For the Twins

A Listmania! list by April T. "April T." (Portland, OR USA)
The list author says: "As a mother of multiples, you don't have time nor the money to waste on products. My list offers the best products I found for my kids, Madelyn & Dillon. Both have unique personalities & body shapes which always plays a role in finding products that fit your baby's needs. I hope you find my list helpful!

It's hard to go shopping with twins, do yourself a favor & become an Amazon.com Prime member for free 2day shipping on many items. I do all my holiday, birthday shopping & lots of baby shopping through them. For example, I signed up for 4 cases of Seventh Generation diapers to be delivered to my home free of charge every month. Cost saved: $30/month or 5 cents/diaper.

Costco's generic formula is great along with their wipes. Name brand formula can be bought at a huge savings from www.bulkforcheap.com. I save $7/can on Similac's Alimentum."
When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads, Revised Edition
1.  When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads, Revised Edition by Barbara Luke
The list author says:
  "PREGNANCY INFORMATION.  This provided me piece of mind when I was suprised to find we were expecting twins.  My OB didn't agree with the recommended high calorie diet & I couldn't eat that much.  In the end, I had twins over 5lbs each & went to 36.5 weeks. Again, parts of book are great with facts backed by medical research journals."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (383 customer reviews)

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Ready or Not Here We Come!: The Real Experts' Guide to the First Year With Twins
2.  Ready or Not Here We Come!: The Real Experts' Guide to the First Year With Twins by Elizabeth Lyons
The list author says:
  "HELP WITH THE 1st YEAR"
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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Be Prepared
3.  Be Prepared by Jeannie Hayden
The list author says:
  "FOR THE DAD.  This book was a gift to my husband. It is the "Cliff Notes" to all those other baby books I poured over during my pregnancy.  Save some time & money & buy this book.  Wonderful humor coupled with pratical advise."
$10.88   Used & New from: $0.04
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (549 customer reviews)

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Twins: A Step-by-Step Program for Sleep-Training Your Multiples
4.  Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Twins: A Step-by-Step Program for Sleep-Training Your Multiples by Dr Marc Weissbluth
The list author says:
  "SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT.  Read this book before the babies are born to help you get a jump start on synching your twins sleep patterns.  At 5 months old, we implemented a morning & afternoon 3 hr nap (each), then twins slept a full 11 hours through the night!!!  What a huge difference in our lives.  Wordy, but helpful."
$10.09   Used & New from: $0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat - Atmosphere
5.  Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat - Atmosphere by Chicco
The list author says:
  "EASILY TRANSPORTING TWINS.  AGES 0-12 MONTHS.  These are SUPER SOFT & COMFY!!!  The material wipes up easily.  Seats can get a bit warm so don't over dress your twins.  Our twins out grew these at 12 months because they were too tall."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

Baby Trend Double Snap N Go Stroller Frame, Black
6.  Baby Trend Double Snap N Go Stroller Frame, Black by Baby Trend
The list author says:
  "GETTING AROUND & GROCERY SHOPPING WITH TWINS.  AGES 0-12 MONTHS.  Your FIRST stroller...allows your kids to stay asleep in their car seats as you take them around town.  I have Chicco KeyFit 30 seats which this isn't designed for, but I found the stroller strap secures the seats nicely.  The bottom basket area can hold 3 bags of groceries!"
Used & New from: $169.09
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)

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Soothies Infant Pacifier 2 Pack - Blue
7.  Soothies Infant Pacifier 2 Pack - Blue by The First Years
The list author says:
  "SELF SOOTHING.  AGES 0-6+ months.  My twins used these in the hospital, so I purchased 10 more & strategically placed them around the house (one in each crib, stroller seat, car seat, bouncy chair, 3 in diaper bag). At 5 months I tried their pink Soothies for my daughter, but the stiffer material was rejected by her.  Other pacifiers are "cuter", but just didn't work for us."
$7.95
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

