Twin baby gear - the 10% you'll actually use

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The list author says: "Knowing what to buy when you're having twins can feel a little overwhelming. I was fortunate to have a trial run with my oldest child to see what worked and what didn't. These have been the go-to products for my twins in the last year.

* Buy less than you think you need. With twins you won't go out as much as with one baby and you'll eventually want to have as little gear as possible. Think travel gear - lightweight, multipurpose and compact fold.

* Hold off on buying a full stroller until the babies are out of their infant seats (6-10 months) and use a double Snap N Go in the meantime.

* If you're out with twins, have two options in the car if possible - a twin stroller and a single snap-n-go with an Ergo carrier, for example. Double side-by-side strollers do not fit in many places, especially doctor's offices or between parked cars.

* Strollers - If you'll be running errands, shopping at the mall or traveling, the Maclaren Twin Techno or Baby Jogger City Mini are good options. If you spend most of your time outdoors, at the beach or at the park, the Bob Duallie is ideal. To avoid buying two, opt for a multi-purpose stroller that can handle a little of both - indoor and outdoor use - like the Baby Jogger City Select.

* Beware of inexpensive monitors. Sound quality is good and you'll hear baby's every breath, but so will your neighbors and anyone with a similar monitor. Pick one with digital transmission, ideally one with video that will let you see what the babies are doing, not just hear them.

* Check out your local warehouse club for baby items. You may find Subscribe and Save + Amazon Mom give you better deals on diapers, wipes, baby food and liquid formula, plus you'll save time and gas money having everything delivered to your home.

* Skip the Pack n Play – it’s too small with twins. A large play yard is more practical (see below). Hang a diaper holder on the outside and with a waterproof pad, you have a changing station."
Baby Jogger 2013 City Select Stroller with Second Seat - Onyx
1.  Baby Jogger 2013 City Select Stroller with Second Seat - Onyx by Baby Jogger
The list author says:
  "Top rated all-purpose everyday stroller for twins or different age kids. Seats can forward facing (stadium seating) or can be reclined fully rear facing. Huge basket, great canopies. Can be used with 1-2 car seats. Seats fold almost flat, frame stores very compactly. Handles grass, snow and small tight spaces easily. The 2011 model has deeper, firmer, more padded seats."
$549.99   Used & New from: $499.99
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

BABYBJORN BabySitter Balance - Black/Silver
2.  BABYBJORN BabySitter Balance - Black/Silver by BabyBjörn
The list author says:
  "Expensive but worth every penny. Folds flat for travel. Self propelled by baby, can be used for sleeping, playing or eating with three positions. Machine washable cover. My babies adore these and two fit, folded, in the City Select stroller basket when we go to playdates. So cool."
$199.00
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (392 customer reviews)

BABYBJORN Travel Crib Light , Blue
3.  BABYBJORN Travel Crib Light , Blue by BabyBjörn
The list author says:
  "This portable crib sets up in less than 30 seconds and is longer than a regular pac and play, so you'll be able to use it longer. The mattress is comfortable and baby will sleep well as there are no bars in the middle. I use this as a third crib when one twin is too fussy or sick and I need to bring her to another room."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (244 customer reviews)

KidCo GoPod Portable Activity Seat - Pistachio
4.  KidCo GoPod Portable Activity Seat - Pistachio by KidCo
The list author says:
  "Folds into a small tube 30" x 6" x 6", stows easily anywhere at home, in the car or while traveling. Becomes your second set of hands if you need to bring a stroller & babies up and down stairs safely or just plain hold them while you do whatever. Two of these fit in the City Select stroller basket. Comes with tote & shoulder strap."
$49.95   Used & New from: $39.99
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (291 customer reviews)

Phil & Teds Wriggle Wrapper - Gray
5.  Phil & Teds Wriggle Wrapper - Gray by phil&teds
The list author says:
  "The niftiest baby product you've never heard of. Folds to the size of a coffee can. Attaches to a chair or to you for feeding time; to a twin mattress for naps on the go. Gives you an extra pair of hands so YOU can have dinner or work on the computer. Great quality too."
$48.99
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

JJ Cole Collections All-Purpose Blanket, Gray/Green
6.  JJ Cole Collections All-Purpose Blanket, Gray/Green by JJ Cole
The list author says:
  "Huge size, waterproof, easy to clean, folds compactly and you can carry it by the shoulder strap. Ideal for twins."
$23.37   Used & New from: $14.99
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (735 customer reviews)

