You hear that a lot when people find out you are pregnant with twins. To this I think most twin moms will say, “Ha!” There is no buy one get one for having two babies, and you still need two of several baby items. Fortunately you don’t need two of everything, but you do need two of most of the basics. So what do you actually need two of? What can you skip? What can you wait to buy? I’m going to break it down for you. First up will be what gear I actually used in the first few months with my girls. For the second part I decided to do a little digital shopping to see how much this would all cost to buy new. We were blessed with a lot of hand me downs and my husband’s amazing garage sale shopping abilities, so we got some real deals. But not everyone has the time or resources to do that kind of work. I wanted to keep the initial investment as low as possible while sticking to products we have actually used as much as possible, and aimed for a $1000 budget. That’s $500 a baby, which I think is reasonable. Let’s do this.
First up is the list of the gear you will need in the first couple of months.
You need two:
Bassinets: AAP safety guidelines recommend a separate sleeping area for each baby. The bassinet is only used for a short time, but it is handy to have something a little smaller that can be in your room. I like the bassinets that top pack and plays. That way when you are done with the top you still have a pack and play to use.
Cribs: Once your babies are in their own room they will need their own beds. Most cribs these days convert into toddler beds, so despite having to buy two you will use it for a few years.
Crib mattresses: Two cribs, two mattresses. It makes sense.
Car seats: If you want to drive anywhere, you need two car seats. There is no way to get around this one.
Bouncer/swing/baby seat: I know this sounds mean, but sometimes you have to put the babies down. You do need a place to put each baby. Yes they need floor time, but the floor isn’t always the best place, especially if you have older children running around. I like the bouncer because they are easier to move to different parts of your house. They are also very helpful for soothing two babies at once. I think the bouncer is easier to customize the motion to the level of fuss.
There isn’t really that much that you need literally two of them. Unfortunately these are most of the big ticket items, making it more expensive.
There are only two twin specific items I could think of that we used this year.
Twin nursing pillow: I didn’t use a pillow with my singleton, but with twins it made all the difference.
Double stroller: If you want to leave the house you need a way to get those babies around. There are twin wraps for babywearing, but I prefer to use a stroller. One person can push both babies with a double stroller.
Other things (diapers, wipes, burp cloths, swaddles, outfits, blankets, toys, bottles if you are using them, pacifiers, etc) you need more of, but not necessarily a certain number. If you are willing to do more laundry you can get by with fewer of these items. I would buy some to start, but wait to get more until you see a real need.
Items the baby doesn’t really interact with or things you know you will use one at a time you only need one of. These are things like a monitor, a sound machine (although if your twins have different rooms you may need two), baby bath, and pump.
Items to skip:
There are two big items I would skip. This is personal preference, but I actually had these items available when the girls were newborns and didn’t use them.
Changing table: I changed my girls on a table once. Now, I used it all the time with just one baby. But with two it is way easier to just camp out on the floor. I know, it doesn’t sound fancy, but it is way faster.
Glider or rocker:
I used a rocker when nursing one baby. Two babies mean you need way more room. We didn’t want to spend the money on another furniture item so we skipped this and it worked out just fine. I could nurse on the couch. As the girls got older they started to be impatient if they finished first. Nursing on the floor meant the early finisher could gently roll off the pillow and get back to playing without disturbing her sister.
How much will it cost?
How much can you expect to spend on all your twin gear? Well as little as possible would be the goal. I decided to see what I could find on Amazon, everyone’s favorite online store, to get everything I need as cheaply as possible. (These prices were as I found them as of the original publication date of this post, 2/24/17. They may have changed with time.) These are all either the products we actually used, or as close as I could find.