Seventh Generation Chlorine Free Baby Diapers, Newborn (Up to 10 Lbs), 40 Count (Pack of 4)
8.  Seventh Generation Chlorine Free Baby Diapers, Newborn (Up to 10 Lbs), 40 Count (Pack of 4) by Seventh Generation
The list author says:
  "SAVING ON DIAPERS.  AGES 0-2YRS.  My twins came home in Pampers Swaddlers for newborns, which I LOVE!  I decided to use these for the environment instead of cloth diapers.  A bit stiffer than others, but keep the poop/pee in & good for environment. Buy in bulk from Amazon with free monthly deliver, no taxes & 15% off! One less thing to think about is so important."
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3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump with Shoulder Bag
9.  Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump with Shoulder Bag by Medela
The list author says:
  "I purchased this used & got then ordered replacement tubing, pump pieces through Medela's authorized local dealers. I found it to be more than adequate to start my milk supply for the twins from birth. Invaluable in managing the feeding of twins allowing me to let family/husband feed via bottle & for me to store.  The pump helped me to provide my twins with 85% breast milk via bottle or directly."
$348.56   Used & New from: $334.94
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)

Born Free - Gift Set
10.  Born Free - Gift Set by Born Free
The list author says:
  "PREVENTING COLIC.  These bottles are BPA free, plastic (so won't break when thrown) & wonderful at reducing colic & helping my twins burp easier.  I purchased 2 sets giving me all the bottles I needed: one for morning, lunch, afternoon & evening. I filled 5oz bottles to 6oz.  I tried Dr Browns too."
$33.80   Used & New from: $33.00
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

Boppy Bare Naked Pillow
11.  Boppy Bare Naked Pillow by Boppy
The list author says:
  "HELP WITH FEEDING & CONTAINING TWINS.  Feedings were a breeze with two boppy pillows.  Put both twins in a single crib, each in their own boppy.  Feed each with a bottle.  When time to burp, give one a pacifier, burp/change the other & switch.  Continue feeding."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (274 customer reviews)

Fisher-Price Rainforest Melodies and Lights Deluxe Gym
12.  Fisher-Price Rainforest Melodies and Lights Deluxe Gym by Fisher-Price
The list author says:
  "ENTERTAINMENT.  Wonderful!  Sounds of rainforest is a nice change from the musical toys.  Volume is a bit loud, but put a burp cloth over the unit to make it quieter.  Sturdy bars are appreciated when my twins started to kick at them.  Easily twists at bar cross over for quick collapse & storage."
$54.87   Used & New from: $47.88
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,195 customer reviews)

Fisher-Price Newborn-To-Toddler Rocker, Animal Fun
13.  Fisher-Price Newborn-To-Toddler Rocker, Animal Fun by Fisher-Price
The list author says:
  "ENTERTAINMENT & CONTAINMENT.  I purchased an older version of this chair & love how it accomodates my twins from birth to toddler & prefer the ones with metal legs. Be sure to get one with a deep enough seat & nice padded bottom for when your kid kicks.  Alternatively, you can use 2 tall free standing swings, but that just takes up more space in your home."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo
14.  Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo by Fisher-Price
The list author says:
  "ENTERTAINMENT & CONTAINMENT.  Love this!  I bought one & rotate my twins between it & their play gym. Seat comes out for easy cleaning & adjusts for height as your child grows. Sturdier than doorway ones or non round bottom based ones.  Roates 360 degrees is key.  Kids discover new toys as they can turn themselves around. Hanging leaves bent easily."
$78.29   Used & New from: $62.30
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,455 customer reviews)

BOB Sun Shield For Revolution Duallie Models
15.  BOB Sun Shield For Revolution Duallie Models by BOB
The list author says:
  "GETTING OUT IN THE SUN.  The sun in New Mexico is so intense, you'll need this!  Alternative ones don't fit so well.  Again, try to get it used."
Used & New from: $61.00
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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BOB Weather Shield For Revolution Duallie Models in Yellow
16.  BOB Weather Shield For Revolution Duallie Models in Yellow by BOB
The list author says:
  "GETTING OUT IN THE RAIN.  Wonderful for raining climates like Portland, OR."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

Super Baby Food
17.  Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron
The list author says:
  "FEEDING & SAVING MONEY.  AGES 3-9 MONTHS.  I made almost all the twins' food at home for the first 6 months of their feeding.  Twice a month I batch cooked & pureed food, froze it into ice cube trays & put them in marked zip lock bags.  Each nigh I removed enough food cubes into glass container in the frig to be microwaved for the following day's meals."
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Northstate Superyard Playgate Light Gray
18.  Northstate Superyard Playgate Light Gray by North States Industries
The list author says:
  "CONTAINMENT.  When the twins started rolling & crawling, I used this snap together gate to enclose them with their toys.  Buy it used to save $$.  Or skip it & moved to the KidCo gate & extension system.  (See my list below)"
$61.86   Used & New from: $60.00
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (371 customer reviews)

