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I have been in the ‘twin game’ for nearly 6 years now, and in those years I have learned A LOT! I decided to tell you some things that you can and can’t skimp on if you found out that you are having twins. These are all definite must haves though. If you wish to read aboutmust have essentials for newborn twins, and my must haves for toddler twins (1& up), click on the pink link to my articles on that.
So what can you save on and what must you splurge on?
**1st off, pass on this one altogether, PLEASE!**
A twin carrier is totally impractical because after one wear you will be so hurt you won’t EVER want to use or even see it again. Unless you are married to ‘The Rock’ save your money here and continue reading on.
You can skimp on:
You don’t need to buy those pricey Pampers, though it seems as if we all start out this way. That must be why they have that commercial. ”First you get real, and then you get Luvs.” You will think to yourself, ”What’s a few dollars extra per package?” Whelp, think about 6,000 diapers in the 1ST YEAR ALONE, and you can understand how that adds up over time. Also, Pampers to me are over-rated (EXCEPT the swaddlers to start out with.)
Huggies we have had many, many leakage issues with and Luvs have just been the best brand overall. Pampers leaked more than Luvs ever did also, so why should we pay more? Again, most all moms do to start, but then eventually you figure out that sometimes, though cheaper, the less expensive works out to be the best product for your babies. It’s not just about money, which is important with two in tow, but it is also about cleaning up messy, wet clothing and crib sheets.
We went through ALL of them on the market up until 2012. Every single bottle made, we have been there, done that. With twins you don’t want to wash and sterilize a gazillion pieces to a bottle. Dr. Browns was out. Avents often leaked, though we did try, and we ended up with the cheap bottles that cost only $10 for 12 of them in a package! They ended up working out the best and had the fewest leakages. WHO KNEW?
You DEFINITELY want 2 bouncers, but you can get away with the $30 kind vs. the luxury $80 and up models. They grow out of them so fast. They were lifesavers yes, but they don’t have to be so expensive. They aren’t going to last for very long, so while you will want two of them.. buy cheap. Some are even under $30 with the lights and sounds included. This is an item you can buy in a consignment shop too for $12 or $15, as long as you thoroughly wash the fabric and plastic pieces well before giving them to baby, it is all good.
You definitely want safe cribs. You don’t want used cribs unless it is from your former child and it was not involved in any recalls. No drop-sided cribs either. Throw those away if not already. You don’t need to spend $1,000 on a fancy twin crib that ARE beautiful to look at, but won’t even fit your twins for very long at all. I saw them. It was a nice thought, but highly impractical.
Any practical, quality brand crib with positive reviews and a good safety record will do. With sales and coupon codes we got two brand new, gorgeous cribs from Di Vinci that looked far more expensive for just under $400 combined! My daughter who came 4.5 years before that we spent over $500 for one crib. Live and learn.
I do NOT recommend buying a crib from a consignment store. You want a crib with a history you know of personally, but I’d still personally go new unless it was your own and not from a really long time ago. You will need two eventually anyhow, so unless you had former twins… :lol:. (I know it is possible, but rare.)
5) Diaper changing tables
You need a safe place to change your baby, but I found it to be a barely used item for myself and for most moms who end up changing twins in other more odd places.. ha, ha. I say go with a dresser with a lip on it. You need a dresser for clothing anyhow. It is far more practical to get one of these, and in due time you can remove the lip, and your child will have a dresser for when they are older. Oh, and two of these are absolutely unnecessary. I haven’t met a twin mom who has bought two changing tables, but I am certain someone out there has. Unless you are an octopus :lol:.
You need one, and to be practical DO get one with a lip that you can use as a 2 in 1 for a changing table, but don’t buy a $1,000 dresser unless you have money pouring out of your pores. I mean you want quality so it will last the test of time, however, you can find such quality traits without spending too much loot. If you think your twins won’t mark it up with pen and markers down the line, you would be WRONG!
Make sure it is sturdy with sturdy drawers though before purchase. Floppy drawers are dangerous for little ones, and can even harm a foot on an adult as well. If buying online read the reviews about the stability, etc. before buying. Price does NOT always reflect such things. Just a name can send prices sky rocketing. Save some money for diapers and for formula, if you aren’t breastfeeding. That is where you will be spending the most loot.
7) Baby bath tubs
I had to buy two and did we use two? Only one time just so I could prove my husband wrong and that we could in fact use the two. (HA, HA.) But I was not alone either. But he was right. Unless you have your partner in there with you to help out at each and every simultaneous bath it is just extra cash you can save because you will NOT be doing it. Take my word on that one. And you don’t have to go fancy with these either. A $15-$20 bath will do. They will be out of the newborn bath slings before you can blink your eyes.
8 ) Your 1st stroller
(The love of every twin mom’s life. Can you guess it?)