JJ Cole Urban Bundleme, Stealth, Toddler
7.  JJ Cole Urban Bundleme, Stealth, Toddler by JJ Cole
The list author says:
  "A three season weather cover with warm lining and security pocket. Fits the City Select perfectly and can be adapted for the BOB Duallie. Does not work on Maclaren side by sides."
$59.95   Used & New from: $58.54
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (529 customer reviews)

Tiny Love Super Deluxe Lights and Music Gymini Activity Gym
8.  Tiny Love Super Deluxe Lights and Music Gymini Activity Gym by Tiny Love
The list author says:
  "Lights sounds and lots of toys will keep them busy for a long time."
$47.99   Used & New from: $33.37
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (990 customer reviews)

Ready or Not Here We Come!: The Real Experts' Guide to the First Year With Twins
9.  Ready or Not Here We Come!: The Real Experts' Guide to the First Year With Twins by Elizabeth Lyons
The list author says:
  "A real expert's guide to twins with lots of great ideas."
Used & New from: $0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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Baby Bargains: Secrets to Saving 20% to 50% on baby furniture, gear, clothes, toys, maternity wear and much, much more!
10.  Baby Bargains: Secrets to Saving 20% to 50% on baby furniture, gear, clothes, toys, maternity wear and much, much more! by Denise Fields
The list author says:
  "Includes reviews and ratings for almost all baby products on the market. The must have guide for parents before shopping for baby items or making up the baby registry, guaranteed to save you at least $250 or your money back."
Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (261 customer reviews)

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Maclaren Twin Techno Stroller, Black On Black Frame
11.  Maclaren Twin Techno Stroller, Black On Black Frame by Maclaren
The list author says:
  "A good all-around stroller for twins, most suitable for ages 0 - 2 yrs (past that age it gets harder to push). Has a deep recline and rain cover. Folded, it takes up the back cargo area of a minivan, lying flat."
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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

BOB Revolution SE Duallie Stroller, Orange
12.  BOB Revolution SE Duallie Stroller, Orange by BOB
The list author says:
  "Top rated all-terrain stroller for twins, fairly lightweight and compact for a jogger, as side wheels pop off. Look for black wheels for beach use (no rust). More suited for ages 1-4 yrs as it's super easy to push heavy kids with it. Best for use outdoors, it's too long to use indoors easily. Folded, it takes up 3/4 of cargo area in minivan with little room for much else."
$486.99
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (344 customer reviews)

Lassig Messenger Diaper Bag, Circles Royal
13.  Lassig Messenger Diaper Bag, Circles Royal by Lassig
The list author says:
  "One of the best and roomiest diaper bags around, with a wide comfortable strap and lots of pockets for both baby and mom and dad. Comes in dozens of colors, plus the cover can be changed easily to fit your mood or style. The stroller hooks fit both side-by-sides and tandem strollers."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Summer Infant Best View Handheld Color Video Monitor with 2.5" Screen
14.  Summer Infant Best View Handheld Color Video Monitor with 2.5" Screen by Summer Infant
The list author says:
  "The ideal video monitor for twins. Pan feature lets you go from one crib to another with just one camera; zoom; night vision; volume adjust & flashing lights. Batteries in the monitor hold charge for a long time. Place a second camera (sold separately) next to playard, or wherever else you need it in the house. Monitor allows viewing with up to 4 cameras."
$199.99
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (338 customer reviews)

Sony 900 MHz BabyCall Nursery Monitor with Receivers
15.  Sony 900 MHz BabyCall Nursery Monitor with Receivers by Sony
The list author says:
  "One of the best monitors on the market, it picks up your baby's every sound. Volume can be adjusted and flashing lights will show when baby's crying as well. Does not interfere with electronics; cannot be picked up by neighbors. Monitor batteries last a long time too."
$49.59   Used & New from: $34.95
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (294 customer reviews)

Pampers Swaddlers Newborn 240 Diapers (12 packs of 20)
16.  Pampers Swaddlers Newborn 240 Diapers (12 packs of 20) by Pampers
The list author says:
  "Buy just one box of newborn diapers at first, newborns grow fast! Fold over the front and secure so that the belly button can dry. Place some vaseline on baby's bottom or a thin film on the diaper to prevent diaper rash. Ceck out subscribe & Save and Amazon mom for 30% off retail and 2-day free delivery."
$49.10   Used & New from: $38.59
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,935 customer reviews)

Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment, Advanced Therapy, 14 Ounce Jar (Pack of 2)
17.  Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment, Advanced Therapy, 14 Ounce Jar (Pack of 2) by Aquaphor
The list author says:
  "Use after diaper changes to treat and prevent diaper rash. After baths to moisturize kin, especially if your baby suffers from infant eczema."
$34.01   Used & New from: $26.02
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (541 customer reviews)

simplehuman Step Trash Can, Slim, Plastic, 10-1/2 Gallons, White
18.  simplehuman Step Trash Can, Slim, Plastic, 10-1/2 Gallons, White by simplehuman
The list author says:
  "A great trash can for the nursery that uses regular kitchen bags. Good size for multiples, discreet so it fits any decor, locks so other children and pets can't open it. Cleans easily with soap and water. Available in black."
$79.99
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)

Gerber 12-Pack Flatfold Birdseye Cloth Diapers - White
19.  Gerber 12-Pack Flatfold Birdseye Cloth Diapers - White by Gerber
The list author says:
  "Great to have around for feeding (as a bib under baby's chin), burping, under baby's head in the crib to protect sheets, in bottom of baby tub to prevent slipping."
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3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

Medela Value Pack Bpa-free Feeding Gift Set : New Wide Base Nipple
20.  Medela Value Pack Bpa-free Feeding Gift Set : New Wide Base Nipple by Medela
The list author says:
  "A great starter set for breastfeeding moms. Two or three of these will see you through the first four months."
$19.37   Used & New from: $13.00
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)

Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump
21.  Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump by Medela
The list author says:
  "A rented Medela hospital pump is your best bet for twins (your insurance might reimburse you). This is a good backup to keep at home and/ or your diaper bag - easy to use, gentle, very efficient and works with all Medela bottles."
$30.49   Used & New from: $24.95
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (822 customer reviews)

Scotch Heavy Duty Packaging Tape, 1.88 Inches x 800 Inches, 6 Rolls (142-6)
22.  Scotch Heavy Duty Packaging Tape, 1.88 Inches x 800 Inches, 6 Rolls (142-6) by Scotch
The list author says:
  "Use packing tape & sharpie pen to label bottles, date/ time prepared and name of baby. Especially useful if they're on different formulas."
$17.05   Used & New from: $13.49
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (516 customer reviews)

Similac Advance Infant Formula with Iron, Stage 1 Ready-to-Feed Bottles, 8 Ounce, (Pack of 24) (Packaging May Vary)
23.  Similac Advance Infant Formula with Iron, Stage 1 Ready-to-Feed Bottles, 8 Ounce, (Pack of 24) (Packaging May Vary) by Similac
The list author says:
  "Ready-to-feed 8-oz bottles of liquid formula - enough for two hungry babies. Just attach nipple for middle of the night feedings or keep in your diaper bag for easy feeding on the go. Twist top lets you use as much as you need, save the rest up to 2 hrs room temp or 48 hrs refrigerated."
$44.99   Used & New from: $31.77
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (452 customer reviews)

Kidde KN-COSM-BA Battery-Operated Combination Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Alarm with Talking Alarm
24.  Kidde KN-COSM-BA Battery-Operated Combination Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Alarm with Talking Alarm by Kidde
The list author says:
  "Place in nursery and in hallways, bedrooms, foyer, living areas and kitchen. Check batteries everytime you change your clocks."
$32.24   Used & New from: $24.02
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,014 customer reviews)

Johnson's Head-to-Toe Baby Wash, 15-Ounce Package (Pack of 6)
25.  Johnson's Head-to-Toe Baby Wash, 15-Ounce Package (Pack of 6) by Johnson's
The list author says:
  "The #1 baby wash used in hospitals - for good reason. It's mild and makes a great body and facial wash for mom too."
$28.42   Used & New from: $21.24
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream for Dry, Sensitive Skin, Fragrance Free, Non-comedogenic (20 Oz)
26.  Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream for Dry, Sensitive Skin, Fragrance Free, Non-comedogenic (20 Oz) by Cetaphil
The list author says:
  "Great cream for sensitive skin, for baby and for mom. Can be used anywhere, even a small dab on your hands can tame unruly hair."
$15.09   Used & New from: $8.32
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)

The First Years Sure Comfort Newborn to Toddler Tub
27.  The First Years Sure Comfort Newborn to Toddler Tub by The First Years
The list author says:
  "A good starter tub for newborn to 6 months or so."
$26.41   Used & New from: $13.99
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)