9" extension for KidCo's HearthGate Baby Gate
19.  9" extension for KidCo's HearthGate Baby Gate by KidCo
The list author says:
  "CONTAINMENT.  When the twins started standing, I moved from the superyard to these Kidco gates & extensions to create a permanent play area in our livingroom.  The kids were well contained, learned their toys were only in our new gated "play area" & safe for times I needed to leave the room.  The swing open gates made entry & exit easy for adults."
$44.97

Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Car Seat, Matrix
20.  Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Car Seat, Matrix by Graco
The list author says:
  "10 MONTHS OLD+"
$123.49   Used & New from: $106.80
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,448 customer reviews)

Traveling Toddler Car Seat Travel Accessory
21.  Traveling Toddler Car Seat Travel Accessory by Traveling Toddler
The list author says:
  "TRAVELING.  Compact, easy to use & affordable, this strap secures a full size car seat to your luggage while your twin sits on the seat.  Wheel safely through the airport quickly.  I got these for a flight when our twins were 22 months old & they loved the ride!"
$13.99   Used & New from: $11.47
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (530 customer reviews)

Foogo by Thermos Leak-Proof SS 12 oz Straw Bottle in Blue
22.  Foogo by Thermos Leak-Proof SS 12 oz Straw Bottle in Blue by Foogo by Thermos
The list author says:
  "CONVERTING FROM BOTTLES TO CUPS.  My strategy to get the twins to cups was to use items with straws.  Milk went into these thermoses which keeps it cool for hours long.  Things to note (1) thermos is not leak proof, so only give it to the twins in a high chair  (2) dishwasher heat drying will undo the glued based, (3) expect the flip lid to break from being dropped."
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Munchkin 2 Pack Mighty Grip Straw Cup, 10 Ounce, Colors May Vary
23.  Munchkin 2 Pack Mighty Grip Straw Cup, 10 Ounce, Colors May Vary by Munchkin
The list author says:
  "CONVERTING FROM BOTTLES TO CUPS.  My second tool in addition to the thermos for milks.  Use these cups for water/juice only.  They are leak proof, very easy to grip with narrow center which is perfect for very young ages.  I refused to put milk in these because the straw parts are hard to clean.  Cup easily separates out parts for a quick run through the dishwasher."
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Munchkin Two Snack Catchers, Colors May Vary
24.  Munchkin Two Snack Catchers, Colors May Vary by Munchkin
The list author says:
  "HERDING KIDS TO THE CAR.  I have these snack cups in the car & only in the car.  Filled with assorted crackers, I easily get the kids to put shoes & coats on or walk themselves to the car by saying, "Let's go get your snack cups in the car".  The cups keep the kids happy & appetites appeased on car drives."
$4.47   Used & New from: $1.34
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (651 customer reviews)

Ready or Not . . . There We Go!:  The REAL Experts' Guide to the Toddler Years with Twins
25.  Ready or Not . . . There We Go!: The REAL Experts' Guide to the Toddler Years with Twins by Elizabeth Lyons
The list author says:
  "HELP WITH TODDLER ISSUES.  Once twins turn 1yr old & walking, a whole new world of challenges appear that parents can't begin to think of.  This book covers most of them for the toddler years.  For example, how to physically get the twins from the car to the grocery store and more scenarios."
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Twin Spin - Tunes for Twins
26.  Twin Spin - Tunes for Twins by Twin Spin
The list author says:
  "I LOVE this CD!! Purchased it when my twins were 6 months old. A year later and the kids fall into a march when I bust out the words "Oh when the twins go marching..." The songs are each unique, up beat, & pleasant to listen to over & over again. What a fun thing to have to help your twins learn why they are unique."
$15.96   Used & New from: $7.49
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Two is for Twins
27.  Two is for Twins by Wendy Cheyette Lewison
The list author says:
  "A beautifully illustrated book book that emphasizes the connection between twins & the number two."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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