We’ve featured lots of real moms but today is a first – a mama of TWINS! Dory is as sweet as can be and so are her two little ones, David and Audrey. Dory has an awesome list of products both for moms of multiples and singletons. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy – I know you will! We’d love to share your favorites too – just email me for the details. It is easy!
Hi, everyone! I’m Dory, a first-time mom and MOM (mother of multiples). My adorable boy/girl twins Audrey and David are 4-months old and just about as cute as they can be. I can especially say this because we have survived the first 4 months with multiples. Phew! We couldn’t have done this without some much-needed items. I’m so excited to share some of my favorite and most-used products that have been crucial in the success of these first four months with twins. I want to focus on why they are so important for raising twins.
1. Baby Jogger City Select Double Stroller – We are obsessed with our stroller- how easy it is to maneuver, the simple hand-lock, the extra buckles for when we attach car seats, the different ways to turn around the seats, the large storage underneath, and the adjustable hand-rail. My husband really wanted a tandem (front/back) stroller, and I am so happy that he pushed for us to get it. It easily fits through the narrow aisles of Target, but it still gives each baby room to look around the see the world. It is also light enough that I can fold it up (it folds practically flat!) and lift it into my SUV without help.
2. Homemedics SoundSpa Sound Machine – This is crucial to the babies sleeping through all of the movement that occurs in our nursery: changing or feeding one baby, looking for the cat under the crib, putting away that last load of laundry, or even just adjusting to the stimuli in the outside world. We tried a CD with white noise on it, but one of the tracks was a grating noise that didn’t sit well with me, so we invested in this machine. Early on, we set this to a timer, but the babies would wake up the moment the sound went off. We now keep it on all night long and during naps. We love that this machine has different sounds, although we have lately been stuck on the white noise setting. We also love that it can work on batteries or via a plug- perfect for at home and when we travel. Finally, I love how inexpensive it is, compared to some of the others that are on the market.
3. Twin Z nursing pillow – If you don’t have twins, then you probably never heard about this. I’m sorry that you haven’t, because it’s probably the #1 most-used item on this list, with six to eight feedings a day. This is an item that was created by a twin mom, and it is nothing short of amazing! It looks like two Boppy pillows sewn together, but it is so much better and well-made. You can lift up the center section to use it as a back support for tandem (both at the same time) feedings. You can set the babies in each groove on their backs for play time, gross motor development, and drinking bottles. You can also use it as tummy time if they just don’t like to be on the ground. I’ve even seen pictures of 2 and 3 year old twins still using it! There aren’t many items that are specifically made for twins, so we have to make-do with “singleton” items for two babies. This is just for us, and I wish there were something comparable for families with one baby. I just haven’t seen anything as well-made and versatile as the Twin Z!
4. Summer SwaddleMe WrapSack / HALO SleepSack Swaddle
– When we are drained after a long day or delirious because of the 3rd middle-of-the-night feeding, we find it critical that we use either the Summer Infant WrapSack or Halo SleepSack Swaddle to get our babies ready for sleep. We find that both work well, although we like the Summer Infant brand better because of the way that it protects our babies’ skin from the Velcro a bit more than the Halo version. Summer Infant (SwaddleMe) was our go-to brand when we swaddled exclusively, and now that both babies are getting close to turning over, we like that we can have a flexible swaddle (arms in or out).
5. 4MOMS mamaRoo - Ah yes, the item that appears on so many of these Real Mom posts, and for good reason! For months during my pregnancy, we saw these on display at the baby section, and laughed at such a “deluxe” purchase. Then, as we got closer to my due date, I worried about the likelihood of having babies in the NICU. I came across an article that discussed how a NICU was using the MamaRoo for its preemie babies, and I was convinced. My aunt bought it for us, and we couldn’t live without it. I love the different motions (both babies prefer the car ride simulator), the white noise feature, and the fact that you can plug in your music player as well. Lately, when one of the babies has troubles going to sleep, we can put him/her in the MamaRoo and off he/she goes to Lala Land.
6. Tiny Love Soothe N Groove Mobile - This is the mobile that saved my back. With two babies, I have twice the number of arms reaching out for me to hold them. About once per day, I can allow the babies to stay in their cribs a little longer and watch the mobile go around and around, playing the different songs on its cycle. It ends up staying on for about 45 minutes, which is longer than any other mobile we have seen. I also love that we have a different one for Audrey and David, although they run through the same songs. They also are easy to completely remove from the cribs when it is time for sleep (we have some distractible and obsessive babies that would watch it all day if we let them).
7. Sleepers / Footed PJs (Carter’s boy/girl shown) - Oh, this is so totally necessary to have a bunch of these in their wardrobe. First of all, they are perfect for bedtime (especially during the winter months) when paired with a WrapSack or SleepSack Swaddle. There have been many days, however, when that was their all-day wardrobe. They would wake up, eat, and then get changed into a new sleeper. They are also crucial for when we are traveling, whether to the store or to Grandma’s house- they make the perfect all-in-one change of clothes for those on-the-road blowouts or massive spit-ups. Now that it’s warmer weather, we are trading in some of our sleepers for rompers- a little more coverage than onesies, but better for staying cool in the spring and summer heat.
9. Burp Cloths - Ah, the power of the burp cloth/cloth diaper. We have probably close to 30 or 40 of them, and we use about 5-10 a day. We use them as burp cloths and under-the-head to catch spit-ups while nursing, sleeping, or playing. We also line the mats with them when we do tummy time to catch the amazing amount of drool that two babies can produce. We have also used them as car seat protectors, makeshift bibs, and countless other uses. Lately, the twins have also wanted to use them as loveys, clutching and hugging them all day long.
10. Motorola Digital Video Baby Monitor with 2 cameras – By my nature, I am a worry-wort, so I love our monitor. I has two cameras that can tilt, zoom, pan, and read the temperature. The monitor itself can either focus on Camera 1, Camera 2, or scan between the two cribs. We can even talk to the babies by using the built-in mic on the monitor and speakers in the camera. When the babies are older and have their own rooms, we can use each camera in different rooms. When we are ready to go to sleep, I can turn the video off and just listen to the sounds. When I just want to check on them, I can turn the video feed back on with a click of a button. The only downside is that we can’t watch them from our smartphones, but that is ok. I had heard from other twin moms that this is the go-to digital video monitor, and after 4 months, I totally believe it!
10. Skip Hop Activity Gym - We started putting the twins under this really early, and in the past month we have found how much they love grabbing at the toys and talking to their “friends.” Ours is also easy to fold down, take apart, and wash. Although built for one baby, most of the time we put both of them under it at once so they can experience it together (usually while holding hands).
Thanks for sharing your MOM wisdom Dory! xoxo