll live and learn. Case in point: NOT NECESSARY right off the bat. Where are they running to anyhow?! Newborn shoes are a cute gimmick is all.
**One baby at a time put everything on. If you start on one than go to the other you are bound to forget something on somebody. The other will wait. This is how twins eventually learn to be more patient than singletons FYI. Somebody MUST wait.**
Now you are dressed and ready. What next?
Well, I hope you have already have got your diaper bag packed. No? Big mistake. You do that first, silly! Even the night before if you plan on getting an early start.
What you need does depend on the length of your trip.
There is a big difference between a walk around the block and a trip to grandma’s house.
So here goes some semi-quick trip necessities for newborn twins:
1) Diapers for each baby
A two-sided, color-coded, or twin-made diaper bag will suit you best for carrying these and other necessities in. A good rule of thumb is one diaper per baby per hour you are out. Best to be safe rather than sorry or diaper rashed.
That should be a given, but when in a ‘newborn twin fog’ even these can be forgotten. Never leave home without them.
3) Milk not only does a body good it’s necessity, whether formula or from breast.
(If bottle-feeding) bottles with powdered formula available to add hot water to, or if you can swing it I found the newborn Similac bottles with 2 oz in each a absolute godsend for my twins for outings and overnight feedings. (If breastfeeding) some expressed breast-milk, of course, will be needed unless you can find a comfortable place to nurse frequently.
**FYI– Those 2 ounce newbie bottles with nipples sold separately are pricey but worth it early on. Even when they went passed two ounces we divided up those for a little while longer and even bought the next size up. They are just so handy! (Hopefully, you asked for some extras since you had twins at your hospital.)
WOW, much cheaper here by like 1/2 price compared to what we were paying. Grr…
Buy from home & have them delivered!
You can also write Similac and Enfamil, whomever you are using, and request some freebies for multiples. I wrote a letter and said, ” I really want to stick with your brand but it does get quite expensive with new twins.” Not a lie. I did get some free stuff. (It’s never enough but it helps.)
4) Binkies/ nookies/ paci’s/ whatever 😀
If you have a binky sucker or two you will learn this pretty early on. It’s easy to leave home without them, yet impossibly hard once you do. Take extras. You’ll lose or misplace one here or there and end up in drug stores with a screamer or two on your hands. (I KNOW THIS!)
5) Change of clothing. Repeat: change of clothing.
They will spit up. Repeat: They will spit up.
6) Extra socks
You may have a soccer star or two. Socks get lost all of the time. Take along extras.
7) 2 light, medium, or heavy blankets. AKA ‘climate appropriate’.
In the very warm months, only a thin receiving blanket (2) are needed really. (Plus, your light sweaters.)
8 ) A nice travel-sized, memory foam (for comfort) diaper changing pad.
I had one I would highly recommend if I could remember the name. (I’ll find it though.) We used it from about 10 months (when I found it) until full training! It hooks on to everything with Velcro, fits nicely into diaper bags, but you don’t have to take the whole diaper bag into the bathroom with its slim diaper and wipe compartments and cool, magnetic closure. It just makes life easier.
Until I get you the name, check out some of these if you wish:
Portable diaper changers for on the go!
9) Hand sanitizer for after those messy changes, or prior to touching babies after touching other things.
Much easier than hunting down a faucet in an urgent time of need.
10) Sunscreens and sunhats
(The hat if applicable.) On that same weather note, if it’s windy or cold make sure to have a bunting, stroller or car seat cover/boot. Things for warmth if you are exposing a newborn to the elements for any amount of time. They have very delicate skin.
**You can bring a rattle or something to play with, but for the first few months this is an optional thing really. They can’t quite hold and shake them yet. They really do do fine with real-life stimuli. If only it stayed that way!**
Of course, there are extras. Including your stuff to.
(Don’t forget about mom.)
1) Postpartum pads not tampons are needed for a good 4-6 weeks for most.
2) Nursing pads
You don’t want an embarrassing leak through (or two) like I had at Toys R Us 4 days postpartum. I didn’t even have a baby with me and my bobs were bigger than my belly by far so it looked odder. (My last singleton.) Pack them PLEASE!
3) Car and house keys
4) Cell phone with all of your contact info. and emergency contact information in it.
5) Your fave shade of lipstick to bring your sexy back.
6) Scratch mittens for babies (if needed)
7) Little first aid kit
You can always leave this in the car, but some moms like to always carry one.
8 ) Baby lotion for dry, cracked skin
9) Diaper cream for irritated bottoms
10 ) Nursing cover for privacy during breastfeeding
11) An extra…DON’T FORGET- the camera!
Don’t forget to snap away at those precious 1st memories you can never get back again! Hard to remember the charged battery and empty memory card, but it’s SO worth it!
SD cards for your camera. Budget priced!
(I can’t have too many!)
And take your patience along with you. At first, outings may seem a bit taxing and almost not worth it. (Though they are. For all of you!) You just have to slow down your usually amped up pace. You have twins now. Stop and smell the roses. Not once..but twice! You will get used to your new life and daily regime, and it will all work out and get easier over time.
Remember these days. No matter how twinsane things may seem, you will miss them when they grow. I should know 😥 .
”For these are the moments we will cherish forever!
”They turn into memories far too soon.”