I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful and convenient a double snap and go will make those 1st 6+ months of your life. We went much further with it because we bought the larger car seats. (Snug Ride 35’s.) WELL worth the few extra bucks. We had our top notch stroller that cost over $800 and then an extra $100 for the car seat adapters, but we still lived and learned what every twin mom learns when dealing with ease of use for twins, you are going to want the double snap and go to start with. You just plop in the infant seats and go. Nothing is more convenient, more light-weight and easy to use. I highly recommend it to start out with.
OK, I know there are more, but this post will be growing too long.
Now things you do NOT want to skimp on.
1) Car seats
I can’t tell you how unsafe using someone’s used car seat is. PLEASE do not buy these in any consignment shops. If they were in ANY accident at all they are no longer deemed safe, but you would not know this in such a case. Buy these new, and do buy one that is comfortable, has a high safety rating, has some extra padding in it for comfort and safety in case of a collision, has an easy grab and carry handle, lasts longer (which would be like we had. I highly recommend the Graco 35’s.) I think on sale we got those infant seats for about $150 a piece and well worth it. They let our snap and go last far longer also.
You don’t have to spend $200-$300 on an infant seat, but you do not want to buy the cheapest model on the market with the least amenities. They do grow out of these, so big kid car seats are important to buy a safe, quality brand, as they will last your child for years and you will be spending more on them, but you want to make sure the seats are always safe from start to finish, have a great track record, are recommended by others, and of course, not at all ever involved in any recalls if buying online, just in case. Always buy from a reputable source and do your homework on these important items.
(Your for the duration one.)
After your snap and go is over and done with you will need a big kid double stroller. We definitely did not skimp and were happy for it, although you do not need spend almost $1,000 as we did, however, I do recommend a quality brand, as in the 1st few years of life you will be using one of these for your twins A LOT! Just like with a car seat, check the brand, the safety ratings, read reviews, think about the weight of the stroller, as moms do venture out alone. How much space it takes up, so the size of the stroller vs. your trunk space.
Decide also on front to back or side to side strollers. For myself and for most twin moms they end up doing side to side. My twins fought a lot as babies and tots but I don’t recall having any problems in our stroller. Some configure to face different directions or both towards you both away from you. We had that, but mostly we use it as a regular front facing stroller.
Generally, you usually DO get what you pay for when it comes to strollers. Your typical Graco is usually a lot heavier, bulkier and not as recommended for moms who have enough on their plates getting from place to place with two in tow. A bumble-ride was my second choice to the Stroll-air my Duo, which is what we ended up with. (Buy the way we are selling it if interested WITH the seat adaptors, color red. $500 vs. $900+) I would not buy a double stroller in a consignment store because they can be old models, missing important pieces, possibly involved in a recall. Shop smart and safely, as you have multiple precious cargo on board.
3) A breast pump
If you are feeding twins via breast you will be doing quite a bit of pumping. You don’t want to have a $30 manual pump. You will want to invest in a quality brand, electric pump to keep up with the demands while using a well-rated unit, like a Medela. No worries, in what you are saving on formula by breastfeeding your twins, this purchase will be a drop in the bucket.
4) Crib matresses
20 years ago we didn’t know any better, but now with the revelation of used or old, unwrapped mattresses causing a HUGE increase in SIDS related deaths, we now know the truth about these dangers. Do not buy nor accept a used mattress. Do not use a mattress that is MAXIMUM 18 months old that you have used for a previous child. I still wouldn’t risk it as toxic fumes develop over time (after unwrapping), and these fumes are now directly link to SIDS deaths. Since these are used for a long period of time and then as toddler bed mattresses, I honestly put a lot of thought into this purchase for my girls and bought them a luxurious mattress for their comfort over time. And brand new for their safety as well. I did NOT skimp on this one.
I suggest and got an organic one, and I do not buy all things organic. Read about why it is better for baby, for yourself.
5) Diaper bag
If you ever told me I would ever spend $100-$200 on a diaper bag I would have said you were NUTS, however, you have no idea how big of a purchase it is when it comes to twins. You need something that has all of the amenities and comforts, not to mention space without a huge amount of bulk. Something that stands the test of time and weight. Trust me, your $30 Carter’s diaper bag is NOT going to cut it. Not even close. Take my advice before you end up with a broken diaper bag strap, torn bottom, bad staining or a stuck or busted zipper. Avoid such things and save money and hell in the long run and go with the gold – A Ju-Ju Be Diaper Bag. It is a purchase I cannot tell you how wonderful for moms, especially of multiples, but all moms in general.
They don’t stain, are a cinch to wipe down, the zippers can take on anything (and I do mean anything). They never break, rip, the memory foam diaper pad is great for baby, and the memory foam strap for mommy is great for NO shoulder pain. I bought the backpack and the be-prepared ‘over-nighter’ models. NO regrets. Well worth the price tag my friends. See both of my reviews below. You can stuff them to death and never harm them! True lifesavers. For something that you use so much, I say it is totally worth it, as I have been on both sides of the coin.
OK, so I hope this helped someone out there. Feel free to comment below if you wish to add to the above list or just feel like adding your two cents.