PRIMO EuroBath, Pearl White
28.  PRIMO EuroBath, Pearl White by Primo
The list author says:
  "The best baby tub available, if you have the room - goes all the way to toddlerhood."
$24.99   Used & New from: $23.77
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,136 customer reviews)

All Powder Laundry Detergent, Free Clear Allergen Fighter, 40-Load Box (Pack of 4)
29.  All Powder Laundry Detergent, Free Clear Allergen Fighter, 40-Load Box (Pack of 4) by All
The list author says:
  "A good detergent for washing baby clothes, diapers and all the family laundry, especially if your babies have sensitive skin. Cleans baby stains very well after just one wash in warm water, better than Dreft and less $$."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

American Baby Company 100% Cotton Value Jersey Knit Fitted Portable/Mini Sheet, Celery
30.  American Baby Company 100% Cotton Value Jersey Knit Fitted Portable/Mini Sheet, Celery by American Baby Company
The list author says:
  "These sheets work perfectly on the Baby Bjorn travel crib at a fraction of the cost. You'll need 2-4."
$6.99
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (826 customer reviews)

HALO SleepSack 100% Cotton Swaddle, Cream, Small
31.  HALO SleepSack 100% Cotton Swaddle, Cream, Small by Halo
The list author says:
  "The sleepsack replaces blankets, which can be a hazard for young babies. Available in cotton or microfleece, which is light enough to use all year if you have A/C. Use footed PJs in the winter for extra warmth."
$16.49   Used & New from: $11.04
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (665 customer reviews)

Baby Trend Double Snap N Go Stroller Frame, Black
32.  Baby Trend Double Snap N Go Stroller Frame, Black by Baby Trend
The list author says:
  "Skip the full size stroller for the first 6 months. You won't have to wake up sleeping babies to get them into the car or into a stroller. This frame is very light and compact and holds two car seats with ample storage underneath."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)

 
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Baby Trend Universal Double Snap-N-Go Stroller Frame by Baby Trend

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Baby Trend Flex-Loc Infant Car Seat, Chatham
33.  Baby Trend Flex-Loc Infant Car Seat, Chatham by Baby Trend
The list author says:
  "A good car seat if your car is small and you need to fit three car seats across (works well with a Radian 65 in midsize SUVs)"
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3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

 
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Baby Trend Sit N Stand Double Stroller, Elixer by Baby Trend

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Baby's Cozy World Microfiber & Fleece Carrier Cover - Taupe
34.  Baby's Cozy World Microfiber & Fleece Carrier Cover - Taupe by Baby's Cozy World
The list author says:
  "In winter, look for carrier covers that snap on top of the car seat like a shower cap. Sleeping bag type ones can interfere with the harness in a crash and compress -safety experts do not recommend them."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

 
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Jolly Jumper Arctic Sneak A Peek Infant Car Seat Cover Black by Jolly Jumper

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ERGObaby Infant Insert
35.  ERGObaby Infant Insert by ERGObaby
The list author says:
  "Used with the Ergo, it holds babies 0-4 months in a comfortable sitting position, supporting their developing hips and backbone."
$28.00   Used & New from: $19.00
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (211 customer reviews)

Bright Starts Comfort and Harmony Bouncer, Biscotti Baby
36.  Bright Starts Comfort and Harmony Bouncer, Biscotti Baby by Bright Starts
The list author says:
  "A good bouncer for babies up to 25 lbs. Great for napping or for feeding two babies at once."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)

 
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Comfort & Harmony Cradling Bouncer, Penelope Petals by Comfort & Harmony

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North States Superyard Play Yard, Grey, 6 Panel
37.  North States Superyard Play Yard, Grey, 6 Panel by North States Industries
The list author says:
  "This playard will keep you sane. Enough said. Put little toys on each corner to create play stations. Place soft interlockable tiles underneath (run a pen around the inside and cut to size to keep babies from moving it around and cover with a large quilt. Best with two extensions."
$68.89   Used & New from: $51.69
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,499 customer reviews)

Pet Yard Plastic Exercise Pen Expansion Panel, 2-Piece, Gray
38.  Pet Yard Plastic Exercise Pen Expansion Panel, 2-Piece, Gray by North States Industries
The list author says:
  "Use with playard to make a good-size area for you and your twins, with lots of room to play and sleep. Put down soft rubber tiles, cover them with a large washable quilt, put an activity mat on top and toys on each corner and you'll have a safe environment to keep the babies happily playing or sleeping."
$33.99   Used & New from: $25.99
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)

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Last updated: 4/2/11
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