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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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)"
"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."
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."